United Reformed Church

805 Sunrise Avenue

Sanborn, Iowa


Psalm 34:1-10 by J.C Ryle

Christ warns us against fearing man (v. 4), but this is not all. He not only tells us whom we ought not to fear, but of whom we ought to be afraid. The manner in which the lesson is conveyed is very striking and impressive. Twice over the exhortation is enforced (vs5). The fear of man is one of the greatest obstacles which stand between the soul and heaven. We worry what men will think of us, what they will say of us and what they will do to us. How often these questions have turned the balance against the soul and kept men bound hand and foot by sin and the devil! Thousands would never hesitate a moment to face a lion or charge into battle who dare not face the laughter of relatives, neighbours and friends. If the fear of man is so powerful in our easy days, what in the days when it costs much to follow Christ? But he says,' fear not'. But what is the best remedy for the fear of man? How are we to overcome this powerful feeling and break the chains which it throws around us? There is no remedy like that which our Lord recommends. We must supplant the fear of man by and higher and a more powerful principle, the fear of God. We must look away from those who can only hurt the body to Him who has all Dominion over the soul. We must turn our eyes from those who can only injure us in the life that now is, to Him who can condemn us to eternal misery in the life that is to come. The lesser fear must melt before the greater, the weaker before the stronger. Christ goes on to give encouragement to persecuted believers. Nothing whatever, weather great or small, can happen to a believer without God's ordering and permission (vv. 6-7). Just as the telescope and microscope show us that there is order and design in all the works of God's hand, from the greatest planet to the least insect, so does the Bible teach us that there is wisdom, order and design in all the events of daily life. There is no such thing as chance, luck or accident in the Christian's journey through this world. All is appointed for the believers good (Romans 8:28). For meditation: Fear Him, you saints, and you will then have nothing else to fear.

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Morning: 9:30 a.m.

Evening: 6:30 p.m.

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