Fearing the Lord – Daniel 4:34-35

“At the end of days I, Nebuchadnezzar, lifted my eyes to heaven, and my reason returned to me,
and I blessed the Most High, and praised and honored him who lives forever,
for his dominion is an everlasting dominion,
and his kingdom endures from generation to generation;
all the inhabitants of the earth are accounted as nothing,
and he does according to his will among the host of heaven
and among the inhabitants of the earth;
and none can stay his hand
or say to him, ‘What have you done?’”

Daniel 4:34-35

The Most High God is to be praised, honored, and feared. He has limitless power and His greatness is unsearchable. His glory fills the earth and the entirety of the heavens. He accomplishes His every will and answers to no one. He needs no counsel, for His wisdom and understanding far surpass our own. There is not a circumstance He does not fully comprehend or a detail He fails to see.

Lately I’ve been seeing a bit more clearly what it is to fear the Lord. Recognizing more of His glory and the honor that He is due. Because He is great and almighty, because He reigns over all, because He is God, He is to be feared. Which means that we recognize His great power, holiness, and unquestionable authority, and therefore submit to His will and obey His commands. Whether we understand them or not. Even if we can’t really see any benefit for ourselves in them. We obey. Not for the glory of our own righteousness or the strengthening of our pride, but for the glory of His name and the praise of the righteousness of Christ.

We have been created by a holy God. One who is set apart from all of creation—because He is Creator and King. It amazes me at times that the living God who rules the universe, the only God who is actually real, is righteous and just and good. That He loves us. That He exalts Himself not by immediately pouring out His wrath on sinners, but rather by showing us mercy and exhibiting unfathomable patience toward us. He sent His Son to endure wrath in our place. So we could know Him. So He could establish an everlasting covenant with us and write His law on our hearts, that we would fear Him and never turn away from Him, and He would promise to be faithful to us forever—purifying us to worship Him in the splendor of holiness, pouring out grace and steadfast love, pursuing us with goodness and mercy all the days of our life.

Our God is good and abundantly gracious. Oftentimes He opens our eyes to see some reasoning and benefit to our obeying Him. But at times our view is clouded and we don’t quite understand why He chooses to work the way He does or why He is calling us to follow Him in a certain way. May we not allow our limited view to determine our level of obedience. Let us fix our eyes on Him in faith, believing fully in who He is and submitting wholly to His lordship. He is worthy of our praise and reverence. So let us fear Him, rejoicing as we behold His glory and living in thankfulness that He is our Stronghold and our Savior, and that in His presence we find fullness of joy and unexplainable peace.

“Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and extol and honor the King of heaven,
for all his works are right and his ways are just; and those who walk in pride he is able to humble.”

Daniel 4:37

“Of old you laid the foundation of the earth,
and the heavens are the work of your hands.
They will perish, but you will remain;
they will all wear out like a garment.
You will change them like a robe, and they will pass away,
but you are the same, and your years have no end.”

Psalm 102:25-27

“The heavens are yours; the earth also is yours;
the world and all that is in it, you have founded them…
You have a mighty arm;
strong is your hand, high your right hand.
Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne;
steadfast love and faithfulness go before you.”

Psalm 89:11-14

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