Faith is the Framework for my Fear!

“Behold, the eye of the LORD is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy;” Psalm 33.18

On many occasions in the Old Testament we are confronted with this phrase: “them that fear him” (meaning those who fear the Lord). If we misunderstand this word fear, we will begin with a misconception and end up with a wrong conclusion. So what is the psalmist saying here when he says that “the eye of the LORD is upon them that fear him.)? He begins with the word “Behold …” How many times have we heard someone shout over the noise of the crowd, “Listen up”? Now, in todays economy this word “fear” carries the idea of being afraid of something or someone. However that is NOT the meaning of the word FEAR in this Old Testament setting. When you think about God, His character, His power, His interactions with us every day,  is there a word that comes to mind to encapsulate all these elements? How about the word AWE, or RESPECT? We certainly don’t the unsaved world to look at God with AWE or RESPECT. But God has every reason to expect us – His children – to view Him with words. God is not some despot sitting the heavens, looking out over His creation and  His children just waiting for them to “step over the line” so He can punish them. Quite the opposite is true. His observation of our life is such that we can hear Him WHISPER a word of encouragement, or a word of warning to keep us from going astray. That is a whole different picture altogether.
As if His watchful eye is not enough. the psalmist adds: “Behold the eye of the LORD is … upon them that hope in His mercy.” Mercy is one of the most profitable things we receive from God. In His mercy, God does NOT give me what I deserve, but rather He exercises mercy toward me and I receive His blessing. Let me encourage you to dwell on this verse some today and give thanks for God’s great mercy. Just My Thoughts  …


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