In the “seeker” friendly church environment, we often hold back the hard messages–for fear we may offend a potential seeker and drive them from the Lord. Paul said, “I have become all things to all people that I may win some to Christ.” I Corinthians 9:22. The truth is, God is God and we are not. If, in our passion to gain seekers, we lose the reverence for God and what he has done, then we truly lose the essence of why we need him at all.
David says–Listen and I will teach you the fear of the Lord. What better man to teach that principle. While David was a man after God’s own heart, he made some huge errors that devastated his family and for a time his kingdom. Still, he was a warrior king–respected by his men and his people. He lived and died knowing God intimately and loving him completely. In that, he also knew the value of showing God the reverence he deserves.
As David so kindly stated, God seeks to be there for those that follow and honor him. Conversely, he will turn away from those that turn away from him. They will fade into time without leaving a noticeable legacy. It is our choice to decide to follow or to rebel. He longs for the opportunity to make a life for those that trust him; but, he is equally adamant that he will not bless those that turn away. We, as his own, must live a life of trust and reverence–allowing God to be God of our lives. As we do, we will build a legacy, we will live a purposeful and abundant life; and, we will make a difference in the lives of those we meet.
Learn the fear of the Lord…then you won’t have to be afraid of anything life throws at you.
God Bless You!
Come, my children, and listen to me,
and I will teach you to fear the Lord.
12 Does anyone want to live a life
that is long and prosperous?
13 Then keep your tongue from speaking evil
and your lips from telling lies!
14 Turn away from evil and do good.
Search for peace, and work to maintain it.
15 The eyes of the Lord watch over those who do right;
his ears are open to their cries for help.
16 But the Lord turns his face against those who do evil;
he will erase their memory from the earth.
17 The Lord hears his people when they call to him for help.
He rescues them from all their troubles.
18 The Lord is close to the brokenhearted;
he rescues those whose spirits are crushed.
19 The righteous person faces many troubles,
but the Lord comes to the rescue each time.