We should be careful to not interpret the word “fear” as meaning “terror.” The last thing that God wants to do is scare us away. Rather, we should understand the word as meaning “respect.” The psalmist suggests that we would do well to praise God for God’s wonderful deeds, one of the greatest of which is the creation of the universe, nowadays a very popular subject among physicists. Scientists study the works of the Lord, filling in panel after panel of whiteboard and blackboard with equations by which they try to rationalize what God has done, not respecting or even acknowledging who has done it!
The psalmist approaches God’s work from a far less complicated point of view: respect the Creator, acknowledge God as such, and all concerning God’s work will fall into place in our lives.
God is to be praised. Acknowledging the works of God as God’s work is the best place to begin learning about it and its place in our lives.
God is great, God is good. Let us thank God for God's great and wonderful works among us. Amen. — AEA