Psalm 25:14 (TLB) Friendship with God is reserved for those who reverence him. With them alone he shares the secrets of his promises.
Everyone has a best friend. The one who you share everything with. They know the deepest part of you and yet still love you. Sharing all the highlights and low levels of life yet still the friendship is enduring. The person who you confide in trusting with confidence that they will guard your heart. To confide means to impart secrets trustfully. To discuss private matters or problems. It is to have faith in someone. God wants to be that person. The awful yet honest truth is that people will let us down. They are not capable of meeting our full expectation due to the inherent imperfect nature. It is not their fault. In fact, I think it may actually be part of God’s Plan.
It is important to have relationships with other people. The Lord promotes fellowship among believers. In Hebrews 10:25, it says, “not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another.” It is vital to the Body of Christ to engage with one another, build each other up, become friends, and love one another. However, it is of utmost important that our relationship with God is a friendship first. Friendship with God is reserved for those who reverence Him. This attitude of deep respect tinged with awe must become an outward manifestation. A bond of love, trust and dependency more than that imparted to people. God wants to be our friend.
With them alone he shares the secrets of his promises.
God wants to confide in us. Stop and think about that for a minute. If our girlfriend calls saying they have something to tell us in a voice tinged with juiciness – you cannot wait to hear it. You begin to hang on every word. Knowing you are about to get some prime intel, it is unacceptable to delay the conversation but jump right into it. If it is preceded by the words, “Girl – you cannot tell anyone.” Oh boy, this is going to be good. You are now hanging on every word. What if we hang on God’s every word? What if I told you God STILL speaks to people today? What if I told you that He desires to be friends with you? He has secrets to share with you and only you. God wants to confide in us.
Daniel 2:20-23 (ESV) Daniel answered and said: “Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, to whom belong wisdom and might. He changes times and seasons; he removes kings and sets up kings; he gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding; he reveals deep and hidden things; he knows what is in the darkness, and the light dwells with him. To you, O God of my fathers, I give thanks and praise, for you have given me wisdom and might, and have now made known to me what we asked of you, for you have made known to us the king’s matter.”
Daniel had a friendship with God. He conversed with the Lord and God confided in him deep and hidden things. I believe this type of relationship is available for every believer. I don’t think everyone seeks God on this level. Psalm 25:14 hints that God confides in those who reverence him. Daniel is praising God because when he asked the Lord to interpret the king’s dream – God gave him the interpretation that would save and deliver those who failed and give him favor with the king. In his response to God, we see the very essence of Daniel’s reverence for God. He recognizes the Sovereignty of God – “Blessed be the name of God forever and ever to whom belong wisdom and might.” He sees God’s Authority not just in the heavens but also on the earth – “He changes times and seasons; he removes kings and sets up kings; he gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding.” Daniel knows that God gives revelation to those who seek Him and “he reveals deep and hidden things; he knows what is in the darkness, and the light dwells with him.” Finally, the most awesome for us, he understands and believes in God’s Faithfulness – “To you, O God of my fathers, I give thanks and praise, for you have given me wisdom and might, and have now made known to me what we asked of you, for you have made known to us the king’s matter.” It is important to note that this exchange was before Daniel took the interpretation to the king. Daniel had complete confidence in God. Do you?
Jeremiah 33:2-3 (ESV) “Thus says the Lord who made the earth, the Lord who formed it to establish it—the Lord is his name: Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.
Call to me and I will answer you. Prayer is more than our petition to the Lord. It is an opportunity to hear God speak to us. God still speaks to us today. He talks to us through His Word. His Spirit shows us God’s Deepest Secrets (I Corinthians 2:9-10) However, it is our friendship with God that allows us to hear him. Audibly. Clearly. Distinctly. Familiarity with His Voice comes by Spirit and Truth. Worship is born of the two. However, there is a level of intimacy with the Lord to be pursued by us that includes hearing His Voice. When God speaks to us, it is important to have faith and trust in His Word. I believe God speaks to people all the time but is quickly rebuffed by common sense rather than received with confidence. We call to God. We must also listen as it says, “I will answer you.” Are you listening today? Like when the friend calls with something important to tell you or when they come to you in hushed voice to share a guarded secret? That’s the kind of friendship God desires with you. Intimacy. Transparency. He wants to share His Secrets with you today and every day.
Psalm 27:7-8 (NLT) Hear me as I pray, O Lord. Be merciful and answer me! My heart has heard you say, “Come and talk with me.” And my heart responds, “Lord, I am coming.”
Revelation 3:20 (NLT) “Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends.”
Our prayer life changes completely when it is entered into as an intimate conversation as that with a close friend. To speak to the Lord and expect Him to talk back to us creates a next level relationship that will change our life for the better. Do you ever talk to yourself? I do all the time. I will ask myself a question and then go on to provide a response. I encourage myself sometimes. I berate myself many times. In the beginning, our conversation with the Lord may seem one-sided. He is invisible for crying out loud. You cannot see, smell, or feel Him but you can hear Him. Yes, God speaks through His Word. The Holy Spirit works in us to recognize God. However, we must listen for Him and expect to get a response. Faith is a reasonable expectation. As believers, we have the opportunity to live in conversation with the Living God as close and intimate friends. Our heart must respond, “I am coming!” We must trust the Voice of God rather than refuting it as folly. He is speaking to you and me today. We must be careful to listen. God wants to share all His Secrets with you!
Amos 3:7 (NLT) Indeed, the Sovereign Lord never does anything until he reveals his plans to his servants the prophets.