Psalm 34:11-14 – “Come, my children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the LORD. Whoever of you loves life and desires to see many good days, keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking lies. Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.”
The fear of The Lord. If you are like me, the fear of The Lord is a bit confusing. Are you supposed to be afraid of God? 2 Timothy 1:7 says that God did not give us a spirit of timidity or fear. He doesn’t want us to cower before Him but rather reverently come to Him.
The way we show reverence is by abstaining from evil. I know your thinking, well I’m basically good. I didn’t kill anyone yesterday. Well, what about the things you said? If you are like me, that tongue of yours is a wildfire waiting to happen. We are told to keep that from happening. Guard your words. Tough.
The part I really want to focus on is “seek peace and pursue it.” This spoke to my heart this morning. Peace is commonly defined as the absence of conflict. Can you really get along with everyone all the time? Not in reality. But you can keep your attitude in check so that your not mad all the time. Sometimes having peace is like having the back of a duck. You have to let things roll off of you. You have to fight like a pro and roll with the punches. Ok, analogies are done.😊 This is something we must chase after. Desire to be at peace as much as possible. This shows reverence to God because you are acknowledging that He knows how to handle the situation in the best way.
Today princess, be a duck. Let things roll off of you. Show other people your “fear of the LORD” by fleeing from evil and rolling with the punches.