|As a father has compassion on his children, |
so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him;
|Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear him. |
|Just as a father has compassion on his children, |
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
|Psalm 103:13 |
God is a compassionate and tender Father toward His children (v. 13). He created us from the dust of the earth (Gen. 2:7), and He knows our make-up.
A healthy fear is reverence or respect. Today, when there is so much emphasis on God's love, grace, and mercy, is it possible that we have forgotten that God is to be feared? He takes our sin very seriously; therefore we need to take His holiness very seriously. We need not cringe in horror, as though God were a tyrant who delights in punishing us. But neither should we wink at sin.
Thomas Nelson Publishers. (2001). What does the Bible say about-- : The ultimate A to Z resource fully illustrated. Nelson's A to Z series (155). Nashville, Tenn.: Thomas Nelson.