I like that this verse starts with Hallelujah, praise the Lord! If we realize how wonderful our God is, then the second sentence in this verse is easier to do – to fear the Lord and delight in His commandments.
If we have an appreciation of who the Lord is and cognizance of His power, then we’ll realize He should be feared, but He should also be obeyed. God didn’t give us His commandments to burden us but to help us. Pastor Jon Courson said, “Sin’s not bad because it’s forbidden by God. Rather sin is forbidden by God because it’s bad.” In other words, God knows those things He calls sins will hinder our life.
That’s why it shouldn’t be a chore to just follow God’s commandments, but to delight in them also. Sometimes I feel as if I’m following the commandments of God because it’s on the list, I gotta do it! Instead, we need to get to the point where we realize those things the Lord tells us to do and not do should be a delight. They will be if we remember who God is.
Hallelujah, God is good,
Pastor Ron Kitchell