Proverbs 9:10 New King James Version (NKJV)
10 “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,
And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
מורה מרא מורא
môrâ’ môrâ’ môrâh
mo-raw’, mo-raw’, mo-raw’
From H3372; fear; by implication a fearful thing or deed: – dread, (that ought to be) fear (-ed), terribleness, terror.
What it means to fear the Lord has been greatly misinterpreted throughout many millennia in Church history. We have been taught through no proper revelation by many teachers what they thought it meant to fear the Lord. Not what God had meant by this.
As we all know it’s important to have His revelation on a matter, and not our own. Ours is disastrous at times, and His – though not always understood at first, is Divine.
The Lord has been making a great distinction to us about fear of the Lord.
Fear of the Lord is one of the Seven Spirits of God. As God is Spirit and we come from God, we are Spirit too. Fear of the Lord is a spiritual fear and as such is far different to the flesh fear that we can feel to men.
We know that as spirit we cannot die so there is no fear of death which pervades the world with Fear of Man.
However fear of the Lord is a revelation and realisation and education like the other six Spirits of God.
Wisdom, Understanding, Revelation, Might, Counsel, Spirit of the Lord.
Each of these Spirits are interdependent on each other.
One cannot get understanding of God without revelation.
Wisdom is the ultimate end game but cannot be achieved without true understanding.
Counsel becomes effective when Might is around.
So Fear of the Lord is an awesome reverential realisation of the power of God and the potential He has.
It is no surprise He sent His Son to the World as a Lamb and not as a Lion. The other persona was always there but Jesus was able at all times to keep this persona caged. Had he released the Lion, things would not have flowed with free will or Gods will.
When we fear The Lord it is because we are starting to gain wisdom.
Our brain operates in the flesh at about 15% of its capacity. In the Spirit it operates at a higher level and God can reveal to us much more about knowledge and understanding as the boundaries of earthly education get exceeded immediately.
Logical mind is replaced by lateral thinking mind. However as we learn of the awesome power and knowledge of God and His faultless plans, there comes a reverential respect and fear of Him.
Psalms 130:3-4 (NKJV)
3 If You, Lord, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand? 4 But there is forgiveness with You, That You may be feared.
I love these verses as it sums up God. His love for us is an all forgiving love: unabashed vulnerable unconditional. His forgiveness is incomprehensible and scary.
The Fear of Him is inspired by the forgiveness of The Lord.
When we understand that He truly forgives and it is final, it is awe inspiring.
When David fell at God’s feet in fear, dread, abject misery, repentance, and request for mercy for sinning in lust and murder, I am not sure he knew he was going to be forgiven and lifted up even higher. But he was taken to new heights.
Picture yourself as Moses when God tells you to strike his staff on the ground. Picture his reaction when he sees the Red Sea parting. Moses moves into the spirit to complete this act, totally trusting God.
Now you have just experienced the Fear of The Lord.