The thing that stands out to me about reverence in this passage is how much deeper their respect for God's Word was than ours seems to be today. We seem to have replaced reverence with a "God is my buddy" kind of viewpoint these days. Not to say that God isn't our friend -- in fact, that's quite a Biblical concept within context. What I mean is that, in our politically correct society, we seem to want to think about God's forgiveness, love, etc. but totally gloss over His hatred of sin, His justice, and His punishment. And I think -- no, I KNOW that reverence is important. It's a concept that God keeps bringing across my path recently. A couple of weeks ago I memorized Proverbs 1:7 - "Knowledge begins with respect for the Lord, but fools hate wisdom and discipline." Hmm ... makes ya think that respecting God is pretty foundational. One simple idea as to how to keep in the mindset of reverence? Reading the Bible regularly. The amazing things it says and reveals about God are a constant reminder of how big and awesome he is and how tiny we are. Coming from that perspective (there's the "p" word again!!), we can experience TRUE JOY -- the kind of joy that comes from recognizing who God is, who we are, what we deserve, and what we are getting instead of what we deserve because of salvation through Christ.
Psalm 112:1 - "Happy are those who respect the Lord."
Proverbs 19:23 - "Those who respect the Lord will live and be satisfied, unbothered by trouble."
Psalm 128:1- "Happy are those who respect the Lord and obey him."