Words from the Heart for Saturday February 18th, 2017
Who are they that fear the Lord? He will teach them the way that they should choose.
Psalm 25:12 (NRSV)
They That Fear the Lord
Our theme, ‘the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,’ is threaded throughout the Psalms. When the decision is made to walk in the fear of the Lord we are marked for His wise instruction for the many areas of our life. We become ‘students’ of His ways. He is our Master Teacher. There is none finer than Him! What three areas do you want to bring before the Lord today?
There is no doubt that Canada has some of the most jaw-droopingly beautiful scenery in the world. And if you happen to be in Canada’s Rockies later this year, and love to hike, let me encourage you to head to Mount Robson Provincial Park in British Columbia – the second oldest provincial park in British Columbia. Towering overhead at 3,954 meters is the snow-capped Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies. The sheer size of this majestic summit will have you spellbound with awe as you wander along the 4.5 km Kinney Lake Trail. Amidst the dense cedar and hemlock forest, eagle-eyed visitors may have the once in a lifetime chance to see many wildlife species including moose, black bears and elk. This gentle hike will take approximately 2.5 hours to complete.
Have you ever visited a corn maze? They are a lot of fun, but can be a bit disconcerting as well, if you are struggling to find your way out. Fear is an interesting emotion. It can either paralyze a person or drive them to figure out a way to get out of whatever situation is causing the fear. The Bible speaks often of the fear of the Lord, and there are two meanings to the word fear. If a person doesn’t have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, there is coming a day of judgment where fear will become terror. That is one meaning of the word fear, and it is paralyzing. There is another meaning to the word fear in the Bible and it is found in Psalm 25:12: “Who are they that fear the Lord? He will teach them the way that they should choose.” In this case, the word fear means awe. We have all had that sense, in viewing a towering majestic mountain, for example, of being overwhelmed with awe. It usually drives us to grab our camera to get a picture. When we get a glimpse of the glory and majesty of our Creator God, we are driven to that sense of awe. And King David writes that this then drives us to want to choose to live a life that pleases him. That is a very good thing. Ask the Lord to reveal His glory to you today, and then wait for him to teach you how to respond.
These have been words from the heart.