Blessed Are The Fearful!

From my old friend, Mr. Spurgeon:

Happy is the man that feareth alway. (Proverbs 28:14)

The fear of the Lord is the beginning and the foundation of all true
religion. Without a solemn awe and reverence of God there is no foothold for the
more brilliant virtues. He whose soul does not worship will never live in

He is happy who feels a jealous fear of doing wrong. Holy fear looks not only
before it leaps, but even before it moves. It is afraid of error, afraid of
neglecting duty, afraid of committing sin. It fears ill company, loose talk, and
questionable policy, This does not make a man wretched, but it brings him
happiness. The watchful sentinel is happier than the soldier who sleeps at his
post. He who foreseeth evil and escapes it is happier than he who walks
carelessly on and is destroyed.

Fear of God is a quiet grace which leads a man along a choice road, of which
it is written, “No lion shall be there, neither shall any ravenous beast go up
thereon.” Fear of the very appearance of evil is a purifying principle, which
enables a man, through the power of the Holy Spirit, to keep his garments
unspotted from the world. Solomon had tried both worldliness and holy fear: in
the one he found vanity, in the other happiness. Let us not repeat his trial but
abide by his verdict.


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