“Oh, fear the LORD, you His saints, for those who fear Him have no lack!”
Psalm 34:9 (ESV)
When we know and enjoy that God is truly God, we experience some wonderful results! The first result we considered was that we will not fear. The second result is that we will fear!
Knowing God, we will not fear in times of trouble. And yet, knowing God, we will fear Him! We will not fear, because we know that our God is life and full of power and that He loves us. But we will fear Him, because we also know that He is light and holy; He is just and a consuming fire.
The fear of God is a very special fear. In the true sense of the word you can only find it in believers. “I will put the fear of me in their hearts” (Jeremiah 32:40).
The fear of God is a very precious fear. It is trust combined with reverence. We love and trust God, but with reverence and fear. We fear and serve God, but with love and trust.
The fear of God is a protecting fear. “By the fear of the Lord one turns away from evil” (Proverbs 16:6). It leads to a pure life.
The fear of God has many promises. “Those who fear Him have no lack!”(Psalm 34:9) “The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear Him and delivers them” (Psalm 34:7). “The Lord shows compassion to those who fear Him” (Psalm 103:13). “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom” (Psalm 111:10).
One time, when Martin Luther was working at his desk, his little son was sitting in a corner and singing out loud. Luther found it hard to concentrate. After a while he asked his son, “Would you please be quiet?” The little boy continued to sing, but with a very low voice and always watching his dad, to be sure that he was not disturbing him. Martin Luther said, “There he has taught me the exegesis of Psalm 2:11, “Rejoice with trembling!”
Joyful trust, holy reverence and hatred of evil are the three main components of the fear of the Lord.
Growing in the knowledge of God has two results: In times of trouble we will fear less and less. God Himself, we will fear more and more. Both are signs of spiritual maturity.
Memorizing and meditating God’s Word will help you to develop the gift of discernment. You will understand how to use the ability to fear and all the other emotions God has given you in the right way.