Who do you share your secrets with? If we have something that we do not want to get spread around, we are very careful who we tell. Our secrets are usually reserved for our closest and most trusted friends. Did you know that God has secrets?
The KJV rendering of Psalm 25:14 reads like this: “The secret of the LORD is with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant.”
What is this secret that God shares with the ones who fear Him? It is not some deep mystery or hidden Bible code. The secret is used as a metaphor. The ESV translates the same verse this way: “The friendship of the LORD is for those who fear him, and he makes known to them his covenant.”
The Hebrew word that is translated as secret (KJV) and friendship (ESV) describes a company of persons in close deliberation, and by implication, intimacy. In other words, this word paints a picture of people that are so close to each other that they trust each other with sensitive information.
The Lord shares His secrets with those who fear Him. This does not speak of fear as in terror, but as in respect or reverence. Remember, the Psalms are poetry, so this is King David’s poetic way of describing the manner in which God thinks of His children. He views us as friends, someone with whom He is eager to share His most intimate thoughts.
Jesus built on this concept when He told the disciples, “No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you (John 15:15).”
The Father shares His secrets with the Son, and the Son shares them with His disciples, which includes us today if we follow Him. If you ever think that God is just a faraway, impersonal spirit, remember the words of David, that God thinks of you as a close friend. Share your secrets with Him, because He wants to share His with you.