Reverence: The essential ingredient

Psalm 34:9

When l have the privilege of tasting and eating some real good food from a friend or family member, l don’t neglect to compliment them on it.
I am always curious to know what special ingredient made it taste so great and quite different from my usual recipe so l could add to my own regular ones, and l have often listened as they eagerly recount the special ways the regular ingredients were prepared and added to achieve that culinary feat.
There is such a thing as “correcting the seasoning or taste” in cookery. After following the recipe and putting in the necessary ingredients, it becomes necessary to taste the food for doneness, flavour, blend and palatability. It is at this stage that seasoning and spices are corrected if need be, and a tasty meal emerges.

In the same way, the Psalmist recounts his

many and varied experiences (ingredients, if you like) with the LORD, and invites all to come and have a “taste” of what he has discovered about Yahweh.
His experiences can be related to a good cook who prepares a tasty meal out of a great recipe. This “meal” needs no correcting. The ingredients of faithfulness, help, salvation, freedom from fear, protection, etc are tried and tested!
He calls out to all who are watching from a distance to draw near, and find out for themselves how ” good” the LORD is to the “taste”.

It is never enough to stand away from God and experience His “aroma” from afar. “Tasting is believing” is true here.
Having thus given the invitation, he makes a bold claim and reveals his special ingredient, reverential fear; the fear of the LORD.

“Fear the LORD, you His godly people, for those who fear Him will have all they need!” (Ps 34:9).

Did you just read that? *”All they need”*. All that you need is only a reverential fear away. We can have absolute security if we fear the LORD.

For the angel of the LORD is a guard, he surrounds and defends all who fear Him* (vv 7).

What is this fear of the LORD the psalmist is talking about? He teaches it in the following verses.

11Come, my children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the LORD.
12Whoever of you loves life and desires to see many good days,

13keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking lies.

14Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.

Have you tasted of the LORD yet?
Then fear Him and live it by showing it out.
Grace be upon you.


2 thoughts on “Reverence: The essential ingredient

  1. “Fear of Yehovah (the LORD).” Something that is missing from most of Christianity today. The Hebrew means exactly that: good, wholesome fear. Not fear that leads to hiding and insecurity, but fear like when we were children and we feared going against our parents, for whatever consequences we may have anticipated. One of the apostles wrote ‘fear him who can throw your soul into fire’ (loosely translated).

    However, it isn’t a debilitating fear. Rather one that goads us to do better. And one that recognizes that there is one who has the absolute last word!

    Lovely post Tancy. I especially like your food analogy. Very well put.

    Shalom! – Yosef.

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    1. Thanks Yosef for reading and posting your comments. They are always welcome. Familiarity breeds contempt and can erode all reverence for Yahweh. Our Father is holy, just and loving at all times. We need to seriously guard against anything that may in anyway contradict any of His attributes. Glad you are active once again

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