The Fear of the Lord
2Sa 23:2 The Spirit of the LORD spoke by me, and his word was in my tongue.
2Sa 23:3 The God of Israel said, the Rock of Israel spoke to me, He that ruleth over men must be just,
ruling in the fear of God.
David says here God told him how he was to rule over the people. As the Christian in our home, we must remember this in
dealing with our family. Our spouse, our children. We need to have his word in our hearts and let it govern our lives.
2Sa 23:4 And he shall be as the light of the morning, when the sun riseth, even a morning
without clouds; as the tender grass springing out of the earth by clear shining after rain.
2Sa 23:5 Although my house be not so with God; yet he hath made with me an everlasting covenant, ordered in all
things, and sure: for this is all my salvation, and all my desire, although he make it
not to grow.
David knew his life and his house were bearing the discipline of God over his secret sin with Bathsheba, oh the consequences
it wrought. Let us take it for an example, and with godly fear, refuse, by the power of the Holy Spirit to indulge in sin.
But David knew God could restore order and his hope was in God. He knew God was the only real help he had or needed.
Neh 5:15 But the former governors that had been before me were chargeable unto the people, and had taken
of them bread and wine, beside forty shekels of silver; yea, even their servants bore rule over the people: but so did not
I, because of the fear of God.
Nehemiah is talking about when Israel returned out of captivity to rebuild the city walls around Jerusalem, things were
so bad, and the people began to be oppressed by those in charge, heavily taxed. And when they were unable to pay the taxes,
they had to give their children in lieu of taxes. Those in authority were acting out of greed for gain. When Nehemiah was
made the governor, he did not do this, he set things right, after prayer, and asking God to intervene. And God changed things.
Nehemiah had a relationship with God, and knew God hated oppression, and he feared the Lord, so he did not treat the people
evil. Nor did he require of the people that which he would not do himself. Nehemiah was merciful, and compassionate. Just
Psa 36:1 To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David the servant of the LORD. The transgression of the wicked
saith within my heart, that there is no fear of God before his eyes.
The only way people sin is because they have no fear of God, they are full of unbelief. Unbelief is the root of all sin.
For if you truly and sincerely out of your heart believe in God, and you know he means what he says, you can not sin, and
take it lightly. You will be heavy with remorse and guilt, crying out to God for forgiveness and mercy, and cleansing. But
those who reject a belief in God, or don't take his word seriously, will not fear him.
Rom 3:8 And not rather, (as we be slanderously reported, and as some affirm that we say,) Let us do evil, that good
may come? whose damnation is just.
You can't just claim the promises of the Bible, and freely indulge in sin, saying, "where sin did abound much more did
the grace of God abound".
phobos (Greek Word)
(to be put in fear); alarm or fright: - be afraid, + exceedingly, fear, terror.
2Co 7:1 Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh
and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
2Pe 1:2 Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,
2Pe 1:3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through
the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:
2Pe 1:4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine
nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
Knowing we have such precious and exceedingly great promises, this should move us to love and obedience. The Lord wants
us to know him, for in knowing him for ourselves, that knowledge will bring peace and joy to our hearts and lives. And that
is our strength. He gave us these promises so we could possess them and be part of him, to partake of his nature, which is
Holy and Divine.
Pro 1:7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
Pro 1:23 Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you.
Pro 1:24 Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded;
Pro 1:25 But ye have set at naught all my counsel, and would none of my reproof:
Pro 1:26 I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh;
Pro 1:27 When your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh
Pro 1:28 Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me:
Pro 1:29 For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD:
Pro 1:30 They would none of my counsel: they despised all my reproof.
Pro 1:31 Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices.
Pro 1:32 For the turning away of the simple shall slay them, and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them.
Pro 1:33 But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil.
The word of the Lord, the convicting power of the Holy Ghost calls all men away from sin to righteousness. He offers to
give us his Spirit, and open his word to us, increasing our understanding. But if we refuse to heed the call, preferring to
go our own way, we will pay a heavy price. The wages of sin are death. Sin is deceitful, so deceitful. It will lie to you,
attempt to justify itself, and harden your heart which is a very dangerous condition. Here Proverbs is describing the effect
of both rejecting and accepting the wisdom of God, which Christ is made unto us.
1Co 1:30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification,
Accepting and heeding the wisdom and Word of God brings safety, security, and peace.
Pro 2:2 So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding;
Pro 2:3 Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding;
Pro 2:4 If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures;
Pro 2:5 Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God.
Pro 2:6 For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.
Pro 2:7 He layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous: he is a buckler to them that walk uprightly.
Pro 2:8 He keepeth the paths of judgment, and preserveth the way of his saints.
Pro 2:9 Then shalt thou understand righteousness, and judgment, and equity; yea, every good path.
Pro 2:10 When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul;
Pro 2:11 Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee:
Pro 2:12 To deliver thee from the way of the evil man, from the man that speaketh froward things;
Pro 2:13 Who leave the paths of uprightness, to walk in the ways of darkness;
This is not something you easily get, so you cannot take it forgranted. You must seek and hunger after it, and the Lord
said "Ask and ye shall receive........."
Examine these verses: the word apply in verse 2:
to stretch or spread out; by implication to bend away (including moral deflection); used in a great variety of applications:
- + afternoon, apply, bow (down, -ing), carry aside, decline, deliver, extend, go down, be gone, incline, intend, lay, let
down, offer, outstretched, overthrown, pervert, pitch, prolong, put away, shew, spread (out), stretch (forth, out), take (aside),
turn (aside, away), wrest, cause to yield.
And if you look at this way: when you apply a coat of paint, you are covering, or putting something on something, to protect
it from the weather, and rust, correct? When we apply the wisdom of God to our hearts, asking the Holy Spirit to help us not
forget it, to seal it up in our hearts, like David who said "Thy word have I hid in my heart that I might not sin against
thee" Ps. 119:11, the power of that word, and the fear of the Lord will keep us from doing evil. Paul said "The Love of Christ
constraineth us..." it restrains us from doing that which we know will grieve our Lord. (2 Cor 5:14).
Jesus said if we love him, we will keep his commandments (John 14:15), and 1 John 5:4 (They are not grievous). Now what
about the word "seekest" in verse 4? If you seek wisdom, in the Hebrew Dictionary, here is what is says:
baw-kash' (Hebrew Word)
A primitive root; to search out (by any method; specifically in worship or prayer); by implication to strive after: - ask,
beg, beseech, desire, enquire, get, make inquisition, procure, (make) request, require, seek (for).
You have to make the effort, in sincerity. You can't just take it forgranted.
Pro 3:7 Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.
Pro 9:10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.
Pro 10:27 The fear of the LORD prolongeth days: but the years of the wicked shall be shortened.
If you fear God you won't indulge in reckless living that is hazardous to your health. And if you keep yourself in the
love and word of God, the wicked one can't touch you. ( 1 Joh 5:18)
Pro 14:2 He that walketh in his uprightness feareth the LORD: but he that is perverse in his ways
Pro 14:12 There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.
Pro 14:16 A wise man feareth, and departeth from evil: but the fool rageth, and is confident.
Pro 14:26 In the fear of the LORD is strong confidence: and his children shall have a place of refuge.
Pro 14:27 The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.