The Fear of the LORD
(having first appeared here at Justification by Grace on December 22, 2009)
“Better is little with the fear of the LORD than great treasure and trouble therewith.” —Proverbs 16:8
There is more excellence to my hearing of the horror of my sins, the certainty of God’s judgment, and the excellence of justification in Christ alone than in hearing the depth of man’s knowledge, the summit of his wisdom, and the breadth of his good works.
I should much rather hear the excellencies of Christ and the glorious truths of the Gospel from the pages of Scripture by the stammering tongue and stuttering lips of a feeble saint who trembles in the presence of the Master, than to hear the most eloquent speech from the man who has never been undone by the reality of the Lord upon His throne, high and lifted up.
I should much rather receive refreshment in one drop from that well of godly sorrow that worketh repentance than to have my thirst quenched at the river of self-vindication, where there is no repentance and dismisses the precious blood of remission.
To know the exhilarating height of all emotions without trembling in godly fear before the presence of the Holy One is a superficial relationship with Christ at best, and to never have truly known Christ at all at worse. “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the Holy is understanding” (Proverbs 9:10).