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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Prayer and Meditation on Psalm 34:9-14

“9 O fear the LORD, ye his saints: for there is no want to them that fear him.
10 The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the LORD shall not want any good thing.
11 ¶ Come, ye children, hearken unto me: I will teach you the fear of the LORD. 12 What man is he that
desireth life, and loveth many days, that he may see good?
13 Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile.
14 Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.
15 The eyes of the LORD are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry.” (Ps 34:9-15 AV)

Precious Father, we confess that we cannot learn Your fear from the precept of men. That which is born
of the flesh is flesh and we must be taught by Your Spirit if we are to learn spiritual things.

Yet, how rich is the heritage of those who have learned Your fear. Even the wild beasts hunger and
thirst and many of them die for want of meat and drink, yet those who fear You will lack nothing
necessary for this life during the time that You have appointed for us on this earth.

Every good and perfect things comes down from You, O Father, for there is none good but You. You
have told us what Your fear is, that we “desire life, and love many days to enjoy the good that You give
us. To keep our tongues from evil and our lips from hypocrisy is the fear of God, for the Gospel tells us
that love is to be without hypocrisy, abhorring evil and cleaving to that which is good. We are
commanded to seek peace and chase after it.

For You, O precious Father, are not blind and deaf. You see the needs of Your children even before we
know them, and You hear our prayers even before we pray.

Therefore, O Lord Jesus, we will come to You, as You have commanded, as You have called us with
great power and glory. We will listen to Your voice and pursue the fear of the Lord, and You will teach
us Your ways, for you are faithful and true.

With great power You have called, “Come unto me all ye that labor and are heaven laden and I will
give you rest.” We fear You, because You have taught us, for Your grace teaches us to live soberly,
righteously, and godly in the present world. We are not drunken as those who riot in the night but we
have put on the soberness of Your fear, being taught of You.
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