Come, O Children, listen to me;
I will teach you to fear the LORD.
What man is there who desires life and loves many days,
That he may see good?
Many of us are familiar with Psalm 111:10, The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom. The passage for this week in Psalm 34 tells us that if we listen to the author (David) he will teach us to fear the Lord. It would seem, then, that the “fear” of the LORD is a good thing, but what does it mean to fear the LORD?
Fear, today, is a word that is associated with a strong aversion for the unknown. It is an uneasiness, or dread of the unknown. God is not something that we do not know, nor is he something that we need to dread. God loves us and wants the best for us. He wants a relationship with us and he provided for that relationship through the death of his Son, Jesus Christ. So what does it mean that, “I will teach you to fear the Lord.”?
Fear of the LORD, in Scripture is a deep respect or awe. The word fear, in Scripture, is not the same as the way that we use it today. This verse is calling us to have a reverence, or awe, deep respect for God. To put him in his rightful place as king and Lord of our lives. The word fear, here I n this verse, is conveying the idea of establishing God in his rightful place in our lives, and only when we do that can we truly desire good and seek to understand his ways.
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