In 1741, Jonathan Edwards preached his famous sermon, “Sinners in the Hands of an angry God”. In it Edwards preached on God’s sovereignty in a way that caused people to understand that “fear of the Lord is the beginning of understanding.
Likewise, in Psalm 139, David speaks of two other attributes of God – God’s Omnipresence and Omniscience. Because of David’s relationship with God, he does not fear these qualities but takes even more confidence in the Lord and His Will. All God’s attributes are declared here as perfectly balanced and we see God’s sovereignty and His Lordship declared with confidence from David. Also declared is the fear and terror those without a relationship with God should have from the Holy Ruler.
The question to ask yourself is do you delight with fear and trembling in the hands of a perfectly holy God – gaining confidence in doing His Will because of who He is – or will you tremble with fear when He judges you, “Depart from Me for I never knew you?”