19 He fulfills the desires of those who fear him;
he hears their cry and saves them. Psalm 145:19
The “fear” David wrote about here is probably closer to reverence than fear. We are not to cower in a corner afraid to say or do anything in “fear” of displeasing the Lord. Not at all.
It’s a holy, awe-inspiring reverence for who God is. It’s a deep respect and not taking Him for granted.
I had a high school friend who knew when to have reverence for God even though he was clearly not a Believer. He respected the fact that God was all-knowing and all-powerful. He would not join in the jokes that others told regarding religious matters. As he said, “I’ve done enough terrible things in my life. I don’t need to add blasphemy to the list.” His fear was on the border between respect and frightful fear. He didn’t realize that God is not in the business of raining down hellfire if someone sins.
Those reading this blog fear God; I am sure of it. Continue blessing Him with your attention and adoration. He deserves every bit of it.