The Fear of the Lord
Do you remember the movie, The Sound of Music? Maria taught the children to sing a catchy little song called Do-Re-Mi. The lyrics say, "Let's start at the very beginning, a very good place to start.” What is the very beginning in the Christian life? The Bible tells us that “The fear of the LORD is the beginning ... the beginning of wisdom and the beginning of knowledge." The fear of the LORD is an understanding of who God is. When I fear God, it does not mean I am afraid of God--for how can I get close to One I am deathly afraid of? No, the fear of the Lord means I am in awe of God. I recognize Him as Almighty, Most Holy God ... and I am His unworthy servant who has the tremendous privilege of loving and obeying Him. May we live in the fear of the Lord always, because in the fear of the Lord we find REAL HOPE.