Psalm 34:11 Come, ye children, hearken unto me: I will teach you the fear of the Lord.
One reason I decided to study Psalms was to know God more intimately. I thought to myself, who knew God better than David? So far I have learned of God’s love, protection, provision and desire for His children. I’ve learned different prayers. That as long as I cry out to God, He hears me! One issue/topic I’ve struggled with is fear of the Lord. Then I read this verse and I am blessed all over again. When you truly seek God, seek His righteousness, He provides the answers you need. David in this verse promises to teach us the fear of the Lord. I thought I used to fear the Lord, but in all reality I was afraid of Him. I was afraid if I made a mistake, if I made ANY decisions and God didn’t like them, He would be angry with me. My view of God was so wrong it took years for God to set me right. Over and over David declares what God hates. Fear of the Lord is refraining from those hates. Guile, gossip/false testimony, envy, strife and many more listed throughout the scriptures. Point is, we must view God as He is, not as we interpret Him to be. Yes God hates certain acts, but He never hates us. Should we commit one of these acts we must confess and turn from that sin. Not only are we forgiven, but God still loves us the same. Never any less.
Knowing God the way I do now and knowing He loves me, I am blown away. Understanding the fear of the Lord is important to me because I never want to disrespect Him or hurt Him. Not purposely. God is my all in all. I know He only wants what’s best for me, therefore that is exactly what He gives me.