Amazing Blessings and Benefits of Fearing God
“Blessed is the man who fears the Lord, who finds great delight in his commands. His children will be mighty in the land; the generation of the upright will be blessed. Wealth and riches are in his house, and his righteousness endures forever” (Psalm 112:1).
For many years I brushed through the Bible’s exhortations to “Fear God” because I didn’t understand what they really meant. I wondered why God would tell us not to be afraid if his presence elicited fear and sometimes terror in those who witnessed it in the Bible. Whenever God’s glory caused human fear to rise up, the next words written in scripture are, “Do not be afraid.”
Moses told the Israelites not to be afraid, but to fear God!” Read this post to see some of these examples. The phrase, Fear the Lord is repeated throughout the Bible because its words are life-changing and life-giving.
Psalm 19:9 tells us the fear of the Lord is pure and endures forever.
The Bible contains many verses about how we can fear the Lord and it also tells us why we should:
And now Israel, what does the Lord your God ask of you but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to him, to love him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to observe the Lord’s commands and decrees that I am giving to you today for your own good (Deuteronomy 10:12-13).
We are called to fear the Lord for our own good!
The following verses describe the benefits available to us.
Knowledge of His Power:
When God dried up the Jordan River: “He did this so that all the peoples of the earth might know that the hand of the Lord is powerful and so that you might always fear the Lord your God” (Joshua 4:24).
Wisdom and Understanding:
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding. To him belongs eternal praise” (Psalm 111:10). Also see Proverbs 9:10
“The fear of the Lord adds length to life but the years of the wicked are cut short” (Proverbs 10:27).
“Who then are those who fear the Lord? He will instruct them in the ways they should choose” (Psalm 25:12).
“Fear the Lord you his holy people, for those who fear him lack nothing” (Psalm 34:9).
“He fulfills the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cry and delivers them” (Psalm 145:19).
“The Lord delights in those who fear him who put their trust in his unfailing love” (Psalm 147:11).
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge”
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding” (Proverbs 9:10).
“Through love and faithfulness sin is atoned for; through the fear of the Lord evil is avoided” (Proverbs 16:6).
“The fear of the Lord leads to life; then one rests content, untouched by trouble” (Proverbs 19:23).
A Sure Foundation:
“He will be the sure foundation for your times, a rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge, the fear of the Lord is the key to this treasure” (Isaiah 33:6).
“Do not let your heart envy sinners, but be zealous for the fear of the LORD all the day; for surely there is a hereafter, and your hope will not be cut off” (Proverbs 23:17-18).
“The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, to turn one away from the snares of death” (Proverbs 14:27).
“The fear of the LORD leads to life, and he who has it will abide in satisfaction; he will not be visited with evil” (Proverbs 19:23).
“The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them” (Psalm 34:7).
“But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love” (Psalm 33:18).
“He sought God during the days of Zechariah, who instructed him in the fear of God. As long as he sought the Lord, God gave him success” (2 Chronicles 26:5).
“And his mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation” (Luke 1:50).
“He fulfills the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cries and saves them” (Psalm 145:19).
“Blessed are all who fear the Lord, who walk in obedience to him. You will eat the fruit of your labor; blessing and prosperity will be yours. Your wife will be like a fruitful vine within your house; your children will be like olive shoots around your table. Yes, this will be the blessing for the man who fears the Lord” (Psalm 128:1-4).
“Whoever fears the Lord has a secure fortress, and for their children it will be a refuge” (Proverbs 14:26).
“Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting: but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised” (Proverbs 31:30).
“The Lord confides in those who fear him; he makes his covenant known to them” (Psalm 25:14).
Compassion, Love, and Forgiveness:
“For as high as the heavens are above the earth so great is his love for those who fear him, as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us. As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him; for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust. The life of mortals is like grass, they flourish like a flower on a field; the wind blows over it and it is gone, and its place remembers it no more. But from everlasting to everlasting the Lord’s love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children’s children—with those who keep his covenant and remember to obey his precepts” (Psalm 103:11-18).
“The Lord delights in those who fear him, who put their hope in his unfailing love” (Psalm 147:11).
Ok, so now after learning about what it means to fear the Lord and why it is good for us, maybe you are wondering how? How do I fear the Lord? How does fearing the Lord help me learn to trust in God?
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