18. Behold, the Lord’s eye is upon those who fear Him — who revere and worship Him with awe; who wait for Him with hope in His mercy and loving-kindness,
19. To deliver them from death and keep them alive in famine. Amp.
The key in this scripture is the fear of the Lord. It is not only the fear of His judgment, yet I do believe that must be a part of it. This Word is more of a reverence of holy respect. We fear offending Him because we greatly value Who He is. We see beauty in His holiness and the awesomeness of His great power. It causes us to bow, not just physically but spiritually.
We bow in humility honoring His name and character, recognizing how we could never be like him no matter how hard we tried. How could Jesus forgive those who were so merciless to Him? We could not forgive them. How could He come back to the disciples and not rail at them for their cowardly behavior? We would be full of self-pity and greatly offended.
Jesus was falsely accused and was not even offended. He could pay no attention to a suffered wrong. His love never fails. How many times have we been falsely accused and paid no attention to it? This is God’s love. 1 Cor. 13:2 says that it does not matter how many spiritual gifts we have, if we do not have this type of God’s love in us, we are nothing, a useless nobody.
I Cor. 13:3 but if I have not God’s love in Me, I gain nothing. We cannot love like Him. We are not that way. Love never fails. How many times do we fail? How many times did Jesus fail? How many times do we get hurt and turn off the love inside of us to protect ourselves from being hurt? How many times have we failed the Lord and yet He kept on loving us?
Every time we go through a trial it should leave us with a clearer picture of just who Jesus is. This revelation of who He is should make us bow lower at His feet in reverence. It should cause the love we have for Him to grow deeper and deeper because of the greatness of His character.
In heaven we will be singing Worthy is the Lamb. Now is the time for us to learn just how worthy He really is. We must sing it from a heart that is truly in awe, with a reverential respect for who HE is, that will show in our life of reverential worship and obedience to Him.
They who fear God need not fear anything else; let them fix their eye of faith on Him, and His eye of love will always rest upon them.