Those Who Fear the Lord

Psalm 103 is where I parked this morning in God’s Word. Definitely a favorite one.

I have always focused in on the words, “Bless the LORD!” It has a tendency to give one a feeling of “The Warm Fuzzies.” But the Lord took me a little deeper into that Psalm today, showing me words that I tend to skip over.

I do enjoy singing those words to Him, “Bless the LORD, Oh my soul, and all that is within me, Bless His Holy Name!” And he deserves my reverence to Him.

BLESS HIS HOLY NAME

Today, as I read through this chapter, the Lord highlighted other words for me. And He showed me the words, “those who fear the Lord!” a couple of times within that chapter:

Psalm 103:11: “because his mercy toward those who fear him is as far above earth as heaven.” (CJB)

Psalm 103:17-18 “But the mercy of Adonai on those who fear him is from eternity past to eternity future, and his righteousness extends to his children’s children, provided they keep his covenant
and remember to follow his precepts.” (CJB)

These words show us that we have a part to play in His Mercy – we are to fear Him.

The Hebrew word for “Fear the LORD” is yare’ (yaw-ray’) morally, reverent OT:2273

The Lord is due our reverence – our loyalty – our fear

We must not overlook the other words in Psalm 103, because it brings new meaning to the words, “Bless the LORD!” It is through our fear of the LORD that we come to know Him – to trust Him – to love Him.

Take time today to read through that Psalm; it is truly a blessing to us.

Heavenly Father, I thank you for showing me words that I tend to overlook in Your Word. I thank you for bringing “to fear the LORD” to light today. It does give new meaning to me to think that when I sing and praise you, that it is truly a gift for me to honor you and bless your Holy Name. May we not overlook the words that show us that we do have a part to play in your Mercy. I am also reminded today that to truly know peace, I must walk with Adonai! I love you, Lord. I ask this in Christ Jesus’ name, amen.

The song that I share today has a very precious spot in my heart. I listened to it several years ago, as I was walking through a difficult time in my life, watching my husband slowly die in front of me. When we finally received word of his health problems, while driving home from the doctor, this song was playing on the radio. After surgery and months of healing, on our way back from the last visit where the doctor gave him a clean bill of health, this song came on while we were driving home. No matter what, I can always find ways to praise the Lord. To Bless His Holy Name!

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