Sunday, September 13, 2015

Daily Walk/Meditation: What Does it Mean to Fear the Lord?



I went on a 15 mile walk yesterday. Started at 6:30 and ended about 11:45. It is interesting to see how the scenes constantly change as the sun comes up. What a glorious artist is the Lord! His canvas constantly changes from moment to moment. Here is one moment during my walk.

My meditation for the walk was Psalm 128. Verse one says:
 
Blessed is everyone who fears the Lord, who walks in his ways! 
The parallelism of Hebrew poetry invites us to compare "fear of the Lord" with "walks in his ways." That comparison tells us something very basic. Our walk or way of life tells us if we truly fear the Lord. If we do not walk in his ways, then we kid ourselves if we think we are his. As Jesus warns us, "Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven" (Matthew 7:21).

Thankfully, a large part of walking in his ways (if not all of it!) is mourning over our sin, confessing it, and renewing our joyful trust in Jesus Christ. Daily repentance and faith, daily dying and rising with Christ, is the way to walk with the Lord. Let us not be content to ignorant of his ways or live in our sin, but instead let us cry out for mercy each day for forgiveness and the gift of the Spirit so that we may truly "walk in his ways."

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