What is meant by the fear of the LORD? Certainly not a cowing fear that anticipates pain and punishment for any perceived violation. This is the fear of a son for a loving father, rather than the fear of a slave before his austere master. It is a fear to offend our benefactor and companion. It is an attitude that leads to obedience to the spirit of the law, and not just the letter of the law.
Discussion: How would you describe the fear of the Lord?
Source: Biblical Family Values, Adult Teacher's Insights, page 48.