Godly Fear: The Outward Manifestation of Our Hope in God’s Grace
Psalm 33:18. Godly fear is the outward evidence of a Christian’s hope in God’s mercy. When we truly place all of our hope in God, our hope becomes a fervent emotion filled with godly fear. Our emotions are now heightened and focused on God as we now look to him as our sure and only hope for eternal salvation (Psalm 33:18, “Behold, the eye of the Lord is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy;”).
Hope is an essential emotion in human endeavors. Hope is defined as “the feeling that what is wanted can be had or that events will turn out for the best.” Through God’s promises of salvation and the works of Jesus Christ, God offers us hope because of his love and grace.
Our hope in God leads to a manifestation of godly fear in us. With God‘s offer of hope, God only asks us to accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. When we make a decision for Christ, godly fear then begins to manifest in us as we mature in Christ.
Godly fear is a marvelous emotion that holds God in awe, that seeks God’s love, and that seeks to please God in everything we do. This fear now manifests itself within ourselves where this godly fear is totally focused on strengthening our relationship with God. Now that we as Christians have this godly fear in us, we are in an eternal relationship with God who will protect us and guide us in all that we do.
PSALM 33 BIBLE SCRIPTURE Psalm 33:18, “Behold, the eye of the Lord is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy;”
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