“He will bless those who fear the Lord, both small and great.” So it is not just the weak that should fear the Lord, but those who have stature and standing as well. Why, you may ask, should we fear the Lord? Is the Lord to be feared? Is our God an angry God of whom we should tremble in fear? Or is fear of the Lord not “fear” but awe and reverence? Fearing not the Lord, but seeing that the Lord’s might and glory is so great that we would hide our eyes for fear that we shall be found unworthy of the love of such a God. We have seen and heard of what our God can do, so why should such a God reach down and have compassion for us? This God is so beyond our human understanding that the state of our ignorance makes us small and insignificant next to this God.
From this you would think that we should be scared of God, but the psalmist says, “May the Lord give you increase, both you and your children.” Our God does not seek our destruction, but rather our success. And God desires the success of the generations that follow. The psalmist adds, “May you be blessed by the Lord, who made heaven and earth.“ The God who created the heavens which are so vast that we only now are coming to understand its depth and breadth . . wishes us well. The blessing of such a mighty God is a mighty blessing indeed. ( Psalm 115:13-15 )
May you seeker find your beginnings of wisdom in coming to know and reverence our God. And may the God who stooped down from the Lord’s mighty throne to live amongst us bless you and all those you hold near and dear. Selah!