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All The Day Long 2

Psalms 113:3: From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same the LORD*S name is to be praised.

Just forgetting God even for a moment can get us into a lot of trouble.

Judges 3:7: And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD, and forgat the LORD their God, and served Baalim and the groves. 8 Therefore the anger of the LORD was hot against Israel, and he sold them into the hand of Chushanrishathaim king of Mesopotamia: and the children of Israel served Chushanrishathaim eight years.

How would you like to have a name like that king? It would be very difficult just to learn to spell it. It would also be very difficult to enumerate all the woes that can happen when we simply forget about God. There are too many days and too many times each day when we believers let sin come between us and our loving God. We often sin when we forget about God or some truth about Him. We will be blessed if we do our best to remember Him at all times. We will remember Him at all times when we get to Heaven. Even though we can*t do it, He is worth it.

Proverbs 23:17: Let not thine heart envy sinners: but be thou in the fear of the LORD all the day long.

Being in the fear of God all day long is a lofty goal and will be unreachable until we get to Heaven. But it is a goal worth having. Every moment we are in the fear of God is an immeasurable treasure and privilege. Several commentaries have described what it is to be in the fear of God and given great wisdom about the blessings of being there all the day long.

Matthew Henry*s Commentary:

An excellent direction to maintain high thoughts of God in our minds at all times: *Be thou in the fear of the Lord every day and all the day long.* We must be in the fear of the Lord as in our employment, exercising ourselves in holy adorings of God, in subjection to his precepts, submission to his providences, and a constant care to please him; we must be in it as in our element, taking a pleasure in contemplating God*s glory and complying with his will. We must be devoted to his fear (Psalms 119:38: *Stablish thy word unto thy servant, who is devoted to thy fear.*) and governed by it as our commanding principle in all we say and do. All the days of our life we must constantly keep up an awe of God upon our spirits, must pay a deference to his authority, and have a dread of his wrath. We must be always so in his fear as never to be out of it.

Matthew Poole:

*Be thou in the fear of the Lord;* reverence the presence of the Divine Majesty, and dread his power and justice, and those judgments which he hath prepared for sinners, and thou wilt see no cause to envy, but rather to pity them.

Patrick/Lowth/Whitby/Lowman Commentary:

In which, that thou mayest always tread, be not offended at the prosperity of the wicked; much less vex and fret thyself into an imitation of them: but maintain perpetually an awful sense of God in thy mind; which is the best preservative against envy, and all other sins, if thou perseverest constantly in it.

Thomas Hawes:

When we see the prosperity of sinners, we are too apt to envy them their abundance, but it is our folly; for we have a better portion infinitely than they enjoy, when walking in the fear of the Lord all the day long; the sense of his love and favour is better than all manner of riches; and if we mark the end, shall never wish an exchange, since all our momentary trials shall quickly have their period, and our faith and hope be lost in the fruition of eternal blessedness; but the wicked shall lie down in torments intolerable, uninterrupted, everlasting.

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