The Fear Of The Lord Is Clean

The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever; the rules of the LORD are true, and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb. Moreover, by them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward. –Psalm 19:9-11

This is Bethlehem’s memory verse for 6-14-15. In this list of qualities regarding the Word of God, the fear of the Lord seem out of place. The context mentions the law of the Lord, the testimony, precepts, and commandments. And then we have this phrase regarding the fear of the Lord. I looked in my Reformation Study Bible and the note says:

“In a list with law, testimony, precepts, commandment, and rules, the “fear of the Lord” seems out of place. But here the phrase is used objectively; that is, it refers to the body of knowledge about God, in keeping with the fact that to fear God starts with knowing God.”

The Scriptures contain the body of knowledge that we have regarding our Lord. There will never come a time when we will not have the knowledge of God, either in written form or in eternal reality, because it endures forever. This eternal knowledge of God is clean.

To say that this knowledge is clean means that the Bible contains the truth of God in it’s purest form. This truth is unmixed with defilements, half-truths, or arbitrariness. We can be confident that the words contained in between the covers of our Bibles are true, pure, and righteous all together.

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