|Remember to Fear the Lord|
The Story: It’s pretty clear that many of the people in Jerusalem in Asaph’s day had begun to lose any sense of the fear of God: “they say, ‘How can God know? Is there knowledge in the Most High?’” (Ps. 73:11); “These things you have done, and I have been silent; you thought that I was one like yourself” (Ps. 50:21). With the blessings of God streaming into the city year by year, in ever-increasing quantities, the people must have convinced themselves that they were God’s favorites forever, that perhaps He even owed them such largesse. God commanded His people to love and fear Him (Deut. 10:12, 13), and it seems clear that this was beginning to be less the case among the people in Solomon’s day. But a God more majestic than the glorious mountains of Israel, and mightier by His mere Word than all the armies of men, is a God to be feared. When His people fear God, they keep His commandments; when they cease fearing Him, they tend to presume on His goodness and leave His commandments aside. But God does not simply ignore such presumption and disobedience. When He rises to bring judgment against men – all men, even His people – none will be able to stand before Him.
The Structure: We don’t hear much about the fear of God in churches these days. God loves us; He wants what’s best for us; He’s our friend. What’s to fear? Similarly, we don’t hear much about the Law of God in churches these days. Few Christians know the Ten Commandments in their proper order, and few churches teach that the Law of God has anything other than a kind of token place in the scheme of divine salvation. It should not surprise us to see so many Christian leaders falling into scandalous sin, when the Law and fear of God are so little regarded. Can things be much different with the people who look to such leaders? We need to be reminded that God is to be feared, as well as loved, and His judgment will fall on those who presume upon His goodness (Ps. 52; Heb. 12:1-11). Such reminders won’t make you the most popular worship leader. But they will make you a faithful one.How would you describe the state of the fear of God and the Law of God in your church?
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