Why Does God Want Us to Fear Him?

When you hear the word “fear” what is the first thing that comes to your mind? To my ears, this word is almost entirely negative. I associate it with the words “threat,” “punishment,” and “danger.” So when I started reading the Bible, I was baffled with how much it mentions and encourages Christians to have “fear of the Lord.” As a matter of fact, in Psalms 147:10-11, King David says that, “The Lord’s delight is not in the strength of the horse, nor his pleasure is in the legs of a man, but the LORD takes pleasure in those who fear him, in those who hope in his steadfast love.”

But why would God want his children to fear him? Because if you ask me, I don’t want my children to be afraid of me. I want them to love and respect me, not feel scared of me. The last thing I want is for my children to distance themselves from me because all they feel for me is fear. I am pretty sure you have the same sentiments too.

So again, why does God command us to fear Him? Here is an answer that allayed all my qualms: Bible Q&A: What Does it Mean to “Fear God”?