Fear of the Lord is the foundation of wisdom.
Knowledge of the Holy One results in good judgment.
– Proverbs 9:10 (NLT)


A life of worship

is a life of fear


And it sounds strange

to say so


For fear

brings thoughts of scary

and terror

and angst


But Abba calls us to fear Him

with awe

and reverence

and joy


He calls us to see Him

in everything


He tells us not to fear people

or circumstances

or spiritual darkness


But to stand bold

in His Spirit


and this leaves us

with only the fear of HIM


But it couldn’t be further from the word we know


For this fear

dances in His presence


And brims over with joy


And seeks Him passionately


This fear is amazed at

and respecting






It is the beauty

of Father and child


It is


and fear not


– Susie Stewart


There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.

– 1 John 4:18 (NIV)


Fearing God has been a term I’ve wrestled with and longed to better understand. I know it means to have a deep level of reverence for God. But I love what a friend of mine who studies language root words to better understand biblical terms recently shared with me. After much study, she now defines a person who fears God as ‘one who sees the hand of God in everything.’ There are several Hebrew words for the word ‘fear’, but let’s look at two of these closely. One is ‘pachad’, which means terror. That’s not the one used in this passage about the fear of the Lord. The word used is ‘yirah’, which means being in awe of God. That deep sense of reverence where we truly desire to look for the hand of God in everything.
– Lysa Terkeurst


Let all the earth fear the Lord; let all the people of the world revere Him.

– Psalm 33:8 (NIV)


Let all people stand in awe of the Eternal; let every man, woman, and child live in wonder of Him.

– Psalm 33:8 (VOICE)


The Fear-of-God is a spring of living water so you won’t go off drinking from poisoned well.

– Proverbs 14:27 (MSG)



For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.

– 2 Timothy 1:7 (NLT)


This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

– Joshua 1:9 (NLT)


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