Does the Bible Contradict Itself when it comes to Fearing the Lord

Blessed are those who fear the Lord,
who find great delight in his commands.

That’s Psalm 112:1.  How can someone be in fear AND blessed?  To be blessed or happy is NOT a characteristic of someone who is afraid.

The term “fear” in this context when applied to our Almighty is not one of dread or apprehension but rather of awe, reverence, and utmost respect. We are taught in 1 John 4:18 that perfect love casts out fear, that is love for and love by God cancels out fear which may be in our hands and hearts.

Psalm 34:4 confirms this…

I sought the Lord, and he answered me;
he delivered me from all my fears.


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