What does it mean to fear the Lord? Does it mean we quake when we rise from our beds? Do we cower under the covers at night? Actually, fearing the Lord is the safest, most restful place we can be. Granted, it’s hard for us to wrap our minds around that thought. We don’t normally equate fear with rest, but fearing the Lord is a different kind of fear. When we know the Lord, we can come to Him like a child runs to his father. There is great love, but also a healthy reverence, respect, and awe. The child is wrapped in his loving arms; they walk hand in hand as the father keeps a watchful eye over his child. For the father, it is his loving duty. For the child, it is the place of safety.
“Whoever fears the Lord has a secure fortress, and for their children it will be a refuge. The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, turning a person from the snares of death.” Proverbs 14:26-27
“Whoever fears the Lord has a secure fortress.” Isn’t that a beautiful truth? In our relationship with the Lord there is this place where we can always run. It is a fortress. It is secure. It is a refuge. When the fears of this world attempt to overwhelm us, our Heavenly Father has built for us a place of protection. No matter where we are, no matter what is happening, no matter the circumstances of life, He is waiting with open arms to lovingly wrap those arms around us.
So, when we rise in the morning, and when we put our heads on the pillow at night, we can rest in His secure fortress.
Father, thank You for a place unlike any other in this world, the safety of a relationship with You.