“The fear of Yahweh is clean, enduring forever. Yahweh’s ordinances are true, and righteous altogether.” (Psalm 19:9)
The phrase “fear of Yahweh” (fear of Jehovah) or “fear of the Lord” (as it’s worded in other translations), is a Biblical concept that should be of particular interest to all believers. Some might think the word “fear” means being afraid of God or that they would be struck down by lightening if they sin. That is not what that phrase means. First of all, St. Paul tells us that we all sin and fall short of the glory of God (see Romans 3:23).
The phrase “fear of the Lord” is referring to part of our process of sanctification and practicing piety. Instead of being afraid of God, the Hebrew use of the term “fear” in these particular verses, means we have a deep trust in our Heavenly Father, and we dislike those things that He too dislikes, such as our breaking of the Commandments, and various other evils. (compare Proverbs 6:16-19)
Our relationship with God is a strong trust that He will provide for our needs, even in times when it appears that there is no light at the end of the tunnel. Our love of the Father causes us to have the desire to remain faithful in His ordinances, knowing that His judgements “are true, and righteous altogether.”
May God bless you!