Sunday, May 1, 2011

The Fear of God and the Inheritance of Faith

But the steadfast love of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him. (Psalm 103:17)

Excerpt from “Prayer of Praise for the Steadfast Love of God” – 2011-05-01
While our bodies are made out of dust and our lives may be brief like the grass and flowers – “the steadfast love of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting . . . Bless the LORD, O my soul!" But again we hear the same condition attached to God’s khesed “on those who fear him.” Yes, we are fallen and sinful, frail and fragile; we were dust and we will be dust. And so our only hope is in the character of God and the glorious wonder of His “steadfast love” - His loving, faithfulness in who He is, to all who “fear” him. “And his righteousness to children's children, to those who keep his covenant and remember to do his commandments.” God has no grandchildren. We do not genetically pass on our faith in Jesus Christ to our children; saving faith does not naturally rub off from parents to offspring. Each and every man, woman and child in this world will stand before God on their own to answer for their choices, thoughts, behaviors, and activities in this life. Whatever age, God’s “steadfast love” in our lives is to be rooted in our “fear” of God: an awe, respect and reverence “fear” of God – and a dreadful, deadly, terror-filled (what could happen to me without God) “fear” of God. And the place we are to live out that “fear” of God, is here on earth – between the dust of creation and the dust to come. It is here that we to “keep his covenant and remember to do his commandments” – by showing respect and reverence for each other, and for those whom God has put in authority over us; and by not taking God’s “steadfast love” for granted, considering what would happen to us without God.