Fear in reference to the Lord can be viewed as honor and reverence. As we honor and revere the Lord in our highest sensing we can know the clean freshness of being with the Lord. This is our choice. If instead we default to bowing down before the void described as the prince of this world we will consequently know a muddy and putrid experience that no shower can ever clean. Bowing down to being depressed or discouraged by what is lacking in our worlds is sign we are defaulting. Giving thanks for what is present in our lives is lifting up our heads and giving honor and reverence to that which encourages and blesses. Again the choice is ours.
The God of our salvation is always providing salvation. As we recognize and acknowledge this our God is exalted. And with that we are too!
Our strength is known when our heart is oriented in a way that is honest and honoring of that which is of God. Honoring the decency of God brings enrichment to oneself as we share the character of God. As we do so our way is made perfect.
As we stay upright we can act with wisdom knowing what is right and what is wrong. Here we can see things that may arise in ourselves that are of impropriety. And we can see it for the unworthiness that it is and choose rightly. Each us of is in the world to make straight the paths of the Lord. How that is done first is through ourselves without the need to point any fingers.