Why do people want to see the Grand Canyon, or Niagara Falls, or stand on the banks of a raging river, or walk out on a pier when the tides are rolling in and crashing on the beach?
Because of the beauty, the power…there is something totally majestic about these things!
Another common denominator about these things is fear. If you do not fear them, you are in danger. If you carelessly, and fearlessly walk the edge of either of these it would be very foolish. To fall into the midst of either of these would, most likely, cost you your life and there isn’t anything you could do about it.
The reverence and fear of these things keeps you safe while you enjoy them. The fear doesn’t keep you from being blessed by them, but it does keep you from the danger associated with them.
Although this doesn’t capture the complete meaning of the “fear of the Lord”, it does help. The parallels are similar; there is a danger in not fearing God that surpasses any other fearlessness we could have; and there are blessings beyond anything we could ask or imagine when we do “walk in the fear of the Lord”.