I was browsing through the scriptures the other day and a certain verse from the Psalms caught my eye, but more than my eye being interested ,my spirit leapt within me. It was one of those precious moments when the Lord through the Holy Spirit spoke to my spirit and the risen Lord in me rose up in praise and worship. As I read this verse over and over the Lord began to form an impression in my spirit that was clear and concise.
Psalm 25:14 came to me that morning in the NASB translation and as I meditated on word in particular rose up and captured my spirit.
The secret of the Lord is for those who fear Him, and He will make them know His covenant. NASB
The word secret began to impress itself on my mind. I determined to follow this word through and in the Hebrew the word is cowd and can be understood to ways. Firstly it can mean 'counsel of familiar friends.' Secondly it has the meaning of 'secret counsel/intimacy with God'.
As I tend to do I turned to the NIV to see how this translation rendered this fascinating word that had captured me.
The LORDconfides in those who fear him; he makes his covenant known to them. NIV
To me the essence of this verse hinges round the words 'who fear him.' It was this thought that send waves of delight through my spirit and on into my mind. I along with many others seek to fear the Lord as we walk in faith through the valleys of despair and doubt with our peace and patience stretched like a rubber band.
But to be rewarded as our faith is twisted, like a towel that is wrung out by opposite twisting, with God sharing his secrets with us. To have the ear of God, speaks of a wonderful communion that Adam must have experienced in the garden before the fall. To be intimate and know God in this close affectionate manner is beyond comprehension.
As I was contemplating this the thought came to me to follow this brilliant Hebrew word through the OT. Here are the results.
I never sat in the company of revelers, never made merry with them; I sat alone because your hand was on me and you had filled me with indignation Jeremiah 15:17
To have the ear of God and to know his secrets requires us to be separate from the thoughts and imaginations of the world for we cannot entertain the values and goals of the world. The more intimate we become with God and our oneness deepens we sense the lonely path that we have been called to follow, but holding high our cross we look to the Lord who has gone before. We do so, for we fear losing the closeness that we have developed with God through Christ, for this is our rest.
But if they had stood in my council, they would have proclaimed my words to my people and would have turned them from their evil ways and from their evil deeds. Jeremiah 23:22
To have the ear of God and to know his secrets requires us to 'stand in God's presence.' Meaning to spend time in God's presence,' one on one' as two 'lovers' who cannot wait to spend time in each others company. This spending time in Gods temple and courts is not a burden that we must ritually perform, but a joyous occasion when ever, for we cannot remain away from the Lord for his love constrains us.
As I worked my way through the above passages I knew that I had been in the presence of the one who redeemed me out of darkness into his marvelous light. I also knew that I had the shore these thoughts with you on CB. Hence another blog was created by Him guided by the ever blessed Holy Spirit.
I was humbled as God spoke to me to realize that before one can call themselves a 'spokesperson' for God they need to:
1/ Fear God with an awe and reverence for his Holiness for without a godly fear we cannot worship him in spirit and truth and hear his voice in praise and worship.
2/ We need to separate our mind from the lusts of the flesh and the pleasures of today's world and be renewed in our mind forming the mind of Christ, for we cannot obey/hear two masters speaking.
3/ We need to spend time in communion with God through the sacrifice of praise and worship as we stand in his courts with a heart of gratitude and thankfulness with open ears.
Prayer Lord continue to teach me your ways and show me your thoughts so that I will never be put to shame for I long to be a witness unto you.
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You quoted Jeremiah twice in your blog and no prophet of God ever suffered emotionally the way Jeremiah did. Everything He said came true but the people continued to do everything He warned them against. They would not listen because they did not fear God.
God inspires you to write in such exclusive ways, wmj! He places common words and phrases that we've heard all of our lives on your heart, and then helps you, through your in-depth research, to extract priceless details of their etymology that more poignantly enrich our understanding of these words and phrases.
Excellent, excellent blog!
As I read your blog, I thought about a glaring characteristic of many people who claim to be a "spokesperson" for God. You can actually sense their lack of love and compassion. I have heard this justified by saying it is because they are speaking the truth but I don't think so, John. I have had to say some very tough things to the people I love the most and the people who love me the most have had to do the same. When they do, their love comes through their words so much that I realize that they hate having to do this to me. They wish they did not need to confront me and if there was any other way, they wouldn't. However, they love me too much not to do it.
If a "spokesperson" discovers that people are always getting defensive, perhaps their audience is not the problem. Maybe, just maybe, they need to take a good hard look at their heart. Are they motivated by love and compassion or are they motivated by self?
"If a "spokesperson" discovers that people are always getting defensive, perhaps their audience is not the problem. Maybe, just maybe, they need to take a good hard look at their heart. Are they motivated by love and compassion or are they motivated by self?"
You've made some very good points in your comment, K , and I especially liked the one above; and you know, as I have studied the writings of different writers over the years in cyberspace, I have come to notice that the "choice of words" they use are either symbolic of their writings having been written in "love and compassion" or from the "motivation of self's opinion."