Psalm 119:120 My flesh trembleth for fear of thee; and I am afraid of thy judgments.
The Bible refers to both a godly and ungodly fear. The two fears will not and cannot coexist. Godly fear pertains to the healthy fear involving fearing the Lord (Isaiah 8:13); however, ungodly fear pertains to fearing the things of this world (Isaiah 8:12). Ungodly fear opposes faith and can grievously effect a person (Job 4:14; Job 22:10; Psalm 48:6; 1 John 4:18), but the fear of the Lord is founded upon faith and provides confidence and assurance. The fear of this world brings torment upon its victims, yet the fear of the Lord prolongs life (Proverbs 10:27). Not surprisingly, the world thrives on triggering ungodly fears, especially its entertainment and news programs. God’s people should avoid the worldly and major on the fear of the Lord.
- (For children): To fear something is to be afraid of it. Memorize Psalm 56:3 and quote it when you are afraid. Also, try singing songs like “Jesus Loves Me.”Always remember that we are weak but “He is strong.”
- (For everyone): What causes you to fear? Are you afraid of the dark, of people, of death, or of possible troubles? How does this fear generally affect you? Do your fears cause you to draw closer to the Lord?
- What are some differences between the fear of God and ungodly fears? How does each fear change your life? Which one is pleasing to the Lord and why is it pleasing to Him?
- Ask the Lord to give you the faith to overcome the fears of this world.
- Ask God to give you a holy fear of Himself.