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Kermit L. Minnick, Pastor

“Let all the earth fear the LORD... ”
Psalm 33:8

Many of the Psalms of the Bible are a form of Hebrew poetry in which not the words, but the ideas rime. If we wish to know what the Psalmist means when he writes, “Let all the earth fear the LORD,” we have but to read the next line: “Let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him.” Here “the earth” is explained to be “all the inhabitants of the world,” and “fear the LORD” is equivalent to “stand in awe of Him.” The verse is a twofold call to every person in the world to render unto their Creator the reverence, fear, or awe which is His rightful due. The reasons expressed for such an attitude toward God are: “By the word of the LORD the heavens were made, and all the host of them by the breath of His mouth. He gathers the waters of the sea together as a heap; He lays up the deep in storehouses.” The Psalmist considers the vast astronomic heavenly host and their divinely spoken origination. He ponders the immense seas of water and their perfect submission under the hand of the LORD. Billions of galaxies commanded into existence; trillions of tons of water daily governed according to His purposes and counsels. These are the meditations which led to the call for everyone in the whole earth to fear or stand in awe of God. To fear the LORD is to have a reverential regard for His majesty and jurisdiction. It is the opposite of being indifferent to or even defiant of Him. It is to recognize deeply His excellency and to submit oneself to His unerring wisdom, His control of all circumstances, and His authority as revealed in His commandments. “The LORD looks from heaven; He sees all the sons of men.” He knows each of our hearts.



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