The Bible reveals the way to assure God’s manifold and abundant blessing on our lives. We discover it in a four-word phrase (in the NASB translation, but just one word in Hebrew) that occurs twelve times in Psalms but nowhere else in the Bible if Mary’s “Magnificat,” (Lk. 1:50), which quotes the Psalms, is excepted. Fully eleven of the twelve times the phrase occurs, it is attached to a promise of great blessing. The phrase? “Those that fear Him.” Someone who fears the Lord is one who “reveres,” or “reverences” Him. Only the redeemed can begin to revere the Lord. And only those who have yielded their lives (including the mind, heart, will, desires, time, energy, possessions, and relationships) can truly revere Him. But the purpose of this “Note” is to introduce the blessings promised along with the prayer that all will be provoked by these promised blessings to revere our Savior and Lord.
“The secret of the Lord is for . . .” (25:14). The verse elaborates thus: “And He will make them know His covenant.”
“The eye of the Lord is on . . .” (33:18). He “watches our backs”—no harm can take us unawares because the Lord, Who never sleeps, watches day and night.
“The angel of the Lord encamps around . . . and rescues them” (34:7). His is not an early warning system that leaves us, once alerted, to defend ourselves. He also rescues.
“. . . there is no want” (34:9). Echoing Psalm 23, the Lord promises to meet every one of our needs.
“His salvation is near to . . .” (85:9). “Salvation” is the umbrella term that covers the scope of the Lord’s blessings, from forgiveness of sin to eternal rewards.
“Great is His lovingkindness toward . . .” (103:11). “Lovingkindness” is often a near synonym to mercy, the favor God bestows on the needy.
“The Lord has compassion on . . .” (103:13). The Lord is moved to help us because He genuinely feels our infirmities: He shares our burdens, griefs, and needs.
“The lovingkindness of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on . . .” (103:17). His blessings are both eternal and inexhaustible.
“He has given food to . . .” (111:5). Whether the eminently practical stuff that we eat or all that is needed to sustain us spiritually—the Lord has provided it.
“He will fulfill the desire of . . .” (145:19). Those that fear the Lord have submitted their desires to His will so that He may fully fill each one.
“The Lord favors . . . (147:11). Because He delights in those that fear Him, He cares for them as parents pour their lives into their children.
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