Fear, respect, hope in the Lord…


Psalm 147:10 His delight is not in the strength of the horse, nor his pleasure in the speed of a runner; 11 but the Lord takes pleasure in those who fear him, in those who hope in his steadfast love.

This passage, especially v. 11, seem to hold to contrasting things in tension. It says that God takes pleasure in those who “fear him” and “hope in his steadfast love”. As I study what this means, it would seem that fearing the Lord is akin to having deep respect for God more than dread of God. I suppose this is similar to our relationship with parents in which children have respect for parents and also place hope in them.

This morning I’m thinking about this passage from the perspectives of both a parent and a child. First, as a parent. My children are young adults now, so I don’t TELL them what to do at this stage in their lives. Yet they generally choose not to ignore me. I wouldn’t say they fear me, but they do respect me most of the time. I’d like to think I’ve earned their respect over the years. It blesses me when they seek me out for advise or support.

Then I am also a child. As a man of 51 years my relationship with my parents is more as a peer, a friend, than a son. Not sure that’s right or wrong, but that’s how it is. And of course I am a son of God, through Jesus Christ. I pray that I demonstrate appropriate respect for the Lord, though I know I can do better.

Heavenly Father, give me a heart that fears you, respects you, places my hope in you. Amen.

One thought on “Fear, respect, hope in the Lord…

  1. Lyn Zastrow

    I have always had a hard time with the ‘fear of the Lord’. Thinking of it as respect is easier, but even then I do a poor job many time. Your prayer is very appropriate. Thanks.

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