“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; those who act accordingly have a good understanding; his praise endures forever.”
While Jesus tells us to not be afraid, and Paul says that God has not given us a spirit of fear, the Psalms have a way of putting us in our place. Those who are wise rightly fear the Lord, even if God does not come to us with thunder and fire.
The gentleness and meekness of Jesus is much like the same approach of Moses, who veiled his face after seeing God’s glory. God does not seek our worship or reverence through intimidation, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t fear the holiness and power of God.
A healthy “fear” of the Lord keeps us humble and helps us see God’s love and mercy with greater clarity and gratitude.