“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of Wisdom”.
Back when I was in the Episcopal Church, we attended Mass one day at a little church on Cape Cod where the response for the psalm was this phrase. The phrase has stuck with me ever since. It is from Psalm 111. This is not “fear” in the sense we often use it today, walking a dark street at 3 AM or waiting for medical test results. Rather it is that awe and reverence we have or should have when we contemplate the awesomeness of God and how insignificant we are in comparison, our weakness and how much we depend on Him.
Unfortunately in today’s world it is harder for us to have this “fear of God” when we are told how wonderful we are, how we can run our own lives, that we are “number one”.
This also applies to our worship. There is an old saying “Lex Orandi, Lex Credendi” – The way we worship is the way we believe. If we have a lack of reverence in our worship what kind of message are we sending about how we see our relationship with God?