Our God is not holy. He is not holy, holy. He is holy, holy, holy. Consider that. God's holiness is something the human mind cannot fathom. It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the Living God.
In this verse, the Holy God promises much to those who fear the Lord. When we fear the Lord we are aware of his awesomeness, his perfection, his holiness, his goodness, his love, his comfort, his presence. We fear to be away from all that is of and in God.
I had a dream once of the Laodicean Church. It was a tiny dreamlet. All I saw was a two-headed mermaid floundering in shallow shoals where hot and cold water met.
It's a small but powerful image. The mermaid represents the Christian -part human, part "fish" (the fish being the symbol Ichtus, which was often used to represent Christians. The hot and cold water imply lukewarmness. The two heads imply being double-minded. The shallow water represents our lack of depth. And the floundering represents our inability to move.
Those who fear the Lord aim to be wholly Christ, wholly, hot, wholly single-minded. But when Christ returns, will He find pure faith on the earth?
1Blessed is every one that feareth the LORD; that walketh in his ways.
2For thou shalt eat the labour of thine hands: happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee.
3Thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine by the sides of thine house: thy children like olive plants round about thy table.
4Behold, that thus shall the man be blessed that feareth the LORD.
5The LORD shall bless thee out of Zion: and thou shalt see the good of Jerusalem all the days of thy life.
6Yea, thou shalt see thy children's children, and peace upon Israel.