Let the Fear of God Arise: Behind the Song

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This song was inspired by the words of Isaiah 2, by Philippians 2:11, and by the Lord’s Prayer. I wrote it because I see in this world a marked lack of the fear of God. People do what is right in their own eyes, and we are in such dire straights that it makes me long for the return of Jesus to save this world.

But I sing it for a different reason. I still fear failure, the unknown, the future, people’s opinion of me. And none of these can stand against the fear of the Lord. God topples idols, rules nations, and He is coming again. If we truly knew the fear of the Lord, the fear of anything less would just look silly. 

I sing this song to put my fear where it belongs, on my conquering, sovereign Savior who will never let me go. I remind myself what this world has to fear, and that fear of the world makes no sense whatsoever when God is your God. With my eyes on eternity, tomorrow looks far less daunting, and with my eyes on God, problems seem impossibly small. Come quickly, Lord Jesus.

Isaiah 2:8, 12, 17-19

Men will go into caves of the rocks and into holes of the ground before the terror of the Lord and the splendor of His majesty when He arises to make the earth tremble. Their land has also been filled with idols; they worship the work of their hands, that which their fingers have made. The pride of man will be humbled and the loftiness of men will be abased; for the Lord of Hosts will have a day of reckoning against everyone who is proud and lofty and against everyone who is lifted up, and the Lord alone will be exalted in that day.