"Fear God and you will have nothing else to fear.  Don't fear what the next day may bring.  Don't fear other people.  Don't fear violence and power, even when it comes to you personally and can rob you of your life.  Don't fear the high and mighty in the world.  Don't fear yourself.  Don't fear your sins.  All these fears will die.  From all these fears you will be set free.  For you they are no longer there.  But fear God and him alone.  For he has the power over all the powers of this world.  The whole world is in fear of God.  He has power to give us life or to destroy us.  All other powers are a mere game.  God alone is real, seriously real.  Fear God seriously and 'give him the glory.'  He would be acknowledged as the creator, as our creator; he would be acknowledged as the reconciler, who has made peace between God and man; he would be acknowledged as redeemer, who at the end sets us free from all our sins and all our burdens.  Honor him as his holy gospel, 'because the hour of judgement is come.'  And this judgemnt is the gospel itself.  The eternal gospel is the judge of all the peoples."

(Dietrich Bonhoeffer, sermon on Revelation 14:6-13)

Fear God and you will have nothing else to fear.  

I came across these lines over Christmas but they came to mind again as I have been spending time in Psalm 98 over the past few days.  The Psalm is an exuberant call for an explosion of praise from the whole earth that is framed by two 'bookends'.  All the earth should break forth in joyous song because Yahweh has done marvellous things and because He will come to judge the earth with righteousness.  

The Lord has made known His salvation.  It has risen up over all the troubles and all the enemies of His people.  The nations that reject Him cannot stop the fulfillment of His steadfast love and faithfulness to His own.  Fear God and you have nothing else to fear.

The Lord will judge the world with righteousness.  All wrongs will be set right.  Our final judgment will not come at the hands of those who despise us or are set in opposition against us.  We live toward Him alone because we will ultimately stand before Him alone.  Fear God and you will have nothing else to fear.

Our taste buds aren't naturally inclined to savour the taste of humble pie and so the fear of the Lord may not be something we are eager to cultivate.  But we must remember that when we humble ourselves in the sight of the Lord, He will lift us up.  Kneeling before Yahweh puts us firmly below Him, but it also puts all other powers below us.  

Fear God and you will have nothing else to fear.