My brother-in-law, John, fellow Christian, preacher and good friend, reminded me this morning, via text, of Psalm 130:4. The Psalmist is addressing God when he writes this, But with You there is forgiveness; therefore You are feared.
I’m sure that you, like me, are deeply grateful for the fact that with our God there is forgiveness. Aren’t we glad beyond words that He abundantly pardons (Isaiah 55:7) and that He actually delights to forgive (Micah 7:18)? My forgiveness of others is too often narrow, stingy and cold, or at best, cool. He is teaching me better. I’m trying to stay in school with Him on that. I desperately rely on His forgiving me. And I understand, in my head, that His forgiving me is supposed to be translated into me forgiving others. By His grace I think I am moving in that direction.
But what I wanted to ask you is this…how is it that His forgiving us makes us “fear Him?”
I can see how it makes us love Him…or serve Him…or changes our lives for the better…or even how, for some, it might result in their taking Him for granted. But what do you think the writer has in view as he speaks of us “fearing Him?” I look forward to your take on this.
I pray your day has enough reminders of His loving purpose and presence with you that you don’t forget Him. How I need that too.