In Psalm 34:9, David tells us to “fear” God, but not in the sense that to fear God is to be scared to pray to Him. Fear, in this instance, could translate into being fully aware of who God is and what power He possesses. So, fear is seen in this scripture verse to mean to reverence God; to hold God in the highest place within your life; to respect His divine plans for you. It also means to submit to God as the ruler over your life and to be obedient to the commands He has instructed us as His people to follow.
Another way to look at fear in this text is to understand that In God’s wrath is not a place we want to be, in-other-words, we do not want to be in a position in which we are punished for not believing in Him while we have a physical life on the Earth. It means to believe that what God said about Hell is very real. Heaven is also real, but to get to Heaven, we must abide by the way and will of God. It is to expect that God will return to take His people with Him; those who are His disciples.
Interestingly enough, we as humans do not really think about our life after Earth. We do not and/or are not that concerned with where we will spend eternity after this physical, earthly existence. So then to fear God is to expect that He will fulfill His Word exactly as He has told us in The Holy Bible.
God invites us to converse with Him. God loves to hear us praise Him with our lips but does want us to live in a manner that brings Him glory. Whatever we are doing that is in opposition to God, we have to fear God enough as well as love God enough to want to and actually correct our way. If you decide to read a little further in this chapter 34, you can see that when we fear God, God will provide everything we need and we will be without need.
It takes FAITH to FEAR God.
Psalm 34:9 New International Version (NIV) | Fear the LORD, you his holy people, for those who fear him lack nothing.