NO FEAR

Given the current circumstances we find ourselves in, it has been suggested that I set up a way to keep in touch with our church family and friends on a daily basis. So, here I go with my first blog.My thanks to Jody Kelleher, for her encouragement to start blogging and for her technical support.

 

It just so happens that this morning during my personal devotional time I was in Psalm 112. For me, it was much more than a coincidence. If it doesn’t speak to our Corona Virus Crisis nothing will. It really spoke to me in a timely way. Just listen to what the Psalmist has written:
 
“Blessed are those who fear the Lord, who find great delight in his commands. Even in darkness light dawns for the upright, for those who are gracious and compassionate and righteous. Surely the righteous will never be shaken; they will be remembered forever. They will have no fear of bad news; their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the Lord. Their hearts are secure, they will have no fear.” (Psalm 112, selections)

 

The word fear is used three times in this powerful song but with two very different meanings. The last two uses of the word “fear” are the same. The definition of fear in these instances is – “an unpleasant often strong emotion caused by anticipation or awareness of danger.” None of us like to experience fear, so how can we elevate it?
 
The solution is simple according to the writer of this Psalm. Ironically, we must learn to fear God. Yet, this is a very different kind of fear. The best definition of “fear” in this case is “a holy awe or reverence of God and his laws.”
 
How is this reverence demonstrated? It begins by focusing upward and seeking Him out and establishing a relationship with Him through His Son, Jesus Christ. And, it continues through worshiping Him, and communing with Him in prayer and the meditation of His Word. As well, it involves living out “His commands” or following His ways. A person who does this is recognized a being righteous or right before God.
 
Fascinatingly, this is only part of it though. There is a horizontal aspect we need to exercise. We must strive to show grace and compassion to our fellow man. How might you demonstrate these in this time of national crisis?
 
When your relationship with God is strong and vibrant, and your relationship with those around you is equally so, even in the midst of the darkness the light of hope will shine upon you.
 

In Him, Pastor Paul