This eagle knows no fear. And there is good reason. The Harpy is among the largest and most powerful eagles with rear talons as big as a grizzly bear’s claws. Its legs are as thick as a person’s arm and its wing span can reach up to six and a half feet. It has no natural predators, yet is on the decline due to its lack of fear. The Harpy will sit on a perch and let humans approach and in consequence is shot.
Today’s verse points out the blessings of fearing the Lord. They are riches, honor and life itself. But the fear of the Lord does not happen without humility. Fearing the Lord is understanding just how big He is and just how small we are. Fearing Him is having a healthy respect for His power over our lives. Fearing Him is giving Him the awe and recognition He deserves. This attitude is lacking in the one who thinks too much of himself and his own prowess. Pride in our own strength or talent to the exclusion of the Giver of those gifts will rob us of the riches, honor and life with which He wants to bless us.
My perspective often needs changing. I can start to feel capable, strong and in control with no thought of Him. Fearing Him is an act of humility and involves seeing myself as dependent on Him. I need to be reminded through His Word of just how incredible He is! My fear of Him intensifies my worship and He is gracious to respond with blessing! My life is richer for fearing Him for the awesome God He is!
Lord, keep me humble and fearing You.