Precious Jesus

"Afresh, precious, precious Jesus, I resign this body to You, for doing or suffering, for living or dying. Will You accept it? Will You use me for Your glory more than heretofore, that You may have some little return for all the benefits You have done to me? Oh, do grant this request; my heart longs for it, my spirit pleads for it; and "if You will, You can." You know the hot temptation of which I am the subject. Bring Your glory out of it, and keep me from the evil, and it shall be well." - Ruth Bryan

Monday, April 21, 2014

Cultivating holy fear

Blessed is everyone that feareth the Lord; that walketh in his ways. - Psalm 128:1

“Blessed is every one that feareth the Lord.” The last Psalm ended with a blessing, - for the word there translated “happy” is the same as that which is here rendered “blessed”' thus the two songs are joined by a catch-word. There is also in them a close community of subject. The fear of God is the corner-stone of all blessedness. We must reverence the ever-blessed God before we can be blessed ourselves.
Let us cultivate that holy filial fear of Jehovah which is the essence of all true religion; - the fear of reverence, of dread to offend, of anxiety to please, and of entire submission and obedience. This fear of the Lord is the fit fountain of holy living, we look in vain for holiness apart from it: none but those who fear the Lord will ever walk in his ways. - Spurgeon


Darrel said...

By far the best explanation of the 'fear of God' I've ever read. "Reverential awe" never did cut it as it is used by those who want to sound 'spiritual' but otherwise have no idea what they're talking about. Rare is the person (especially in leadership roles) who is scared to offend and anxious to please, much less to be submissive and obedient.

lyn said...

Amen Darrel; the reason we see so little of holy living is because there is so little of the fear of the Lord. Spurgeon nails it when he said 'none but those who fear the Lord will ever walk in His ways'. Christianity in America is evidence that there is no fear of God; only His remnant truly understand this fear...and it is by His own doing.