Words from the Heart for Sunday February 19th, 2017
The Lord confides in those who fear him; he makes his covenant known to them.
Psalm 25:14 (NIV)
The Lord Confides
We only tell our secrets to those we trust. We hear about “insiders” who receive information not available to others. Who would the Lord trust with His secrets? The answer: those who fear the Lord! His covenant or agreement contains so much. He will share His heart with those who have made the commitment to Him.
Did you know that the government of Canada has a booklet it publishes, both online and as a hardcopy, which will give you plenty of information about the increasing number of scams that float around the worldwide web and are found in print publications everywhere? The booklet is called The Little Black Book of Scams and it aims to increase your awareness of the many types of fraud that target Canadians. It also offers some easy steps you can take to protect yourself and avoid falling victim to fraud. This booklet debunks common myths about scams, provides helpful tips and questions to ask yourself, and contact information for reporting a scam to the correct authority. Originally developed by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, the Canadian version is available on the Canadian Competition Bureau website.
We don’t share our deepest darkest secrets with just anybody. If we are going to confide in someone, it has to be someone that we trust implicitly – a spouse, a parent, a close friend. We share with that person our fears, failures, dreams, hopes, desires. There is an interesting verse in Psalm 25 that speaks of someone confiding in another, and it might surprise you who is doing the confiding. Psalm 25:14 says “The Lord confides in those who fear him; he makes his covenant known to them.” Notice here that it is the Lord who is confiding in those who fear Him. The word fear here has the implication of trusting. David says that the Lord God confides in those who trust in Him, who have put their faith in Him, who love Him. And what does God share in this close relationship? He tells us about His covenant love for us. What a beautiful picture. When we hear the Gospel and someone shares with us how much God loves us, and then we respond to that in faith, God reveals more of Himself to us. If you are a follower of Jesus Christ, and He has transformed your life by His grace, you can count on Him revealing more of His grace, more of His love. When we are brought into a relationship with God through faith in Jesus Christ, it is just the beginning of a lifelong journey of God sharing His love with us.
These have been words from the heart.