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We Honor Those Who Fear God

Psalm 15 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)

15 O Jehovah, who may be a guest[1] in your tent?
Who shall dwell on your holy mountain?

He who walks blamelessly and does what is right
and speaks truth in his heart;
who does not slander with[2] his tongue
and does no evil to his neighbor,
nor takes up a reproach against his friend;
in whose eyes a vile person is despised,
but who[3] honors those who fear Jehovah;
who swears to his own hurt and does not change;
who does not put out his money at interest,[4]
and does not take a bribe against the innocent.
He who does these things shall never be shaken.

This fear of God is not the dread that we would have of say being dangled over the edge of a cliff, or cowering in a closet as our house is being robbed by several criminals, or having a cruel employer that makes our life a living torture chamber. No, the fear of Jehovah is a reverential fear of displeasing him, because our love for him is like that of a loving father, but only greater. It is like a son, who imitates his father, so too we want to be like our heavenly Father, as we are made in his image.

Proverbs 1:7 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)

The fear of Jehovah is the beginning of knowledge;

This love for him moves us to apply his Word more fully in our lives, it serves as a daily guide in all that we do. We realize that the values and morals that he has placed in our conscience are refined by his Word, and will help us be able to determine what is good and what is bad. For example, one who lives by these values would apply all the Bible principles that would make him an excellent worker, meaning he would be productive, honest, and looking to be of help to all on the job site. Fellow workers may view this as attempts at seeking favor with management, looking to get ahead, so they ridicule this one. Others may feel that he is making them work harder, or look bad in the boss’s eyes, so they despise him. What they do not realize is that these are his qualities as a person of God, and he has none of the evil intentions that fellow workers may suspect. Are we honoring persons like this, persons who fear God?

[1] Lit sojourn

[2] Lit according to

[3] Lit he

[4] I.e. not to the destitute