Father, may we all, who profess your name, be telling a lost world, the Good News, that our souls were bought with a price, that we can never repay, by Jesus perfect life, his giving of himself for us, out of perfect love, that we might be rescued from ourselves, to a new life in him. Your word never returns empty, and YOUR LOVE NEVER FAILS.
John MacArthur Study Bible
The overarching theme of this book and particularly the first 9 chapters is introduced—reverence for God (see v. 29; 2:5; 3:7; 8:13; 9:10; 14:26, 27; cf. also Job 28:28; Ps 34:11; Ac 9:31). See Introduction: Historical and Theological Themes. This reverential awe and admiring, submissive fear is foundational for all spiritual knowledge and wisdom (cf. 2:4–6; 9:10; 15:33; Job 28:28; Ps 111:10; Ecc 12:13). While the unbeliever may make statements about life and truth, he does not have true or ultimate knowledge until he is in a redemptive relationship of reverential awe with God. Note the progression here: 1) teaching about God; 2) learning about God; 3) fearing God; 4) knowing God; and 5) imitating God’s wisdom. The fear of the Lord is a state of mind in which one’s own attitudes, will, feelings, deeds, and goals are exchanged for God’s (cf. Ps 42:1).
Obey God and Prosper
1 “Now this is the commandment, the statutes and the judgments which the L ORD your God has commanded me to teach you, that you might do them in the land where you are going over to possess it, † 2 so that you and your son and your grandson might a fear the L ORD your God, to keep all His statutes and His commandments which I command you, b all the days of your life, and that your days may be prolonged. 3 “O Israel, you should listen and 1 be careful to do it, that a it may be well with you and that you may multiply greatly, just as the L ORD , the God of your fathers, has promised you, in b a land flowing with