21 Days Fast and Pray - Day 12 : The young people of the church
A. Devotion - Psalm 2:11 (NIV)
Serve the LORD with fear and trembling. What does it mean to "fear" the Lord? In this context, it is not to be afraid of but to serve the Lord with reverence. It means not wanting to disappoint Him, not with servile fear of God, but with a godly and filial fear, with a reverential affection for Him, and in a way agreeable to His mind and will; with reverence and awe of Him, without levity, carelessness and negligence. We must not forget that God is not man; He is God. he reminds us in Isaiah 55:8-9 that He does not think like a man.
Rejoicing with trembling. Fear does not rob us of our joy for two reasons. One is that it drives us to Christ where there is safety. The other is the hope we have. There is an awe or wonder or trembling in the presence of grandeur that we want to feel as long as we are sure it does not destroy us. This trembling does not compete with joy; it is part of joy. People go to terrifying movies because they know the monster cannot get into the theater. They want to be scared as long as they are safe. For some reason it feels good. This is an echo of the truth that they were made for God. There is something profoundly satisfying about being "frightened" when we cannot hurt. It is the best when the trembling comes from the grandeur of holiness.
B. Application / Self-reflection
- Can you think of one aspect of God that makes you stand in awe of Him?
- Has there been a moment in your life when you feared God about something? What did you understand about God because of that situation?