What does it mean to “Fear God”?

Far too often though we fear the wrong things in life—things like dental work, tax audits, or public speaking—and we don’t fear what’s most important. We don’t fear God!

The Bible tells us “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom” (Psalm 111:10).

To “fear God” does not mean that you cower in terror before Him. It has been properly defined as “a wholesome dread of displeasing Him.” If I have sinned, it is not the fear of what He will do to me, but rather what I have done to Him.

The remarkable thing about fearing God is that when you fear Him, you fear nothing else—whereas if you do not fear God, you fear everything else.

David said, “The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” (Psalm 27:1). Only the person who can say, “The Lord is the strength of my life,” can then say, “Of whom shall I be afraid?”

5 thoughts on “What does it mean to “Fear God”?”

  1. David B. says:

    Are we living in the days of Noah? I was searching on the web “how to fear God” I want to live my life so it is pleasing to Him. I find my self thinking up lies to get out of work. I know who the father of lies is and I do not want any part of it! I think it would be easy to buy a lottery ticket and win lots of money so I can do what I want. I don’t want the desire to live for self – it’s destructive. I don’t want these sinful thoughts! They just pop in my head. I so want to fear the Lord and be obedient. That is what gives me great joy. So once again are we living in the days of Noah? Lovers of our selves and finding evil good and good evil. Oh how I long to be holy. The Father gave his only son so we may have eternal life. What Love! What a Gift! What Grace He has given us!

  2. James Ashe says:

    Excellent insight. Couldn’t have found a better answer. Thank you.

  3. Nnenna Dickson E says:

    Thanks for this article. Was helpful. God bless ur heart.

  4. B G Drake says:

    I love this. In my many India evangelistic trips I have been aware of the horrifying darkness that envelopes this Eastern nation, with its ubiquitous pagan darkness, permeating deception, and perpetual demonized deception. The fear of the Lord has sustaining and strengthening power. Being alone with the Lord and meditating on His word has always given me courage to proclaim His word and endeavour to please Him.

  5. Mary G. says:

    My, just this morning I was talking on “the fear of THE LORD”…with one of the numerous Christians at my apartment building! Your insight is extremely helpful, as it is a requirement and not an alternative nor is this an option…As I am solely responsible for living ‘the good-life’; which is one that fears [THE LORD]. Most grateful for your continuous help, in aiding me to understand the Holy Scriptures much better.

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