Godly fear that trembles at the Lord’s holiness and yet rests in his grace and mercy will produce action in ones life. It is a fear that makes me careful not to offend a holy God. It also makes me stand in awe at his attributes (like his sovereignty, justice, kindness, mercy, grace and generosity). The fear of the Lord comes from seeing God in the word, but also drives me to fight against all that offends him in my life.
Here are two things that I am working on in order to grow in the Fear of the Lord.
1. Pray for it
Yep, this is pretty much the answer to everything. If I want to learn, grow, and change then I must ask God to work in me because I do not have the strength, perseverance and power to do it myself.
I will make with them an everlasting covenant, that I will not turn away from doing good to them. And I will put the fear of me in their hearts, that they may not turn from me. Jeremiah 32:40
God will answer this prayer of that I am sure but it will probably not happen in my timing or in the way I expect.
2. Study the Holiness of God
The holiness of God is not only an important doctrine, but the central aspect of God’s character that I must not only understand but experience. It reveals everything I am not and if I can come to see just how “other” he is it will make me tremble and long for change.
Everyone in scripture who was given just a glimpse of God’s holiness ended up either passing out (John on the Island of Patmos), glowing (Moses) or crying out from the bottom of their hearts that they are unworthy (Isaiah). The holiness of God killed Uzzah (2 Samuel 6) and the angles are so oversome with humility that that they covered their eyes and their feet in Isaiah 6:2.
“Happy the soul that has been awed by a view of God's majesty, that has had a vision of God's awful greatness, His ineffable holiness, His perfect righteousness, His irresistible power, His sovereign grace.” - A.W. Pink
Teach me your way, LORD,
that I may rely on your faithfulness;
give me an undivided heart,
that I may fear your name.