“The friendship of the LORD is for those who fear him, and he makes known to them his covenant.” Psalm 25:14
The friendship of the Lord is reserved for those who fear Him. It is not held for the powerful or the “important.” He looks to the humble and contrite. He draws near to the broken and hurting. An alternate translation for this friendship is “secret counsel.” Those who fear the Lord receive His guidance, His personal, secret counsel. We have an audience with the Most High, the One who knows all things.
I think it’s the second part of the verse that has most captivated me. “He makes known to them his covenant.” Anyone can read the words of Scripture. They can see what God has promised to His people. But only the Spirit of God can breathe life into those words. He reveals the depth and truth of His covenant to our hearts. So we know it to our core. There’s a huge difference between knowing an idea or concept and knowing something experientially. I believe it’s that experiential knowledge this verse is referring to.
In dwelling on this, I was drawn to these words in the book of Jeremiah:
“This is the covenant that I will make with Israel after those days, declares the LORD: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people. And no longer shall each one teach his neighbor and each his brother, saying, ‘Know the LORD,’ for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, declares the LORD. For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more” (Jeremiah 31:33-34).
“I will give them one heart and one way, that they may fear me forever, for their own good and the good of their children after them. I will make with them an everlasting covenant, that I will not turn away from doing good to them. And I will put the fear of me in their hearts, that they may not turn from me. I will rejoice in doing them good, and I will plant them in this land in faithfulness, with all my heart and all my soul” (Jeremiah 32:39-41).
This is the covenant He makes known to us. Down to the depths of our soul. His Spirit assures our hearts of the truth and power in these words, of the unfailing faithfulness of our God.