At Bible Study the other evening the question was raised about what we will do when we first see Jesus? Will we go up and hug Him, or will we fall prostrate on the ground before Him? Our collective answer was the latter. What does it mean to fear the Lord? Because of the assurance of our salvation by the grace of God, we are not in fear of punishment. Romans 8:1 assures us that there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. But yet, there is the proper fear of the Lord. We call it awe, and respect, but those English words just aren’t sufficient. We will be standing in the presence of absolute holiness, the perfect glory of Almighty God. It is like standing near the full radiance of the blazing sun. This is something we’ve never experienced, and it will take some time to be able to stand. It is Jesus, Himself, who will have to reach down to lift up our trembling form, and draw us into that glory and love. This is the right fear of the Lord. It is also our hope and our joy.