Daily Devotional – 11/5/19 “Fear God”

Psalm 34:1-10 says this, “I will bless the LORD at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul makes its boast in the LORD; let the humble hear and be glad. Oh, magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together! I sought the LORD, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears. Those who look to him are radiant, and their faces shall never be ashamed. This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him and saved him out of all his troubles. The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him and delivers them. Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him! Oh, fear the LORD, you his saints, for those who fear him have no lack! The young lions suffer want and hunger; but those who seek the LORD lack no good thing.”

This Psalm was sung by David while he hid in a cave running from Saul. If you noticed, he used the word fear, a lot in his song. What I want to point out is verse nine where he says, “Oh, fear the LORD, you His saints! There is no want to those who fear Him.” What is fear? We take fear to mean scared of but fear here means reverence; as in respect. What David is saying, when we respect God, we want for nothing. See, when you have respect for a person, you will not intentionally do anything to hurt them. When you respect someone, you will not purposely set out to cause them pain. When you respect someone, they are often who you think about before you do something out of character. And respect isn’t something that goes away.

Sure, we sometimes lack it, but it doesn’t go away. For me, I’m a 42-year-old who still respects my husband, parents, grandparents, elders, family, friends and those in authority. Even when I’m standing face to face with someone who doesn’t deserve it, I still give it. Why? It’s about me and not them. When it comes to serving God, I give Him the same respect because I chose to follow Him and say yes.

Look, God doesn’t want us to be afraid, but He desires that we reverence Him. See, when we serve out of fear, we do so from a place bondage and control and this isn’t the God we serve. And, why would God need to control us by fear when serving Him is a choice we make? To fear God is to respect Him because if we respect Him, we will not do anything deliberately to hurt Him. When we fear God, we serve willingly and not reluctantly. When we fear God, properly, His word tells me, “fear the LORD, you his godly people, for those who fear him will have all they need.” In other words, when I respect God, I shall lack for nothing.

Daily Devotional – 5/30/14 “Psalm 23”

“You Lord are my Guide and I want for nothing. You allow me to rest my weaken spirit in green pastures and lead me to peaceful waters to drink when I thirst for your word. You restore my weary soul while leading me along the right path to honor thy name. Even when I have to walk through dark valleys, I shall not fear because you are always near to comfort me with thy rod of comfort and staff of protection. You prepare a table for me in the midst of my enemies that fill my spirit, you raise my bowed down head with your anointing and fill my empty cup with blessings. Surely, your love and mercy will follow me as long as I follow you and I shall dwell in your house forever.” (Lakisha’s version)

So tell me again why you are worried? God is your guide, follow Him. God gives you rest and He even quenches the thirst you have for Him, take it. God can restore your soul, let Him. If God is there when you have to go through, why aren’t you going? God prepares a table with a feast of everything you need and then lays it out in front of your enemies to show them who He is, why haven’t you taken a seat? God fills your spirit so why is it empty? God raises your head, why do you insist on bowing it down? God fills your cup with blessings but you have to turn it over. Don’t you know that God’s love, mercy, guidance and grace follows you, then why are you looking back? All you have to do is believe in Him and allow Him to be your guide. Once you do this, everything else falls into place. God has his part; accept your role, learn your lines by studying His word and then play your role.