24
Nov
12

Blessing for Fear

“Praise the Lord. Blessed is the man who fears the Lord, who finds great delight in his commands. His children will be mighty in the land; the generation of the upright will be blessed. Wealth and riches are in his house, and his righteousness endures forever.”Psalm 112:1-3

As a child, when my father gave orders, it was often in a stern voice. If we didn't follow his instructions, the consequences might have been a spanking or some other kind of punishment (as it should be). But there was rarely joy on our parts when we heard his commands – it was something more akin to fear.

So, it seems strange to me to read the first words in the passage above, which tell us that righteous men find great delight in God's commands. How can such a thing be? Aren't commands usually interpreted as telling us to do something that we would not naturally do when left completely on our own, and without rules. That is, perhaps, the case for many of us.

But it is the verses which follow that brought this to light for me. The psalmist tells us of the rewarding outcome of delighting in God's commands – outstanding children, and blessings in the form of wealth and riches. I, for one, can relate to both of these. By trying to follow God's word in the upbringing of our children, I now see the reward taking shape. I see children who are dynamic, talented, caring, and who fear the Lord. The efforts of my wife and me at homeschooling, and in providing a Biblical foundation for them are paying off in big ways in the lives of our children, as they mature into true disciples of the kingdom.

Further, I could recount multiple stories about how we often had to step out in faith, financially, with our giving to the church, only to find that God would immediately provide a surprise windfall in the shape of a bonus or in an unexpected raise in pay. The Lord has blessed us richly, and I believe the reason goes back to today's verse in Psalms – that the Lord gives blessing to those who fear Him first and foremost.

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