“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.” - Proverbs 9:10
I want to deal with a topic today that we don’t hear talked about much in our modern church culture. We hear much on the issues of grace, the work of the Holy Spirit, the need for God-centered relationships, etc. And, of course, we should. These are essential to our daily walk with Christ. The fact is: God is actively pursuing us, inviting us to know Him in deeper and deeper intimacy. The fact that God is seeking after us requires us to yield to His call to be the Lord of our lives in complete submission.
Psalm 36 reveals the defining mark of a world walking in opposition to the lordship of Jesus Christ by saying that “there is no fear of God before their eyes.” We live in a culture that is totally infatuated with ourselves. We live outside of God’s design because we are self-centered – too wrapped up in ourselves to detect or be bothered with our own sin. We have exalted our needs, and our desires to the place of first importance. Our mindset toward God has become consumer driven. Instead of yielding ourselves to God’s will, we want to know what He has done for us lately.
On the other hand, the defining mark of those that who will truly know Christ is that the fear of God consumes their lives. The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom; it is the basic building block of God’s design for life; it is the DNA of the soul. It is the fear of God that warns us not to depart from Him in times of great suffering. It is the fear of God that corrals our minds into an enduring that brings character that brings hope that brings us full on with the love of God. It is the fear of God that starts us on the journey to discover the love of God. If our deepest desire is to walk fully in the will of God, then our deepest dread should to be to be outside it.
Read Psalm 36. How does the psalmist show the fear God leading us to the steadfast love of God?