The Fear of the Lord is a Fountain of Life

From The Heart

Publish date: 03/23/2014

The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life… Proverbs 14:27 NKJV

The fear of the Lord leads to life… Proverbs 19:23a NKJV

The fear (reverence) of the Lord is the beginning of both wisdom and knowledge:

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; A good understanding have all those who do His commandments. His praise endures forever.  Psalms 111:10 NKJV

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, But fools despise wisdom and instruction.  Proverbs 1:7 NKJV

The word “fear” does not mean being afraid of God, but it has to do with reverence and honor. The word “beginning” means: first principle. Reverencing God is the beginning of wisdom – not the end. True wisdom exalts God and His word above all other wisdom or knowledge or opinion.

This is how you fear the Lord:

In mercy and truth Atonement is provided for iniquity; And by the fear of the Lord one departs from evil. Proverbs 16:6 NKJV

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; 6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. 7 Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the Lord and depart from evil. 8 It will be health to your flesh, And strength to your bones.  Proverbs 3:5-8 NKJV

The fear of the Lord is to hate evil; Pride and arrogance and the evil way And the perverse mouth I hate.  Proverbs 8:13 NKJV

Come, you children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord. 12 Who is the man who desires life, And loves many days, that he may see good? 13 Keep your tongue from evil,

And your lips from speaking deceit. 14 Depart from evil and do good; Seek peace and pursue it…18 The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart, And saves such as have a contrite spirit.  Psalms 34:11-15 & 18 NKJV

You fear the Lord by giving Him, and His Word, the utmost respect. When He speaks, you pay attention to His words and you also obey Him promptly.  You fear God by believing His word over the word of man.  You fear the Lord by continuing to be faithful to Him even under the pressure of persecution. You fear the Lord by hating evil; by departing from evil yourself; by doing good; by keeping your words free of evil and deceit; by seeking peace and pursuing it – determinedly chasing after it.

Those who fear God are close personal covenant friends of His and know Him intimately.

The secret of the Lord is with those who fear Him, And He will show them His covenant. Psalms 25:14 NKJV

The Lord takes pleasure in those who fear Him:

The Lord takes pleasure in those who fear Him, In those who hope in His mercy.  Psalms 147:11 NKJV

The fear of the Lord will add years to your live and make it worth living:

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. 11 For by me your days will be multiplied, And years of life will be added to you.  Proverbs 9:10-11 NKJV

The fear of the Lord prolongs days, But the years of the wicked will be shortened. Proverbs 10:27 NKJV

In the fear of the Lord there is strong confidence, And His children will have a place of refuge. 27 The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, To turn one away from the snares of death.  Proverbs 14:26-27 NKJV

In the fear of the Lord is both your protection and your provision:

The angel of the Lord encamps all around those who fear Him, And delivers them. 8 Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!  9 Oh, fear the Lord, you His saints! There is no want to those who fear Him. 10 The young lions lack and suffer hunger; But those who seek the Lord shall not lack any good thing.  Psalms 34:7-10 NKJV

The fear of the Lord leads to life, And he who has it will abide in satisfaction; He will not be visited with evil.  Proverbs 19:23 NKJV

The Lord amply provides for the humble who fear Him:

By humility and the fear of the Lord Are riches and honor and life.  Proverbs 22:4 NKJV

You who fear the Lord, trust in the Lord; He is their help and their shield. 12 The Lord has been mindful of us; He will bless us; He will bless the house of Israel; He will bless the house of Aaron. 13 He will bless those who fear the Lord, Both small and great. 14 Maythe Lord give you increase more and more, You and your children. 15 May you be blessed by the Lord, Who made heaven and earth.  Psalms 115:11-15 NKJV

He shows mercy to those who fear Him and keep His covenant:

For as the heavens are high above the earth, So great is His mercy toward those who fear Him;  12 As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us.

13 As a father pities his children, So the Lord pities those who fear Him. 14 For He knows our frame; He remembers that we are dust.  Psalms 103:11-14 NKJV

But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting On those who fear Him, And His righteousness to children's children, 18 To such as keep His covenant, And to those who remember His commandments to do them.  Psalms 103:17-18 NKJV

Fear God, not man, because eternity is real and He is your only hope:

The fear of man brings a snare, But whoever trusts in the Lord shall be safe.  Proverbs 29:25 NKJV

Do not let your heart envy sinners, But be zealous for the fear of the Lord all the day; 18 For surely there is a hereafter, And your hope will not be cut off.  Proverbs 23:17-18 NKJV