What does it mean when old fashioned preachers talk about the “fear of God”? I looked it up in the Bible, and all over the Word of God we are instructed to “fear” the Lord. But, this fear is not exactly like the fear you experience when worried about the state of the world, or when you see a blue light in your rear view mirror.
The fear of the Lord is more like a reverence, and awe of His greatness, and being overwhelmed that He invites us on the adventure of serving him. It’s more like the feeling when you step to the edge of the Grand Canyon, or have your breath taken away by riding the world’s largest roller coaster?
And I noticed that the Bible says we should serve the Lord in two ways. First, in fear, and second in joy and celebration. I guess we have a reverence at the awesome privilege to join God in His redemptive activity in the world, combined with a sense of adventure and joy, not knowing what is around each turn of life.
Here’s one of so many Bible verses that invite us to be part of the joyful and awesome privilege of serving God. “Serve the LORD with fear and celebrate his rule with trembling.” (Psalm 2:11)