Psalms 2:11-12 (ESV)
11 Serve the LORD with fear,
and rejoice with trembling.
12 Kiss the Son,
lest he be angry, and you perish in the way,
for his wrath is quickly kindled.
Blessed are all who take refuge in him.
At first glance you may be forgiven for thinking that God wants to cajole and scare us.
After all we’re instructed, nay commanded, to “fear” Him.
But it doesn’t mean we have to literally be frightened.
Rather, we’re to hold him in esteem. To be in awe of Him. To marvel at His wonder and His might and His majesty. The way you would and should any sovereign.
Especially one as benevolent as God.
And this mark of a believer is to be apparent when we “serve” and when we “rejoice”.
When we love our neighbours and when we sing God’s praises.
It’s an attitude of admiration and devotion and respect. For who God is and what He has done.
For He has blessed us beyond comprehension.
Not with money and houses and worldly possessions.
But instead, by saving us from His “anger” and His eternal “wrath”.
For He is our refuge in times of trouble.
On Him we can depend on like no other.
prayer : thank you LORD for your steadfast love
action : trust that God will uphold and protect me