The Secret Of The Lord

October 18, 2012

The Secret Of The Lord

      “The secret of the LORD is with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant” (Psalm 25:14).

Some truths that a faithful believer knows are incomprehensible for unbelievers, and even for believers who are not in communion with God.  I Corinthians 2:14 says, “But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.”  The unsaved don’t even look for such truths, because for them they are foolishness.  The believer, who isn’t in a close relationship with God, lacks spiritual discernment and grieves the Holy Spirit by his indifference.  “And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption (Ephesians 4:30).

The words “secret of the Lord” are just one word in the Hebrew and it means something given in secret.  They aren’t secrets that God gives to his saints as a special favor.  It is intimate knowledge that we have by virtue of having spent time with him.  We get to know the nature of God.  That includes knowledge of how he thinks and how he works.  I Corinthians  2:16 says that we can have the mind of Christ.  “For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.”

To have communion with God means to spend time with him.  The more time we spend with a person the better we get to know him or her.  It is the same with God.  We spend time with God by reading, studying, and meditating on the Bible.  We need to escape from the bustle of the world around us so we can concentrate on the words of Scripture.  That means we need to have time set aside each day for doing it.  For many, the first hours of the day are best.

Time spent with God also includes prayer.  When born again Christians talk about prayer they don’t mean reading or reciting prayers learned by memory.  That is mechanical and impersonal.  For us, prayer is talking with God.  We express our thoughts; we pour out our heart to him.  We tell him how we feel.  We tell him what we need, or at least what we think we need.  Prayer should be a daily communion with God.  It’s good to talk to him in the morning and tell him what we plan to do during the day.  We can ask him to show us his will and request his help in doing it.

There is an intimacy in prayer.  Sometimes we share with God things that are too personal to even share with our closest friends and loved ones.  At times we have to confess to God that we have had unkind and immoral thoughts. Sometimes our prayer is expressed in the words of Scripture such as “Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: and see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting” (Psalms 139:23-24).   We would be ashamed to tell others the wicked thoughts have passed through our minds.  God gives his secrets to us and we can share our secrets with him.  That’s an intimate relationship.

Our text says that the secret of the Lord is with those that fear him.  The word “fear” in this context means a respect or reverence for God.  It is a desire to do everything in the way that will be most pleasing to him.  It doesn’t mean a fear of punishment.  If there is a fear, it is that of failing him or bringing shame and disgrace upon his name.  Proverbs 3:32 says something similar.  “For the froward is abomination to the LORD: but his secret is with the righteous.”  The unrighteous feel guilty, and for that reason, they have no desire to spend time with God.  Spending time with God makes us more righteous.  John 16:8 says “And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment.”

A close relationship with God gives us inner strength which we need in times of adversity.  II Corinthians 1:3-4 says “Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;   Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.”  When God gives adversity to his people, he also gives an added measure of his grace so they can bear it.  II Corinthians 9:8 promises that.  “And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work.”

In times of affliction God’s people don’t curse him.  To the contrary, they trust him.  Instead of falling into depression they claim his promises; promises like the one found in Isaiah 26:3. “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.”

Our friends sometimes fail us and may even turn against us, but God never will.  We need a close relationship with God.  Don’t neglect to spent time with him.


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