“The fear of the Lord is the teaching of wisdom. And humility comes before honor” – Proverbs 15:33.
There is a lot more written about the fear of the Lord in Psalms, Proverbs, and the New Testament. This “fear” is a lot more than being afraid; it is the essence of worship itself.
However, it is an undeniable truth that there will always be an element of being afraid in whatever we worship. For example, if we worship people, we will be afraid of displeasing them; if we worship money, we will be afraid of losing it.
Likewise, when we worship God, there will be a fear of being displeasing to him. However, Psalm 19:9 says that the fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever. Isaiah 11:2,3 says that Spirit of Christ delights in the fear of the Lord. The fear of the Lord is unlike any fear that we have ever known. It is the fear that drives out all other fears.
The fear of God that Our Heavenly Father desires for us is not unlike the reverent fear that our earthly fathers desired for us to have toward them. Both fears just plead for us to have the wisdom and the good sense to know that obedience to authority is in our best interest. It is written: “Because there is forgiveness with you, you are to be feared” – Psalm 130:4. It is unnecessary to fear the wicked, because they neither love us or are able to forgive us. However, God, as a loving parent, is infinitely forgiving and loving. He will never reject those that trust in him.
While time remains, his offer of forgiveness is always available and given freely and without regret.
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding” – Proverbs 9:10.
The love of The Lord is the desired end result of wisdom and understanding. In this war zone called Planet Earth, we can forget that a Utopian Paradise is our final destination. Here, we often have to fight for every glimpse of heaven; there, we will come face to face with The Lord in all his glory. Here, we may have to imagine his embrace; in heaven, a physical embrace will be just the beginning of an eternity enjoying an intimate, passionate love affair with God The Father, Jesus The Son, The Holy Spirit, and all of God’s children.
It will be well worth the wait!
— Brad Heilhecker