I’m not a big fan of scary movies. As a child, I remember visiting a friend’s house. The old film Frankenstein played on the black and white television. My siblings and our friends watched, but I left the room. It was too intense for me. I was also pretty young the first time I saw The Wizard of Oz. I thought the wicked witch and the flying monkey were frightful. I laugh at those scenes today, remembering my fear.
Though scary movies are not my favorite genre, I’ve watched several. In high school, I took a date to see Jaws. I don’t think I moved during the entire film.
So, what about God? Are we supposed to be terrified of him? Psalms 112:1 says, “Praise the LORD. Blessed is the man who fears the LORD, who finds great delight in his commands.” (NIV) In a way, we should experience some fear. God is incredibly powerful and holy. We realize our vulnerability. But the passage is really talking about a deep respect. Notice that the respect is expressed by delighting in his commands.
So, what are the blessings of fearing the Lord? Verses 2 and 3 say, “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.” (NIV)
Those blessings of fearing God sound good? Wouldn’t you agree?
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