Why should I Fear the Lord? It can’t be simply to get the good He has for us. In fact, it shouldn’t be for any of the benefits the Scripture tell us. We need to know how to fear Him because of who He is. The One who spoke the Worlds into existence is bigger than any “friend” box I can dream up for Him.
I’ve found twelve benefits for fearing the Lord that include and go beyond getting the good He’s promised to us. These 12 may not be a complete list, but they are what I can find in Scripture.
12 Benefits of Fearing the Lord
1. Your Life is Prolonged…
Proverbs 10:27 (New International Version)
The fear of the LORD adds length to life,
but the years of the wicked are cut short.
2. The Lord Confides in You…
Psalm 25:14 (New International Version)
The LORD confides in those who fear him;
he makes his covenant known to them.
3. His Angel Camps Around You and He Delivers You…
Psalm 34:7 (New International Version)
The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him,
and he delivers them.
4. You have a secure fortress…
Proverbs 14:26 (New International Version)
He who fears the LORD has a secure fortress,
and for his children it will be a refuge.
5. You have a fountain of life…
Proverbs 14:27 (New International Version)
The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life,
turning a man from the snares of death.
6. You will avoid evil…
Proverbs 16:6 (New International Version)
Through love and faithfulness sin is atoned for;
through the fear of the LORD a man avoids evil.
7. You rest content…
Proverbs 19:23 (New International Version)
The fear of the LORD leads to life:
Then one rests content, untouched by trouble.
8. You have the Lord’s compassion…
Psalm 103:13 (New International Version)
As a father has compassion on his children,
so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him;
9. You experience the Lord’s love…
Psalm 103:17 (New International Version)
But from everlasting to everlasting
the LORD’s love is with those who fear him,
and his righteousness with their children’s children-
10. You have the Lord’s delight…
Psalm 147:11 (New Living Translation)
No, the Lord’s delight is in those who fear him,
those who put their hope in his unfailing love.
11. You have the Lord’s provision…
Psalm 34:9 (New Living Translation)
Fear the Lord, you his godly people,
for those who fear him will have all they need.
12. You have the beginning of Wisdom…
Psalm 111:10 (New International Version)
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom;
all who follow his precepts have good understanding.
There really are great benefits for fearing the Lord, in fact:
It’s better to have little with the fear of the Lord than great wealth with turmoil (Proverbs 15:16).
It’s not passe. It’s not for another dispensation. It’s not for someone “other than me.”
We need to understand how we can fear the Lord. That’s the next post in this series. I’d appreciate hearing any thoughts you have it this so far. I know it can be a controversial or ignored topic.
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