Fear of the Lord-Tests the Heart
God called Moses to meet with Him on the mountain. He also gave instructions for the people and for the priests. They were to cleanse themselves and come near to the base of the mountain so they could see and hear what God would say to Moses.
Now all the people witnessed the thunderings, the lightning flashes, the sound of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking; and when the people saw it, they trembled and stood afar off. Then they said to Moses, “You speak with us, and we will hear; but let not God speak with us, lest we die.
And Moses said to the people, “Do not fear for God has come to test you, and that His fear maybe before you, so that you may not sin.”
The fear of the Lord would have humbled them. Instead fear paralyzed the people so they refused to hear what God would say. Because of fear they abdicated their responsibility and rejected the most wonderful privilege.
PRAY FOR GOD TO SEND THE FEAR OF THE LORD UPON ISRAEL THAT THEY WILL NOT SIN.