Divine awe has nothing to do with trepidation – by which I mean, not the tremulousness induced by joy, but the trepidation induced by wrath or chastisement or the feeling of desertion by God.
On the contrary, divine awe is accompanied by a tremulous sense of jubilation arising from the prayer of fire that we offer when filled with awe.
This awe is not the fear provoked by wrath or punishment, but it is inspired by wisdom, and is also deserted as ‘the beginning of wisdom’ (Ps. 111:10).
Awe may be divided into three kinds, even though the fathers speak only of two: the awe of beginners, that of the perfect, and that provoked by wrath, which should properly be called trepidation, agitation or contrition.
-St Gregory of Sinai