7Thou, even thou, art to be feared: and who may stand in thy sight when once thou art angry?
8Thou didst cause judgment to be heard from heaven; the earth feared, and was still,
9When God arose to judgment, to save all the meek of the earth. Selah.
The word, "judgment," seems to have a negative connotation to it, but according the the psalmist, it is the judgment of God which saves the meek of the earth. Being negative is not all that bad, especially considering a healthy dose of fear puts us in the proper perspective for viewing God.
In reality, when judgment is heard from heaven, the earth fears and is still. Man can be ever so bold when he stands before a group of people, but who can stand before the storm of God's wrath without quaking in their boots.
Unfortunately, we seem to have lost that perspective of God's character. We love to bask in His love, and indeed, His love is great and profound. However, His love must always be coupled with His righteousness and holiness which, of necessity, brings forth His judgment upon a sinful and wicked generation.
In the end, we begin to understand verse 9 much better. It is the meek of the earth--those who understand and fear before a righteous and holy God--who are saved when God rises forth to judge the living and the dead.
The right and proper fear of God, then, brings us to Him. When we come before Him, knowing that all that we ever are or can be is from God and not from ourselves, we are ready to cast off all self love and cling to Christ, who loved us with a love we cannot comprehend.
For He hath made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him. 2 Corinthians 5:21, KJV
Knowing all of this causes us to look forward, with great anticipation, to the final judgment of God when all wrongs will be made right, and the righteous will live with Him forevermore!
God Bless You,