Christian Pilgrim


94. Fear of God

Having the "fear of God" is a characteristic of the believer:

Deuteronomy 8:6 - "Therefore thou shalt keep the commandments of the LORD thy God, to walk in his ways, and to fear him."

Deuteronomy 13:4 - "Ye shall walk after the LORD your God, and fear him, and keep his commandments, and obey his voice, and ye shall serve him, and cleave unto him."

Psalm 22:23,25 - "Ye that fear the LORD, praise him; all ye the seed of Jacob, glorify him; and fear him, all ye the seed of Israel... My praise shall be of thee in the great congregation: I will pay my vows before them that fear him."

Psalm 25:14 - "The secret of the LORD is with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant."

Psalm 33:18 - "Behold, the eye of the LORD is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy."

Psalm 34:7 - "The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them."

Psalm 34:9 - "O fear the LORD, ye his saints: for there is no want to them that fear him."

Psalm 67:7 - "God shall bless us; and all the ends of the earth shall fear him."

Psalm 85:9 - "Surely his salvation is nigh them that fear him; that glory may dwell in our land."

Psalm 103:11,13,17 - "For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him... Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear him... But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children's children."

Psalm 111:5 - "He hath given meat unto them that fear him: he will ever be mindful of his covenant."

Psalm 112:1 - "Praise ye the LORD. Blessed is the man that feareth the LORD, that delighteth greatly in his commandments."

Psalm 119:120 - "My flesh trembleth for fear of thee; and I am afraid of thy judgments."

Psalm 145:19 - "He will fulfil the desire of them that fear him: he also will hear their cry, and will save them."

Psalm 147:11 - "The LORD taketh pleasure in them that fear him, in those that hope in his mercy."

Proverbs 8:13 - "The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate."

Proverbs 16:6 - "By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the LORD men depart from evil."

Proverbs 23:17 - "Let not thine heart envy sinners: but be thou in the fear of the LORD all the day long."

Ecclesiastes 12:13 - "Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man."

Isaiah 8:13 - "Sanctify the LORD of hosts himself; and let him be your fear, and let him be your dread."

Jeremiah 32:40 - "And I will make an everlasting covenant with them, that I will not turn away from them, to do them good; but I will put my fear in their hearts, that they shall not depart from me."

Jeremiah 33:9 - "And it shall be to me a name of joy, a praise and an honour before all the nations of the earth, which shall hear all the good that I do unto them: and they shall fear and tremble for all the goodness and for all the prosperity that I procure unto it."

Matthew 10:28 - "And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell."

Luke 1:50 - "And his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation."

Luke 12:5 - "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."

Luke 23:40 - "But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation?"

Philippians 2:12 - "Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling."

Hebrews 12:28 - "Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear."

Revelation 19:5 - "And a voice came out of the throne, saying, Praise our God, all ye his servants, and ye that fear him, both small and great."

It is the unbeliever who does NOT fear God:

Deuteronomy 5:29 - "O that there were such an heart in them, that they would fear me, and keep all my commandments always, that it might be well with them, and with their children for ever!"

Deuteronomy 25:18 - "How he met thee by the way, and smote the hindmost of thee, even all that were feeble behind thee, when thou wast faint and weary; and he feared not God."

Psalm 9:20 - "Put them in fear, O LORD: that the nations may know themselves to be but men. Selah."

Psalm 36:1 - "The transgression of the wicked saith within my heart, that there is no fear of God before his eyes."

Jeremiah 2:19 - "Thine own wickedness shall correct thee, and thy backslidings shall reprove thee: know therefore and see that it is an evil thing and bitter, that thou hast forsaken the LORD thy God, and that my fear is not in thee, saith the Lord GOD of hosts."

Jeremiah 5:22-24 - "Fear ye not me? saith the LORD: will ye not tremble at my presence, which have placed the sand for the bound of the sea by a perpetual decree, that it cannot pass it: and though the waves thereof toss themselves, yet can they not prevail; though they roar, yet can they not pass over it? But this people hath a revolting and a rebellious heart; they are revolted and gone. Neither say they in their heart, Let us now fear the LORD our God, that giveth rain, both the former and the latter, in his season: he reserveth unto us the appointed weeks of the harvest."

Jeremiah 36:24 - "Yet they were not afraid, nor rent their garments, neither the king, nor any of his servants that heard all these words."

Romans 3:18 - "There is no fear of God before their eyes."

But there is a sense in which the believer does not fear (i.e. fear in the same sense as fear of his enemies on this earth):

Exodus 20:20 - "And Moses said unto the people, Fear not: for God is come to prove you, and that his fear may be before your faces, that ye sin not." [Note the two types of fear are both mentioned in this verse].

Luke 1:74 - "That he would grant unto us, that we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies might serve him without fear, in holiness and righteousness before him, all the days of our life."

Romans 8:15 - "For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father."

2 Timothy 1:7 - "For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind."

The devils believe, and tremble (because they know their latter end):

James 2:19 - "Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble."

When Christ returns, the wicked will fear (because their latter end will be made plain to them):

Job 15:21 - "A dreadful sound is in his ears: in prosperity the destroyer shall come upon him."

Psalm 73:19 - "How are they brought into desolation, as in a moment! they are utterly consumed with terrors."

Isaiah 2:10,19 - "Enter into the rock, and hide thee in the dust, for fear of the LORD, and for the glory of his majesty.And they shall go into the holes of the rocks, and into the caves of the earth, for fear of the LORD, and for the glory of his majesty, when he ariseth to shake terribly the earth."

Hosea 10:8 - "The high places also of Aven, the sin of Israel, shall be destroyed: the thorn and the thistle shall come up on their altars; and they shall say to the mountains, Cover us; and to the hills, Fall on us."

Luke 23:30 - "Then shall they begin to say to the mountains, Fall on us; and to the hills, Cover us."

Revelation 9:6 - "And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them."