Fear of God
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge (Proverb 1:7). Fear of God clears and cleans (Psalm 19:9) our thoughts so we can focus on what matters most. Despite our culture’s aversion to a “fear of the Lord,” Scripture tells us it’s the key to knowing Him, lacking nothing (Ps 34:9), protection (Ps 60:4), love (Ps 103:11,17), blessings (Ps 115:13), godly sorrow, repentance, salvation (2Cor 7:11), and joy (Ps 119:74). Before beginning the study, ask your friend what comes to mind when he or she hears the phrase “the fear of the Lord.” Find out if that preconception is based on biblical texts. Then let the Bible clarify the joy of fearing God.
“Come, my children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord.” (Psalm 34:11)
- Matthew 10:28-31. Those “who kill the body” are a reference back to v. 22-23. Who are they? Why should you not fear people? What can people do to you if you sincerely follow Jesus? How can you be set free from even that fear - the fear of death? How does fear of man undermine a fear of God? Whom do you most fear on earth? Does fear for that person exceed your fear of God? Why or why not? How can reorder your fear according this Scripture? (Need more help? read Rev. 20:10-15)
- Psalm 36:1-4. Fear of God is the beginning of wisdom, but happens when there is no fear of God? Why if fear of God healthy? Tell about a season of your life in which you had no fear of God before your eyes - did some of it look like this passage? How can you sustain a healthy fear of God?
- Deuteronomy 14:23. Here’s how to maintain a fear of God. What spiritual disciplines can help you gain and maintain a consistent fear of God? How can you put them into practice immediately?
- Acts 10:1-4. Here’s an example of a seeker who is known for his fear of God. What are some hallmarks of fearing God as seen in Cornelius? How does prayer promote this wonderful fear of God?
- Psalm 86:11. A concluding prayer to ask God for a heart that fears Him.
Psalm 103:11-18. How do you reconcile fear and love in this Psalm? How great is God’s love for you when you fear Him? David, the author, fears God and reﬂects the perspective of one who fears God. What is his perspective about our life here on earth? How does the fear of God change your perspective about what matters most? Finally, in verse 18 what else does fear of God promote?
Additional Helpful Scriptures: Psalm 147:11, Psalm 16:6, Isaiah 8:12-13, Psalm 86:11, Joshua 4:24, Proverb 23:17, John 12:42-43, 2Cor 5:11