Getting Close To God – Seek Him/Fear Him
Read Psalm Chapter 145
Ps 145:18 The LORD is near to all who call on Him, to all who call on Him in truth. 19 He fulfills the desires of those who fear Him; He hears their cry and saves them. 20 The LORD watches over all who love Him, but all the wicked He will destroy.
The April 10th devotion was the first in a series about getting close to God. Today is our second installment. There are many answers to the questions – “How do we get close to God?”, and “How do we get to know Him?” Today we see two of the best answers. We must seek Him and fear Him.
SEEK HIM – We are promised often in the bible that those who seek God will find Him. When a man sincerely seeks God with a humble and contrite heart, ready to embrace Him and His word without reservations, that man will not only find God, he will have also found eternal life. The Psalmist confidently stated that God is near to all who call on Him. When a man seeks God, he finds that God loves to be found and that He facilitates the search for Him.
There is one caveat; we must call upon Him in truth. That means that we are not carrying around a list of pre-conceived notions about what He will be like or what He may expect of us. We come willing to accept whatever we find, and embrace it. That is the definition of “calling upon Him in truth.” Some may not like what they find and therefore may reject Him; nevertheless, they will find Him. But it will do them no good. We are to seek the truth, not seek someone who will validate what we believe to be the truth and want to be the truth. For the SSA man and woman, he or she must be willing to accept whatever God might say about homosexuality. Many reject Him because they consider that to be a deal-breaker.
FEAR HIM – We’ve covered the idea of “fearing” God many times, but we can never have enough reminders. Fear has two meanings. One is the kind of fear which we might call “scared.” The other meaning is reverence, that awe of God which causes our minds to place Him on a pedestal far above the level of anyone else who exists. As mentioned in an earlier devotion, I believe that both definitions are appropriate when it comes to our relationship with God.
A certain amount of scary fear of God is not a bad thing. It can at times prevent us from making a miscalculation in judgment; prevent us from disobeying. That kind of fear has often deterred me from sinning.
Pr 16:6 Through love and faithfulness sin is atoned for; through the fear of the LORD a man avoids evil.
Yes, I know. This verse can also be applied to the other definition of fear as well. Either kind of fear can give us an extra incentive to avoid evil. Anything which prevents us from disobedience is a good thing.
Our reverence toward God causes us to hesitate before giving in to temptation. If we truly know who He is, contemplating the enormity of His personhood, we cannot help but fear – revere Him.
We get closer to God by seeking Him and by fearing Him. Both of these are vitally important if we truly want to get to know Him better and to get a greater sense of closeness to Him. We find Him when we seek Him, and when we fear Him (if we use it to prevent us from sinning) keeps us in unbroken fellowship with Him.
Ps 147:11 The LORD delights in those who fear Him, who put their hope in His unfailing love.
Ps 9:10 Those who know Your name will trust in You, for You, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek You.
Prayer: Lord, we would ask You to give us a desire and willingness to want to be close to You; to get to know You better. We know that if we seek You, we will find You. We also know that if we develop a healthy fear of You, we will not be as prone to disobey. Remind us of these facts often, so that we will not try to wander away from Your presence.