"The fear of God...in the Old Testament...is...worship of God...and...the psalmist tells us that the foundation of this fear or worship, and the only motive for sinners to engage in it and give up themselves unto it, is this, that there is forgiveness with God. Without this no sinner could fear, serve, or worship him."
-John Owen, "An Exposition of Psalm 130". The Works of John Owen, Volume VI. The Banner of Truth Trust: Carlisle, PA. (1668) 2000. p.469.