December 12, 2010

Don't Stand at a Distance, Please Come In

But as for me, I will come into Your house in the multitude of Your mercy; In fear of You I will worship toward Your holy temple. Psalm 5:7

Many misunderstand the word fear in this verse thinking it implies an emotion of being afraid, but it does not.

The word fear in this verse is the Hebrew word yirah (yir'âh), which means moral reverance.  So, to fear God, is to revere Him in the awesomeness of whom He is, the Creator of heaven and earth, the one who came to this world in the form of human flesh, who died for your sins and the sins of the world.

Don't fear going to church if you haven't been there in a long while.  His mercy toward you is far greater than you and I could possibly fathom, especially concerning how great is His love that He has shown toward us.  (Romans 5:8)

Jesus said that he would not turn away anyone who comes to him. (John 6:37).  Come to Him today.

I believe that as you come to know the immeasurable multitude of mercy that He has bestowed upon you that your life would reflect His great love for you through the death of His Son, Jesus Christ whom has atoned for your sins.

The follow is Charles Spurgeon's commentary from his work, The Treasury of David concerning this verse. 

May it be an encouragement to you this Lord's Day.

With this verse the first part of the Psalm ends. The Psalmist has bent his knee in prayer: he has described before God, as an argument for his deliverance, the character and the fate of the wicked; and now he contrasts this with the condition of the righteous. “But as for me, I will come into thy house.” I will not stand at a distance, I will come into thy sanctuary, just as a child comes into his father's house. But I will not come there by my own merits; no, I have a multitude of sins, and therefore I will come in the multitude of thy mercy. I will approach thee with confidence because of thy immeasurable grace. God's judgments are all numbered, but his mercies are innumerable; he gives his wrath by weight, but without weight his mercy. “And in thy fear will I worship toward thy holy temple,” - towards the temple of thy holiness. The temple was not built on earth at that time; it was but a tabernacle; but David was wont to turn his eyes spiritually to that temple of God's holiness where between the wings of the Cherubim Jehovah dwells in light ineffable. Daniel opened his window towards Jerusalem, but we open our hearts towards heaven.

Reference
Meyers, R. (2006). e-Sword. The sword of the Lord with an electronic edge (Verson 7.8) [Computer software].

Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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