” Let all the earth fear ( reverence ) Yahweh. Let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe ( highest high esteem ) of him. Psalm 33:8. Because God is majestic, holy God, He deserves our honor and respect – Exodus 15: 11 ” Who is like you among the gods, O Lord- glorious in holiness, awesome in splendor, performing great wonders. “ This is what the Old Testament means by the ” fear of the Lord “– Genesis 22: 12 ” Don’t lay a hand on the boy! The angel said ” Do not hurt him in any way, for now I know that you truly fear God. You have not withheld from me even your son, your only son. “ and the New Testament echoes it as the ” reverence of the Lord “ in reference to an absolute positive attitude of respect & trustworthiness. Hebrews 12:28 “Therefore, receiving a Kingdom that can’t be shaken, let us have grace, through which we serve God acceptably, with reverence and awe. “
What is the aim of reverencing the Lord? The wise King Solomon explained is climax ability to rule in Proverbs 1: 7 ” The fear of Yahweh is the beginning of knowledge; but the foolish despise wisdom and instruction. ” Furthermore, an atypical character in the name of JOB, widening the scope in order to breakdown into the simplest this issue – Job 28: 28 ” But to man He said: behold, the reverential and worshipful fear of the Lord-that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is the understanding. ”
How does Love cast out fear? We must never lose our respect and appreciation for God, but we should grow beyond being motivated solely by fear and rather be motivated by God’s love – having a deep love and respect for God and His words – 1 John 4: 17 – 18 ” In this love has been made perfect among us, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment, because as he is, even so are we in this world…There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear has punishment. He who fears is not made perfect in love. ” Assuming God is our caring Father ” Jehovah Abba ” and we His children. We should learned the way of God’s family. The way of love, our Father himself being love – 1 John 4: 8. If we are nurture in love by ” love “, forgiveness is another side of our adoption by His Spirit, because we have been redeemed with high currency (his life) as referred to our previous status (sinner) – Romans 3:23.Therefore, our Father & Lord offers of forgiveness as an opportunity to repent, in order words, the reason to change. Psalm 130: 3-4 ” If you, Yahweh, Kept a record of sins, Lord, who could stand? But there is forgiveness with you, therefore you are feared. “
We as humans in this our ” Android environment ” must stand in awe before him and revere him because of who He is. Such awe (all the time, in all circumstances, with our all ) should preclude any disobedience of His loving will for us, and should energize us to serve him in holiness ( Leviticus 11: 44-45 ). The benefits of this relationship are eternal & infallible. This deep deference helps us have a proper humble perspective of ourselves in relation to our awesome God; this deep devotion helps us in times of temptation when we need to remember the serious consequences of disobeying God our Father; this high esteem motivates us to become more like our loving Father, creator & Lord.