The Fear Of The Lord
By Charles Bridges
"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction" (Prov. 1:7).
But what is this fear of the Lord? It is that affectionate reverence, by which the child of God bends himself humbly and carefully to his Father’s law. His wrath is so bitter, and His love so sweet; that hence springs an earnest desire to please Him, and – because of the danger of coming short from his own weakness and temptations – a holy fear and watchfulness, "that he might not sin against Him." This enters into every exercise of the mind, every object of life.