People today do not fear God. No, sadly most of us choose to ignore Him and have instead dismissed God as a non-important aspect of life (if we choose to even acknowledge Him at all). This must change. We need to stop ignoring God and renew our trust in Him. Most importantly, it is imperative that we understand that we will be called into account for our transgressions. Americans have lost their fear of God and it is precisely this which we must once again strive to acquire. King David warned us about this very issue in Psalm 36.

Transgression speaks to the wicked deep in his heart;
there is no fear of God before his eyes.
For he flatters himself in his own eyes
that his iniquity cannot be found out and hated.
The words of his mouth are trouble and deceit;
he has ceased to act wisely and do good.
He plots trouble while on his bed;
he sets himself in a way that is not good;
he does not reject evil.

(Psalm 36:1-4)

It is highly important to note that David is not sprouting random philosophical theories on how God works. May one never think that! As statement of life, one should never ignore God. Absolute facts do exist and to proudly hold on to a notion that being a “good person“ will earn you entrance into heaven completely misses the truth that salvation comes only through faith in Christ. We have lost our fear in God, we have moved our faith into a false sense of security that denies God actively works in our lives and sees our every action. Yet, David does not just state this fact and leave us with no hope:

Your steadfast love, O Lord, extends to the heavens,
your faithfulness to the clouds.
Your righteousness is like the mountains of God;
your judgments are like the great deep;
man and beast you save, O Lord.
How precious is your steadfast love, O God!
The children of mankind take refuge in the shadow of your wings.
They feast on the abundance of your house,
and you give them drink from the river of your delights.
For with you is the fountain of life;
in your light do we see light.

(Psalm 36:5-9)

Faith is lived out through a proper fear of God. For his love and faithfulness have no barriers; his righteousness and judgments no depths. All creation lives within God’s boundless grace and omniscience. Nothing escapes His notice. It is only through the sin of pride that one even partially fathoms that his sins could remain hidden. In the end he is left holding on to a flawed philosophical theory which carries him down to the grave. Only the truth will save.

David concludes this ancient hymn tying everything together:

Oh, continue your steadfast love to those who know you,
and your righteousness to the upright of heart!
Let not the foot of arrogance come upon me,
nor the hand of the wicked drive me away.
There the evildoers lie fallen;
they are thrust down, unable to rise.

(Psalm 36:10-12)

It is imperative that we avoid philosophical answers to difficulties in the Bible. Never let us slip into the arrogance of the world around us. Our faith can only be tended to while in a state of worship. And I would submit that true worship cannot occur unless you properly fear Him. Only when we realize that God knows and understands us better that we even know ourselves will we remain upright in heart and not let the evil around us drive us away from Him who loves us. We must live out a life of fear.