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FEAR AND DELIGHT

 Psalm 112:1 “Praise the Lord! How blessed is the man who fears the Lord, who greatly delights in His commandments.”

SOUNDS KIND OF WRONG

 Do you want to be blessed?  I mean, come on, who doesn’t, right?  Well, the Word says plainly here in this verse to fear the Lord and delight in His commandments.  If you just read those words casually, you would think the writer was crazy.  Fear and delight?  Those words are not normally used in the same sentence.

To the unbeliever it doesn’t make sense.  Why should we fear the Lord?  Well, it’s not fear, as in being scared of Him.  It’s a reverence, an awe, a worshipful respect.  And who delights in commands?  Believers do because we know by obeying we are in His care.

TEACHING MOMENT

Teaching our children to “fear” the Lord and “delight” in His commands is best done by immersing them in the Word.  It’s best modeled by you, Mom and Dad.  When they see you eating and drinking the Word every day, they will want it too. When they see you honoring and respecting the Lord and the things of the Lord, they will learn to do that also.

Show them how they are blessed when they “fear” you and follow your commands.  Kids are literal and understand concrete thoughts.  Reward them abundantly by obeying on their own.  When they do something out of respect for you, bless them in some way.  And make sure they understand they didn’t “earn” the blessing.  You blessed them simply because you love them and delight in them, just like their heavenly Father.

Are you in awe of your Father?  Are you delighting in His commands for you?  Choose this day to do those things.  Choose this day to walk with Him and watch Him bless your socks off.  I don’t mean in a physical way (He could if He wanted to though).  I mean in the love you will feel as you please Him.

Lord, thank You for blessing me.  Thank You for Your Word which guides me.  I honor and stand in awe of Who You are.

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