To fear God is to recognize him for who he is. It means to show deep awe, reverence, respect. After all, he can destroy both body and soul in hell! Fear also means to respond appropriate to him as Creator and Sovereign, by obeying all his commands. This fear is a companion to love for God. Let us praise him for being the Devouring Fire!

God is a friend to those who love him do his will. He shares his knowledge and blessing with his friends. “He reveals his intimate counsel to the upright.” He makes us partners in his work of reconciliation. Glory to God for his friendship with man!

God helps the helpless. He reaches the unreachable. Those who face the impossible have a God with whom all things are possible. God can do all things and his people are enabled to serve and change. Glory to him who can and will help!

God executes his judgment against evil and against evildoers. The righteous desire justice in the world. They live according to God’s word. They want to see his salvation come to all. Evil is opposition to God. It must therefore be defeated. When God judges sinners, his people are vindicated. Glory to God for his righteous judgment!

God guards the way of the godly. He sees his people’s sufferings. He honors their commitment to him. He takes care of the one who trusts in him. God leads us at every moment and protects us in the darkest hours. Glory to God who guards his people!

God knows what it’s like to be betrayed, to be rejected. Because of his love, he was willing to risk—and continues to risk—rejection. He continues to pursue reconciliation with us. He still looks for someone to understand his love and turn to him. Glory to God for his willingness to risk!

God is complete in himself. He has everything he needs. He doesn’t need our service or our sacrifices. He has fullness in himself. In Christ we receive this fullness, so that we have everything we need. From that fullness we serve and love, and in it we rejoice. Glory to God for his fullness which he shares with us!