Whom Shall I Fear?
By Pastor J.D. Link
I encourage you to read Psalm 27. Verse one says, “The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?”. It’s imperative for the Christian to know that we are not to live in fear. God often commands us, “Fear not.” Why should the Christian not fear? Because God is on our side; or better yet, we’re on God’s side. Since our eternal Father God is bigger, stronger and wiser than anyone in the universe – if He be for us, who can stand against us? We are more than conquerors through Christ.
Psa 46:1-2 says, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea.” Though this world be shaken, we are not to fear. David said, “When I am afraid, I will trust in God. I shine forth His Word, in God have I put my trust. I will not fear what flesh can do to me.” (Ps 56:1-4, 11). Fear will try to grip us, but praise and confession of God’s Word will drive it away. Though we walk through the valley of the shadow of death, we will fear no evil: for God is with us (Ps 23:4). Isa 41:10 says, “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”
The only One we are to fear is Almighty God. Isa 8:13 says, “Sanctify the LORD of hosts himself; and let him be your fear, and let him be your dread.” Verse 14 makes this clear it is speaking of Jesus. Jesus tells us, “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear Him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell” (Mt 10:28). If God is our Father, He should be honored. If He is our Master, He should be feared (Mal 1:6). To fear God is better than to have great wealth (Prv 15:16).
What is the fear of The Lord? Both the Hebrew and Greek word means to “frighten, make afraid, dread; and also to revere, reverence, be in awe of. As Christians, children of God through the new birth, we are to be in awe of, revere, honor and respect – with all humility – our Father God. If not children of God, we should be in terror and dread of Him, for His wrath abides on us (Heb 10:31, Jn 3:36).
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, understanding and wisdom (Prv 1:7, 9:10). Only fools despise His wisdom and instruction. The fear of the Lord causes us to hate evil, because God hates it. When you fear God, you hate what He hates, and love what He loves (Prv 8:13). The fear of the Lord is pure, and causes men to depart from evil (Ps 19:9, Prv 16:6). Where there is an abundance of crime, sin and lawlessness in a society; know for certain there is no fear of God among the people.
There are many benefits to fearing The Lord, such as: 1. You will be blessed, and not fear evil. Your heart will be established (Ps 112:1, 7-8; 115:13). 2. God will watch out for you (Ps 33:18). 3. The angel of the Lord will surround you and deliver you (Ps 34:7). 4. You will not lack (Ps 34:9). 5. God will have mercy and compassion on you (Ps 103:11, 13, 17). 6. God will fulfill your desire (Ps 145:19). 7. God will take pleasure in you (Ps 147:11). 8. Your days will be prolonged (Prv 10:27). 9. You will have confidence, and will have a refuge (Prv 14:26). 10. You will have life – and life abundant (Prv 14:27, Jn 10:10). 11. Evil will not prevail over you (Prv 19:23, Isa 54:17). 12. “By humility and the fear of the LORD are riches, and honor, and life.” (Prv 22:4). 13. It will be well with you (Eccl 8:12).
Of course, not all of these blessings are instantly manifest. Some of them come over time, as God’s Word is consistently sown in a heart ready to receive them (Lk 8:15). However, this is the Word of God, and should be believed, received, confessed and firmly stood on.
So, what is the conclusion of the whole matter? 1. Ecc 12:13 – Fear God and do what He says, for this is our duty. 2. 2Ti 1:7 – Know and confess that God has not given you the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. 3. 1Jn 4:18 – Know that there is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear: because fear hath torment. He that fears is not made perfect (complete) in love. Meditate on the cross, and understand God’s great love for you. This will cast out fear. 4. Heb 13:6 -boldly say, “The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.” Selah.