THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS
What should a good sermon be about?
About Jesus ... and about 20 minutes.
26 In the fear of the LORD is strong confidence: and his children shall have a place of refuge.
27 The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.
Having received the Perfect Gift, JESUS, we live in the "fear of the LORD."
What is "the fear" of the Lord?
It is not trembling and shaking at His presence.
It is awesome reverence for His Supreme power and character.
It is recognizing His Holiness, omniscience and omnipotence.
It is recognizing that He is above all "principalities and power." (Col. 1:16)
And, it is knowing that with Him anything is possible and without Him we can do nothing acceptable in His sight.
Notice the results of having a "fear" of the Lord.
First, it brings "strong confidence."
When we surrender ourselves to the King of Kings, then we realize that the end of all things rests in His perfect will.
Only He, and no other authority, determines our eternal state.
Therefore, there is no fear of the circumstances of life, because all ultimately ends in perfect communion with Him.
Second, this confidence yields a "place of refuge" for the children of the Lord.
Being reared in an atmosphere of surety, God's children find hope and trust in the Lord.
They learn sweet peace in prayer.
They learn to rely upon the infallible inerrancy of the Scriptures.
And they learn the comfort of serving in the body of believers. (Eph. 4:11-16)
When life deals difficult blows, they know where to find a corner of rest.
Third, knowing Jesus as Lord provides a "fountain of life."
Receiving Christ means receiving the overflowing wisdom of His Holy Spirit. (Prov. 18:4, John 7:38)
Christians are able to study the Bible and learn the truths of God. (John 14:26)
The same Holy Spirit Who teaches those truths helps us remember them. (John 14:26)
Having awesome reverence for the LORD, we find there is purpose in each day.
Therefore, each day is worthy of our best efforts, even though it may present "the snares of death."
If you have surrendered to the Supreme Holy Lord, then know that there is security, rest, and purpose for each day.
Live in awesome reverence of, or the “fear of the LORD!”