Reverence for The Lord [Psalm 103:13 Daily Devotional]
The author of this psalm is comparing the Lord to a father. Good fathers have compassion for their children. When good fathers see their children in pain, they will usually do whatever they can to make their pain go away. The Lord is the same way. He has compassion for each of us as his children. “Fear” here could be literal fear of God, but it’s more likely to be referring to the reverence of the Lord. I would argue, though, that reverence has a bit of healthy fear mixed in there.
How to Have Reverence for The Lord
As New Covenant believers, you see this verse fulfilled in Jesus. It was through Jesus’s sacrifice that you were able to receive the Lord’s compassion. You simply just need to accept that sacrifice and live your life according to God’s purpose.
Now, fearing, or revering, the Lord requires you to do what God has told you to do. Luckily, we know this from Jesus, as well. Love God and love people. that’s it. If you want to live a reverent life for God, you simply must love God and those God has put in your life. You can do that by praying for others, serving people, and giving generously – the three things I write about most.
It’s important to note that you don’t have to do these things to receive God’s compassion. But rather, you’ll want to do all these things because of his compassion. You won’t be able to resist helping those in need when the Spirit of Christ lives in you.
Father, thank you for your compassion. Help me to do the things you’ve called me to do. I want to be more generous and more willing to help others; give me opportunities to pray for others, as well. It’s in Jesus’s name I pray, amen.
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