The fear of the Lord
The Lord is a friend to those who fear him. He teaches them his covenant. My eyes are always on the Lord, for he rescues me from the traps of my enemies. Turn to me and have mercy, for I am alone and in deep distress. My problems go from bad to worse. Oh, save me from them all! Feel my pain and see my trouble. Forgive all my sins. Psalm 25:14-18
From the text, David’s desire was that he will be restored again in his experience of God. He realized that if he will remain living in sin, God will not spare him from the consequences. This is why he prayed that God will rescue him from the traps of his enemies. He knew that his sin resulted in having his enemies running after him. When we allow ourselves compromise godly principles, our fear of God gets muddled. Just like David, the effect of it can move quickly into a person’s life and could steal the peace that once experienced. We start to isolate ourselves and in deep distress. It could result in running away from God only to find ourselves having “problems go from bad to worse.” This also dampens the spirit that affects the relationship with God and so misses out on God’s best as well as stepping out in faith to do God’s will. Without the proper action taken to address sin, it could lead to mental paralysis. Growing in Christian life is in danger once we continue to harbor sin in our life. David realized that he cannot run away from God’s discipline unless he asks Him for forgiveness. He implored God to help him experience His grace that will make him contented and satisfied in following His will for his life. God wants us to trust Him and that we stay in the path that He had set for our life. Be grounded in His word. Always remind yourself that once you came to know Him as your Lord and Savior you will live under a covenant with Him. Ask Him to help you see clearly the areas of your life that you need to surrender so they will not be the cause of you giving in to sin. Do not let your mind be filled with the allurements of the world instead seek Him and His plan for your life. Continue to develop your fear of God. “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding” (Psalm 111:10).
Noel De Guzman