The fear of the Lord is not being afraid of God. The fear of the Lord is so much greater than this. It is awe, respect, reverence, which turns into love and devotion.
It has been fun and a challenge to train our new Leader Dog for the Blind puppy, Annie. We have had her for 2 weeks now and she is certainly gaining in understanding of house training. I have not used rewards in training her to house train, rather just praise and lots of love and some “no, no we don’t do that in the house.” I am amazed that this has actually worked. She is definitely not as treat driven as our other two puppies we have raised for Leader Dogs.
Psalm 112 tells us about the qualities in a person’s life who fears the Lord. Being a list person, I like this Psalm. It is clear and concise and reads like a list.
Blessed is the man who fears the Lord (v. 1)
What are the qualities of a man or woman that fears the Lord?
- They greatly delight in God’s commandments (v.1)
- Gracious (v. 4)
- Merciful (v. 4)
- Righteous (v. 4)
- Deals generously (v. 5)
- Conducts affairs with justice (v. 5)
- Heart is steady (v. 8)
- Not afraid (v. 8)
As we fear the Lord and realize how awesome He is, we begin to have qualities that flow from our lives that show definitively to those around us that we are a child of the King. We talk differently. We act differently. We give differently. We live differently.
As Annie, our puppy, continues to grow in maturity it will not just be the bandanna she wears that declares that she is a service dog, it will hopefully also be her actions. She will walk nicely on her leash. She will listen for and obey commands. She will look out for her owner and help guide them through life. It will be her actions that will be define her as a service dog. The bandanna is just a confirmation of what you see in her life.
As we fear the Lord, it is not the Bible we carry or the weekly church meetings we attend that declare we are Christians and fear the Lord. (We should regularly attending church). Rather, it should be our delight in God’s commands, our graciousness, our mercy, our righteousness, our generosity, our justice, and our lack of fear.
Paul encourages in Romans 1:16 “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes…” If we are living our lives with the qualities of someone who fears the Lord, then we have nothing to be ashamed of when we share the Gospel.
When the puppies we raise are obedient, I am not ashamed. When they are a handful, I want to take off their bandannas and leave them at home.
“Blessed is the man or woman who fears the Lord.” What would your actions, words, giving, and living convict you of?