Greatly to be Feared

God is greatly to be feared in the assembly of the saints, and to be had in reverence of all them that are about Him.

Psalm 89:7

You would think that the people who need to be fearing the Lord would be the people who are “living out in sin”.  You would think that the unsaved, wicked, worldly person would be the one in need of the fear of the Lord.  But the Bible says something a little different in this verse.  It says that He is “greatly to be feared in the assembly of the saints” and is to be held in reverence of “them that are about Him”. 

Those closest to the Lord should be the ones who have the greatest fear of Him and the highest reverence for Him.  The closer we get to the Lord, the more we see His holiness and our wickedness.  The closer we get to the Lord, the more we see just how desperately we need Him.  The fear of the Lord should be the most profound in those closest to Him.

There is coming a day when “every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God”. (Romans 14:11)  The wicked will eventually see the holiness of God and they will eventually fear Him and reverence Him.  But we should be getting a glimpse of His holiness even now, through His Word.  That small glimpse of Him that we can get should be enough to cause us to have a great reverential fear of Him and it should be enough to drive us to Him for mercy.

2 responses to this post.

  1. Fear…a subject with which I am well acquainted. There is fear that honors the Lord and fear that saddens Him, my flesh is subject to one and my spirit…the other. It makes me think of a verse in “Amazing Grace”.

    “Twas grace that taught my heart to fear and grace my fears relieved. How precious did that grace appear the hour I first believed.”

    I am enjoying reading some of these first posts…it’s like going back to chapter one instead of just lingering in the middle. 🙂



    • Hi Theresa! What a great verse from a great hymn! It’s true that there are two very different types of fear. Fear that brings me to the Lord is good. Fear that drives me from Him is not. Thanks for reading some of the first posts. I don’t even remember writing some of them! 🙂


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