Thou God Seest Me

“Come, ye children, hearken unto me: I will teach you the fear of the Lord.” Psalm 34:1111Come, ye children, hearken unto me: I will teach you the fear of the Lord. (Psalm 34:11)
Have you ever stopped to think that part of our responsibility as a Christian mother is to teach our children the fear of the Lord? What exactly does this mean? A key verse that comes to me is found in Genesis 16:1313And she called the name of the Lord that spake unto her, Thou God seest me: for she said, Have I also here looked after him that seeth me? (Genesis 16:13): “Thou God seest me.” A good beginning in teaching this truth to our children is to have them realize through this verse that they live in the sight of God at all times. Although Dad and Mom may not always know where they go or what they do, say, or think, there is a God in heaven who is watching at all times. They will give an account to Him for every detail of their lives and the decisions they make. In my Scofield Bible the fear of the Lord is defined as meaning “reverential trust, with hatred of evil” (see note to Psalm 19:99The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether. (Psalm 19:9)). The Proverbs speak of it often. (Look at Proverbs 1:7,29; 2:5; 3:7; 8:13; 9:10; 10:27; 14:26-27; 15:16,33; 16:6; 19:23; 22:47The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction. (Proverbs 1:7)
29For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the Lord: (Proverbs 1:29)
5Then shalt thou understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God. (Proverbs 2:5)
7Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil. (Proverbs 3:7)
13The fear of the Lord is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate. (Proverbs 8:13)
10The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding. (Proverbs 9:10)
27The fear of the Lord prolongeth days: but the years of the wicked shall be shortened. (Proverbs 10:27)
26In the fear of the Lord is strong confidence: and his children shall have a place of refuge. 27The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death. (Proverbs 14:26‑27)
16Better is little with the fear of the Lord than great treasure and trouble therewith. (Proverbs 15:16)
33The fear of the Lord is the instruction of wisdom; and before honor is humility. (Proverbs 15:33)
6By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the Lord men depart from evil. (Proverbs 16:6)
23The fear of the Lord tendeth to life: and he that hath it shall abide satisfied; he shall not be visited with evil. (Proverbs 19:23)
4By humility and the fear of the Lord are riches, and honor, and life. (Proverbs 22:4)
; and 23:17.)
Remember the Sunday School song?
He sees what we do and He hears what we say —
My Lord is watching all the time, time, time.
How good it is, when the truth in that little hymn sinks down into our children’s hearts very early in their lives.