Luke 12:4-7 (NRSV)
By John Grimm
We face challenging times when we publicly say that Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior. People will not treat us well. As Jesus was slain for opposing the religious establishment, those of us who follow Jesus will face mistreatment, character assassination, and even actual death. What our Master has faced, we will face. Let no one deceive us: Being a disciple of Jesus Christ is the hardest way of living in this world.
That is why we are afraid to speak about Jesus when we are around those who do not know the compassion of Jesus Christ. We allow our fear to control our tongues, instead of trusting the Holy Spirit of Christ to guide our tongues.
Life is precious. We want to keep our lives. However, it is precious only because Jesus Christ has given us our very existence, even dare we say, new lives!
The Lord knows who we are. The Lord knows we are believers in Jesus Christ. He does not forget us, just as he does not forget five sparrows sold for two pennies. We are more valuable than sparrows. God in Christ helps us to not fear.
The one who could cast us into hell cares for us! It is time for us to fear him!
God, we have not spoken about or lived our faith like Jesus Christ lived. We are afraid. Heal our unbelief. In the name of Jesus Christ, loose in us your Holy Spirit so we may overflow with glad tidings of your grace and compassion; this we pray, Amen.
Psalm 34:9-14 (NRSV)
O fear the Lord, you his holy ones,
for those who fear him have no want.
The young lions suffer want and hunger,
but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.
Come, O children, listen to me;
I will teach you the fear of the Lord.
Which of you desires life,
and covets many days to enjoy good?
Keep your tongue from evil,
and your lips from speaking deceit.
Depart from evil, and do good;
seek peace, and pursue it.
By John Grimm
Is this psalm written for us? Are we “his holy ones”? The answer to these questions depends upon whether we fear the Lord. This psalm helps us define fear of the Lord.
It appears the state of fearing the Lord has to do with seeking the Lord. It might be that as we pursue the Lord, we gain a sense of awe regarding how the Lord does what the Lord does. On this level, we realize the fear of the Lord is what we as individuals can do.
We also notice that the fear of the Lord can be taught. We can listen to someone who has had experience with the Lord. The instructions for having the fear of the Lord show us two facts. First, it is our responsibility to avoid speaking evil and deceit. The second fact is that fearing the Lord involves physically doing good and pursuing peace.
From the whole of the Bible, we see that we are holy ones because of what God has done for us through Jesus Christ. As we believe in Jesus, we become holy. It is by living in the fear of the Lord that we receive the position of being holy ones. It appears that this psalm was written for us and that we can be “his holy ones.” Now, let us seek the Lord and learn from those who know about faith in Jesus Christ.
Almighty God, thank you for making us your holy ones. We had wanted for so much before we found you. You satisfy us and instruct us in how to live as your holy ones. It is good to know that by faith in Jesus we can be holy as you are holy. May we be found to be your holy ones, even this day. In the Name of Jesus, we pray. Amen.