I sat in the sanctuary trembling.

The man standing at the pulpit reading the Word was not my pastor. My pastor had fallen into sin, and now all around me people wept. As a church family, we collectively lifted our broken hearts to our holy God and held fast to His unchanging promises on a day when the enemy tried to undo us.

Man may fail me, but God is faithful.

When we do not fear God, we open up our lives to destruction. Fear of man is wrong, but it is healthy to tremble in the presence of a holy God.

To fear God means to:

  • seek His wisdom because we acknowledge our own foolishness apart from His Truth

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.” (Proverbs 9:10, ESV).

  • exalt Him with a humble heart in awe of His goodness and glory

“The fear of the Lord is instruction in wisdom, and humility comes before honor.” (Proverbs 15:33)

  • follow His commands wholeheartedly out of a sincere desire to please Him above all else

“Come, O children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord. What man is there who desires life and loves many days, that he may see good?  Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking deceit. Turn away from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.” (Psalm 34:11-14)

When we choose to fear God, we love Him with all of our heart, mind, and strength. We passionately seek what pleases Him, and we run far away from what He hates. Fearing God is a daily decision to fully submit every area of our lives into His hands.

The enemy of our souls wants us to imagine God up in heaven as an angry dictator who wants to rob us of our joy and make our lives boring and empty. That is a lie from the pit of hell.

Let’s look into the Word to discover the Truth:

Truth #1: God is a life giver, not a thief. He is a refuge to those who put their trust in Him.

“In the fear of the Lord one has strong confidence, and his children will have a refuge. The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, that one may turn away from the snares of death.” (Proverbs 14:26-27)

Truth #2: Lives yielded to God are full, not fruitless. Surrender always leads to greater strength and vitality.

“Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil.  It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones.” (Proverbs 3:7-8)

A trembling trust in God will safeguard your life. Whatever may come today, He holds it all in His mighty hands.

May this prayer rise up from our hearts each morning: Lord, help me to tremble at Your Word today. Amen

Lyli Dunbar enjoys karaoke in the car with her husband, digging into Bible study with the girls, and reading 12 books at a time. A writer, speaker, and mentor, her burning passion is to know Jesus and to make Him known. Join her at lylidunbar.com to find fuel for a wildfire faith. You may also connect with Lyli on FacebookInstagram,TwitterYou Tube and Pinterest.


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