“O taste and see that the Lord is good;
How blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him!
O fear the Lord, you His saints;
For to those who fear Him there is no want.” — Psalm 34:8-9 (NASB)

For my generation, fear was instilled in us from a very young age. We were taught not to go alone to dark lonely places because we could be harmed. If a stranger offered us anything, we were taught never to accept and never to follow him/her. People in authority — principals, teachers, policemen — were to be feared.

I think of David, and King Saul. The latter was after his life, so David had to keep running and go into hiding. His life was in danger. Living in constant fear of Saul, David also had to avoid being seen by others. He even feigned madness so that people would leave him alone.

In the midst of all these, David experienced another fear — the fear of the Lord.

Whilst the first type of fear brought about fright, dread or terror, the “fear of the Lord” is different. The book of Proverbs says it is “…the beginning of wisdom.” (Proverbs 1:7)

The “fear of the Lord” casino online is reverential respect for God. It is “awe”. It is a dread of displeasing God in anything we do. When I turned to the Lord Jesus as my Saviour, I learned this respect for God, as opposed to that other kind of fear when I was young.

David loved the Lord. Thus, he wanted to please God in everything he did. He was in awe of the Lord. He was not a perfect man, but when confronted with his sin, David confessed.

Whether we are at home, at school, or at work, we should have this “fear of the Lord”. We should be constantly seeking to do what is pleasing to God. When we are in awe of God, we want to do the right things.

Who do you fear? When I was young, my fear was one of being afraid. But I soon learned to revere God. Despite having a fear of people around him, David was controlled by a greater fear — awe and respect for God.

Search your heart and ask God to help you fear Him who is the Creator of heaven and earth.


Thought For The Week (TFTW) is contributed by Dr Koh Siang Kiang, Associate Professor (Christian Education) at the Singapore Bible College (SBC). She graduated from SBC and Dallas Theological Seminary (DTS), USA, and has served in various ministries for more than 35 years, including teaching at DTS. Dr Koh has been with SBC for the last 10 years, and has a passion for people and teaching the Word of God. She also loves to make the Bible come alive by leading tours to the Holy Land, and has led 12 such trips. To help her relax, Dr Koh likes to cook and cross-stitch.