A Different Kind of Fear
“These were his instructions to them: “You must always act in the fear of the Lord, with faithfulness and an undivided heart.” 2 Chronicles 19:9
When my girls were little and a storm would arise at night, they would inevitably bring their sleeping bag to our bedroom and want to sleep beside our bed. They would ask us to hold their hand while they fell asleep as an extra measure of security. Those simple measures would provide them with the comfort needed to be able to fall asleep. The truth is that we all, regardless of age, are fearful of certain things. Even the word fear can cause issues at times.
However, there is one area of life where fear is a good thing. The Bible speaks often of the “fear of the Lord.” The fear of the Lord is not the same as the fears I mentioned above. Instead, it is a healthy respect, awe, and reverence for God. Fearing God is to recognize, respect, admire, and worship the one true God. He alone deserves to be worshipped and I am convinced that it is a fear that could change our lives for the better.
2 Chronicles 19:9 tells us to “always act in the fear of the Lord, with faithfulness and an undivided heart.” In this verse, the word always does indeed mean always. We are to daily and moment by moment revere, respect, and worship God and God alone. A lot of times our lives are so cluttered with other priorities that our relationship with God is moved off of its rightful place.
We can become divided in our affections if we are not careful. The verse above is commanding us to be faithful to God and to have an undivided heart. Charles Spurgeon once said: “that our greatest desire should be to have all our life-floods poured into one channel and to have that channel directed toward the Lord alone.”
We need a fear of the Lord that directs us to have an undivided heart towards God and God alone. That is the healthiest of all fears that we can have. In fact, Ecclesiastes 8:12 tells us:
“Though a sinner do evil a hundred times, and his days be prolonged, yet surely I know that it shall be well with them that fear God, which fear before him.” This verse tells us that having a fear of the Lord will make things “well” for our lives or, in other words, a blessing for our lives.
Brian Doercksen wrote a song entitled “Undivided Heart” that describes what an undivided heart looks like.
“Give me an undivided heart
That I may fear your name
Give me an undivided heart
No other gods, No other love,
No other gods before you”
May we have such a healthy fear of God that we have no other love before Him!