Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling.
Consider how strange this verse is.
Now reflect on how it compares to the prevailing attitude of our culture. Are men fearful of God? Are people fearful of losing their job, their pension, their home, their country, their rights, their health, their life, their family or their culture? As this world begins to see Psalm 2 come to pass the trouble is going to get greater and greater. Verse 11 reminds us who to fear, how to keep our perspective. Again I point out from my post on Psalm 2:10 that we don’t want to fear “the smith” nor identify with “the coal” but instead with God and His plan for us as His sons.
Behold, I have created the smith that bloweth the coals in the fire, and that bringeth forth an instrument for his work; and I have created the waster to destroy. No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD.
Notice that the promise, the heritage is to the servants of the Lord.
It seems that we humans are designed to fear, that sounds shocking on it’s face. As God reveals to us the mystery of iniquity and righteousness (2 Thess. 2) I believe we are going to find that everyone either fears loss or fears the Lord (knowing that all things are His anyway). As God reveals the hearts of humanity to all creation we are going to find out who truly believes the words of Jesus:
And I say unto you my friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him.
We need to take the Gospel seriously, Jesus Christ our high priest has gone into the Most Holy Place and has reconciled us to our creator. He was the perfect sacrifice and if we keep in mind how great His sacrifice was we can begin to understand what is so fearful about our God. Not giving proper weight to that sacrifice put us in peril, the peril of losing the fear that we have for God and having and evil heart of departing from him.
Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.
Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it. For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.
And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.
Fear is a gift. If we turn in fear to the One that is capable of perfect Love, the Tree of Life, we can have it and still live in peace. We need to find that place of rest, abiding in Him. Being wary once we have entered of departing from Him.
There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.