Proverbs 9:10 Amplified Bible (AMP)
“The [reverent] fear of the Lord [that is, worshiping Him and regarding Him as truly awesome] is the beginning and the preeminent part of wisdom [its starting point and its essence], And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding and spiritual insight.”
Fear as we know it to be is usually defined with emotions and feelings that are unpleasant or caused by an expectation or awareness of danger, as Merriam-Webster would describe it to be. If you look to the Word of the Lord in defining “fear,” you will see that it is a hindrance. It blocks, it distorts and can cause one to be stagnant spiritually in moving and growing in the things of Christ.
In the spiritual, to have a fear of the Lord is to reverence him, obey him, honor him, understand his power and sovereignty and to have the understanding of his character. There are so many attributes of the Lord and to fear (reverence) the Lord is to know him and get to a place of intimacy and relationship with him. One of the many reasons that fear in the church is not preach upon to its fullest capacity is due to the lack of reverence, spirit of compromise and not allowing the Lord to be ruler and sovereign over all things. It is when we get to the place of allowing the Lord to freely move instead of just “tolerating” him and fitting him in with “our agendas” that we can fully appreciate the fullness of who he is alone.
The world will try to distort and bring forth a false fear of the Lord, but the TRUE fear of the Lord is founded upon worship, praise, adoration and the honoring of who he is. It is the respect that we as his children, vessels and disciples are to have towards him!