March 24, 2021 FPCLA Lenten Word Meditation

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Today’s Lenten word comes from Psalm 147:1-11 NRSV
1 Praise the LORD!
How good it is to sing praises to our God;
for he is gracious, and a song of praise is fitting.
2 The LORD builds up Jerusalem;
he gathers the outcasts of Israel.
3 He heals the brokenhearted,
and binds up their wounds.
4 He determines the number of the stars;
he gives to all of them their names.
5 Great is our Lord, and abundant in power;
his understanding is beyond measure.
6 The LORD lifts up the downtrodden;
he casts the wicked to the ground.
7 Sing to the LORD with thanksgiving;
make melody to our God on the lyre.
8 He covers the heavens with clouds,
prepares rain for the earth,
makes grass grow on the hills.
9 He gives to the animals their food,
and to the young ravens when they cry.
10 His delight is not in the strength of the horse,
nor his pleasure in the speed of a runner;[a]

11 but the LORD takes pleasure in those who fear him,

in those who hope in his steadfast love.
Today’s meditation word(s) is fear. It comes from the Hebrew word yare’ meaning to fear, be afraid, stand in awe, reverence, honor.
Most English Bible translated the Hebrew word yare’ to fear. The Voice and Contemporary English Version used the word worship to translate yare’; Amplified Bible used both fear and worship. Good News Translation used honor. New English Translation used faithful. To me, this is interesting because translators see God as frightening and fearful.
Should God be feared? Is fear the reason we worship God?


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