“Fear” the Lord?

Here’s a link to the message I just preached yesterday on “The Fear of the Lord.” It’s the first message in our series on the book of Proverbs. Several of you have asked me for the notes, so I figured I’d share them here on the blog.

(There is a brief synopsis of the journey that our family went through a month ago at the end of the message.)

PROVERBS | FEAR (link to message)


Scripture References (all verses are in ESV unless otherwise notated):


Proverbs are:

  • Truisms, not promises
  • Principles, not methods


Proverbs 1:7 – The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Proverbs 1:29 – Because they hated knowledge and did not choose the fear of the LORD,

Proverbs 2:5 – then you will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God.

Proverbs 9:10 – The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.


  • Psalm 145:3 – Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised, and his greatness is unsearchable.
  • Isa. 40:12-14; 25-26
  • Romans 11:33 – Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!”


  • Ps 47:2 – For the Lord, the Most High, is to be feared, a great king over all the earth.
  • Heb 1:3 “…he upholds the universe by the word of his power.”
  • Rev. 4:11 – Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created
  • Job 12:23 – He makes nations great, and he destroys them; he enlarges nations, and leads them away.
  • Ephesians 1:11 –  “..him who works all things according to the counsel of his will.”
  • Acts 4:27-28 – “for truly in this city there were gathered together against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, along with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel, to do whatever your hand and your plan had predestined to take place.”
  • Romans 8:28 – And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
  • Job 14:5 – Since his days are determined, and the number of his months is with you, and you have appointed his limits that he cannot pass,
  • Psalm 139:16 – Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.
  • Acts 17:24-27 – “The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man, nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything. And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, that they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us. ”
  • Proverbs 16:9 – The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.


  • Ps. 9: 7-8 – But the Lord sits enthroned forever; he has established his throne for justice,  and he judges the world with righteousness; he judges the peoples with uprightness.
  • Acts 17:31 – “because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed; and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead.”
  • Job 40:2; 7-8 – “Shall a faultfinder contend with the Almighty? He who argues with God, let him answer it.”[…] “Dress for action like a man; I will question you, and you make it known to me. Will you even put me in the wrong? Will you condemn me that you may be in the right?
  • Deut. 32:4 – The Rock, his work is perfect, for all his ways are justice. A God of faithfulness and without iniquity, just and upright is he.
  • 2 Chronicles 19:7 – Now then, let the fear of the Lord be upon you. Be careful what you do, for there is no injustice with the Lord our God, or partiality or taking bribes.”
  • Jer. 5:22-29 – Do you not fear me? declares the Lord, Do you not tremble before me? […] But this people has a stubborn and rebellious heart; they have turned aside and gone away. They do not say in their hearts, ‘Let us fear the Lord our God […]They know no bounds in deeds of evil; they judge not with justice the cause of the fatherless, to make it prosper, and they do not defend the rights of the needy. Shall I not punish them for these things? declares the Lord, and shall I not avenge myself on a nation such as this?”
  • Habakkuk 3:2 – O Lord, I have heard the report of you, and your work, O Lord, do I fear. In the midst of the years revive it; in the midst of the years make it known; in wrath remember mercy.
  • Romans 1:18 – For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth.
  • Heb 10:31 – It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
  • Luke 12:4-5 –  “I tell you, my friends, do not fear those who kill the body, and after that have nothing more that they can do. But I will warn you whom to fear: fear him who, after he has killed, has authority to cast into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him!


  • Proverbs 14:26-27 – In the fear of the Lord one has strong confidence, and his children will have a refuge. The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, that one may turn away from the snares of death.
  • Proverbs 19:23 – The fear of the Lord leads to life, and whoever has it rests satisfied
  • Proverbs 28:14 (KJV) – Happy is the man that feareth always.”
  • Psalm 130:3-4 – If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand? But with you there is forgiveness, that you may be feared.


  • 2 Cor 5:21 – He made Him, who knew no sin, to become sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.
  • Romans 5:8 – but God shows his love for us in that (M)while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Summary Statement:

The Fear of God is a reverence and an awe of all that God is, all that we deserve and all that He has done for us in Christ.

Quotes used:

“God created us in His image and we felt inclined to return the favor…” – Pastor Mark Driscoll

“We are more flawed and sinful than we ever dared believe, yet we are more loved and accepted than we ever dared hope.” – Tim Keller


If you live in or around Clermont, FL, come join us for the rest of the series at The Church At South Lake


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