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What Does it Mean to Fear the Lord?

What does it mean to fear the Lord?

Commenting on passages like Psalm 130:4 and Ephesians 5:21:

“If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand? But with you there is forgiveness, that you may be feared.” – Psalm 130:3-4

“submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ.” – Ephesians 5:21

Tim Keller describes fearing the Lord in this way,

“Fear in the Bible means to be overwhelmed, to be controlled by something. To fear the Lord is to be overwhelmed with wonder before the greatness of God and his love. […] That is why the more we experience God’s grace and forgiveness, the more we experience a trembling awe and wonder before the greatness of all that he is and has done for us. Fearing him means bowing before him out the amazement at his glory and beauty.”

Timothy J Keller and Kathy Keller, The Meaning of Marriage: Facing the Complexities of Commitment with the Wisdom of God (New York: Dutton, 2011), 68.

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April 20, 2012 - Posted by | Bible, Fearing God, God, Holiness

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