Psalm 19:9 “The fear of the LORD is pure,”
[To obey you out of reverence, awe and fear takes us in the direction of genuine holiness, away from the pollution of our flesh, the world and the devil. To obey you takes us towards fearing you, that is, caring deeply what you think about our issues and actions, while we fear the negative consequences of following our own reasoning.
To fear God, not man, to obey you while rejecting the fear of man–this leads to purity. The “Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the LORD is kept safe” (Prov. 29:25).]
“The fear of the LORD is pure, enduring forever.”
[And what we do out of great reverence of you will last forever. To obey Truth because we love you, even if it is a tiny, one second act (rejecting grumbling and instead offering the sacrifice of thanksgiving ; rejecting self-pity and thinking truth instead), is something that will have significance for all eternity.
Every decision is potentially a glory-giving, grace-displaying, goodness-giving opportunity–even if it’s internal and no one else knows but God–where we can fulfill the purpose for which we were created: to bring honor to you. This perspective can change our motives, from doing what is natural, to bringing glory to you by revealing you to those around us through our actions and reactions.
Help us to make multiple “enduring forever” decisions today!]