“He will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him; He will also hear their cry and will save them.”
(Psalms 145:19 NAS95)

The psalmist lists three characteristics of the Lord in regards to how he interacts with his children:

  1. He will fulfill the(ir) desire
  2. He will hear their cry
  3. He will save them

The caveat or requirement is that his children fear him. The root of the Hebrew word for fear is used 435 times in the Old Testament and most often means “fear, reverence, respect” In almost 80% of the passages the object of fear is God. (New International Dictionary of Old Testament Theology and Exegesis).

While this verse is not a bargain per se—after all, we fear the Lord because we have been changed by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, not because we want to get certain things from him, as if he were a genie in a bottle—nevertheless, it is a pretty good deal for us.  We fear God.  God fulfills our [holy] desires, lends a listening ear, and saves us.  Who wouldn’t want that?

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