Holy God, may my Fear of the Lord be not a paralyzing fear of doing nothing, but a motivating force helping me to accomplish your purposes by fulfilling the tasks you have for me. May it cause my life to be an encouragement to others and bring honor and glory to You.
And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God require of you, but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, Deuteronomy 10:12
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you NOT to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightening about shrinking so that other people won’t feel unsure around you. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone. As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” Brene Brown
My understanding of “fear of the Lord” isn’t experienced as literal fear or anxiety around God or around my relationship with Him. Instead, I experience “fear of the Lord” as a reminder of who He is and who He expects me to be. It’s not about being fearful or scared and dimming ourselves in that fear, but in having a deep respect, reverence, and awe for who He is, then using that knowledge to be who He has created us to be.
May your fear of the Lord be an incredibly motivating force in your life, empowering you to accomplish your purposes. May fulfilling those purposes bring you peace and joy.