I used to think that the fear of the Lord was a negative thing. I thought Fearing God meant being afraid of this being who exhibited white hot rage and unrelenting vengeance against my sins and failures.
Thankfully, I am learning from my reading and meditation on Scripture that this fear is the outgrowth of hearing, learning, and responding to God's Word. The fear of the Lord goes hand in hand with keeping His commands, walking with him, serving him, loving him and drawing near to him. And so, to fear God, is to love God and to serve God.
When we fear God sin becomes bitter and God becomes sweet. This is how God made us: apart from a personal knowledge of this awesome God, everything else becomes vapid!