Exodus 19:16 (KJV) 16 And it came to pass on the third day in the morning, that there were thunders and lightnings, and a thick cloud upon the mount, and the voice of the trumpet exceeding loud; so that all the people that was in the camp trembled.
I wonder how we’d feel when we come face to face with the Almighty Creator. The imagery of thunders and lightnings creates some sense of shock and awe. Imagine them concentrated on one specific location. Add to them a thick cloud and a tremendously loud blast of trumpet. Fear, a deep reverential, awe-filled fear—that’s the only natural reaction we can think about when faced with power—sights and sounds of such incredible magnitude.
It’s understandable that people trembled. However, with all the awesomeness all the combined powers of nature manifest, they’re really nothing compared to the awesome power and greatness of God. It stands to reason why His call for us not to fear any man excludes Him. We fear no man and nothing, but we’re rightly commanded to fear the Lord. Fearing Him isn’t contradictory to loving Him. It’s not a case of either-or; it’s both.