#5563 – Mercy & Fear

Good morning people who come to the fulness of who God is.

Psalms 5:7 NKJV But as for me, I will come into Your house in the multitude of Your mercy; In fear of You I will worship toward Your holy temple.

Mercy and fear are not mutually exclusive. Nor is grace and truth.

David came to God’s house because of the multitude and magnitude of the mercy he had received from God. It was God’s love that drew David to God’s heart. This is the way it is meant to be.

But from this right foundation, David worshipped God in holy fear. This reverential posture of holy respect, awe and wonder at a God who commands the heavens and the earth in all of its fullness, is the way that we should all approach God.

Every sin problem can be traced back to a lack of holy fear. Flippancy replaces intimacy that has at its core a deep reverence. Yes, God is love – and we are eternally grateful for this – but He is also the Most High God. He is to be reverentially feared and wholeheartedly obeyed.

The following scripture brings the two essentials of mercy and fear together:

Romans 12:1 NIV Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.

An encounter with God’s mercy will translate into a holy reverential fear of the Lord.