Fear of the Lord

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“Fear of the Lord” is a phrase we find frequently in the Old Testament. Does it mean that we should be frightened of God? No.

“Fear of the Lord” gradually became a standard phrase for a good relationship with God. A good relationship begins with a reverent sense that God is so powerful and righteous that we dare not take Him lightly. But it goes on from awe to a sense of deep security, as Psalm 34 demonstrates.

The Fear of the Lord

For the unbeliever, the fear of God is the fear of the judgment of God and eternal death, which is eternal separation from God (Luke 12:5Hebrews 10:31).

For the believer, the fear of God is reverence of God. Hebrews 12:28-29 is a good description of this fear. It’s a combination of reverence and awe.

Believers are not to be scared of God. We have no reason to be scared of Him. We have His promise that nothing can separate us from His love (Romans 8:38-39). He will never leave us or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5).

Proverbs 1:7 declares, “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge.” Until we understand who God is and develop a reverential fear of Him, we cannot have true wisdom.

Fearing God means having a reverence for Him that impacts the way we live our lives. The fear of God is respecting Him, obeying Him, submitting to His discipline, and worshipping Him in awe.

Fun Fact: The Bible uses the word “fear” at least 300 times in reference to God.