In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train of his robe filled the temple. above him stood the seraphim. Each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one called to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory! (Isaiah 6:1-3)
“The fear of God in which godliness consists is the fear which constrains adoration and love. It is the fear which consists in awe, reverence, honor, and worship, and all of these on the highest level of exercise. It is the reflex in our consciousness of the transcendent majesty and holiness of God. It belongs to all created rational beings and does not take its origin from sin.”
“The angelic host is overwhelmed with awe and reverence before the manifestation of God’s transcendent holiness.”
~John Murray, The Fear of God: The Soul of Godliness
True fear of the Lord has nothing to do with sin. When we truly fear God it is not because sin is anywhere near the equation. No, true fear is being in complete awe and adoration of the Lord, because He is who He is.
Just think, the holiest created beings in this universe have to shield their eyes to the full display of God’s majestic greatness! There is nothing in this universe that will not be blinded by the greatness of His splendor! That is where the true fear of God resides.
There will never be a point in our lives in all of eternity when we will not fear Him! For no matter how holy we are in our glorified state, we will be infinitely lesser than His infinite greatness!