One of the joys of paying attention to what God is trying to tell us is that we begin to “understand” (995). We understand the love of God. It is no longer just a word we hear, it is a gut level understanding. We understand the grace of God, maybe not in all of its depth, but at a level that makes life livable and faith doable. And this leads us to understand the “fear” (3374) of the Lord. Fear is not just something we feel, it involves the mind and discernment.
Do you understand how wonderful this fear is? Do you still find that a mystery? Keep listening. A healthy, well placed fear can give us a sense of security and rightness. It can open up to us the glory of God in such a way that we realize that there is reason to fear but the reason is tempered by the reality of God’s love. Remember,
(Romans 5:8 KJV) But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.So? Fear and rejoice. He is worthy of fear. He is worthy of trust. He is worthy of obedience.