Biblical Aspects of Holy Fear

Biblical Aspects of Holy Fear

Biblical Aspects of Holy Fear.

(1.)  SINGLENESS OF HEART. “Teach me your way, O Lord, and I will walk in your truth; give me singleness of heart to fear your name. I will praise You, O Lord my God, with all my heart, and I will glorify Your name forevermore.” (Ps. 86:11-12).

(2.)  OBEDIENCE. “Who among you fears the Lord and obeys the word of his servant? Let him who walks in the dark, who has no light, trust in the name of the Lord and rely on his God.” (Isaiah 50:10).

(3.)  KNOWLEDGE. “Let the wise listen and learn yet more, and a person of discernment will acquire the art of guidance. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.” (Proverbs 1:5-7).

(4.)  COMMUNICATION. “Then those who feared the Lord talked with each other, and the Lord listened and heard, and a book of remembrance was written in His presence concerning those who feared the Lord and honored His name.” (Malachi 3:16).

(5.)  EXALTATION.  “The Lord is exalted, for He dwells on high; He will fill Zion with justice and righteousness. He will be the sure foundation for your times, a rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge; the fear of the Lord is the key to this treasure.” (Isaiah 33:5-6).

(6.)  TRUST.  “Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in Him. Fear the Lord, you His saints, for those who fear Him lack nothing.” (Ps. 34:8-9).

(7.)  FAITH. “I know that whatever God does lasts forever; nothing can be added to it, and nothing can be taken away from it. God does all that He does, moreover, so that people might fear Him.” (Ecclesiastes 3:14).

(8.)  EFFORT. “My child, if you take my words to heart, if you set store by my commandments, turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding, and if you call out for insight, and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver, and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God.” (Proverbs 2:1-5).

(9.)  HOPE.  “The eyes of the Lord are on those who fear Him, on those whose hope is in His unfailing love, to deliver them from death, and keep them alive in famine. We wait in hope for the Lord; He is our help and our shield. In Him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in His holy name.” (Ps. 33:18-20).

(10.) REVERENCE. “The heavens praise your wonders, O Lord, your faithfulness too, in the assembly of the holy ones. For who in the skies above can compare with the Lord? Who is like the Lord among the heavenly beings? In the council of the holy ones God is greatly feared, He is more awesome than all who surround Him. O Lord God Almighty, who is like you?” (Ps. 89:5-8).

(11.) SUBMISSION. “Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is the whole duty of everyone, of all mankind.”  (Ecclesiastes 12:13).

(12.) PURITY. “Come, my children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord. Whoever of you loves life and desires to see many good days, keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking lies. Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.”  (Ps. 34:11-14).

(13.) FAITH. “Let all the earth fear the Lord; let all the people of the world revere Him. For He spoke, and it came to be; He commanded, and it stood firm.”  (Ps. 33:8-9).

(14.) INTIMACY. “The Lord is near to all who call on Him, to all who call on Him in truth. He fulfills the desires of those who fear Him; He hears their cry and saves them.”  (Ps. 145:18-19).

(15.) PRAISE. “Praise the Lord, O my soul, all my inmost being, praise His holy name. Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits. He forgives all my sins, and heals all my diseases; he redeems my life from the pit and crowns me with love and compassion… For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His love for those who fear Him.”  (Ps. 103:1-4, 11).

(16.) REMEMBRANCE. “And Joshua set up at Gilgal the twelve stones they had taken out of the Jordan River. He said to the Israelites, ‘In the future, when your children ask their fathers, ‘What do these stones mean?’ tell them, ‘Israel crossed the Jordan on dry ground…’ He did this so that all the people of the earth might know that the hand of the Lord is powerful, and so that you might always fear the Lord your God.”  (Joshua 4:20-22, 24).

(17.) LOVE. “And now, O Israel, what does the Lord your God ask of you, but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all His ways, to love Him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul…” (Deut. 10:12).

(18.) INSPIRATION. “Lord, I have heard of your renown; your work inspires me with fear, O Lord. Renew your work in our day, in our time make them known; in wrath remember mercy.”  (Habakkuk 3:2).

(19.) ENCOURAGEMENT. “After this, the church all over Judea, Galilee, and Samaria experienced a season of peace. The congregations grew larger and larger, with the believers being empowered and encouraged by the Holy Spirit. They worshiped God in wonder and awe, and walked in the fear of the Lord.” (Acts 9:31).

(20.) OPENNESS. “Assemble the people – men, women and children – so they can listen and learn to fear the Lord your God… May my teaching fall like the rain and my words descend like the dew, like showers on new grass, like light rain on the tender plants. I will proclaim the name of the Lord. Oh praise the greatness of our God! He is the Rock, His works are perfect, and all His ways are just.”  (Deuteronomy 31:12, 32:2-4).

(21.) CONFESSION. “Then the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, overpowered them, and prevailed against them,  so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded. This became known both to all Jews and Greeks dwelling in Ephesus; and fear fell on them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was magnified. And many who had believed came confessing and telling their deeds.”  (Acts 19:16-18).

(22.) SERVICE. “Fear the Lord your God and serve Him. To Him you must hold firm, and by His name you shall swear. He is your praise; He is your God, who performed for you these great and awesome wonders you saw with your own eyes.”  (Deuteronomy 10:20-21).

(23.) DECLARATION. “I will declare your name to my brethren; I will praise you in full assembly. You who fear the Lord, praise Him! All the race of Jacob, honor Him! Revere Him, all you descendants of Israel! From you comes the theme of my praise in the great assembly; before those who fear you will I fulfill my vows!” (Ps. 22:22-25).

(24.) WONDER. “Then immediately she fell down at his feet and breathed her last. And the young men came in and found her dead, and carrying her out, buried her by her husband. So great fear came upon all the church and upon all who heard these things.”  (Acts 5:10-11).

(25.) WISDOM. “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” (Ps. 111:10; Prov. 9:10).