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Friday, May 1, 2009

The Secret of the Lord

The Secret of the Lord Full Notes

Psa 25:9 The meek will he guide in judgment: and the meek will he teach his way.

The meek-this word means depressed, in mind or circumstance. Those who are needy, humble, poor. The meek He will lead in judgment. What does that mean? In the Hebrew, the word is Mishpat (H4941). God has a courtroom. His throne is where people and their cases appear. He has a divine law, He had it written for our good, so we can know Him, and His Truth. He has a manner of life He declares His children should live and walk in. There are laws and there are commandments. When we violate one, oh, praise God we have an advocate-or intercessor, who mediates this case that has to be brought before the Lord. The Son of God speaks on our behalf, having already borne the punishment for our sin. We ask for His forgiveness, the blood is applied to our sins, and they are cleansed. We need to understand this for when we do, we cannot take sin and disobedience lightly. He is a holy God and will not change or amend His law like man does. It is forever settled in heaven, and cannot be changed. Consider the drastic action He had to take in order to restore hope and the opportunity to fellowship with Him to us. He had to come into this dark, desperate world, wrap His Word in the womb of a virgin, and be born, and live a sinless life, and be rejected, and slaughtered. Consider the brutality of His death on the cross and you see a glimpse of the hatred of God for sin. Lord, grant us Your holy fear, for it is by the fear of the Lord men depart from evil.

Remember He has the power and the right to cast us all into an eternal hell where the suffering never ends, where there is no light or love. It's His mercy and grace and His willingness to forgive our offenses, our sins, because of His SON. It is not because of anything good in us-there is nothing good in us but HIM. It's all because of HIS goodness, HIS SON, that we have hope. See how understanding the truth can make you feel so small, and insignificant, so unworthy? Yet we stand on the fact He made us accepted in His Beloved Son. He granted us an entrance-He did it because He loves us and wants to have a personal relationship with us. He wants to make us HIS, to share His wonders with us, His heart, His life. Oh, how blessed we are when we begin by the Holy Ghost to see such marvelous truth.

It's the meek, those who are poor and needy, depressed in their minds, in their situations, and are humble not arrogant, these are folks that are teachable. He will instruct expertly these people. He will show them the road they must travel. He will walk this road with them-they will never be alone for He is everywhere, and He knows all things. He never leaves His children alone for the enemy would destroy us without His divine protection. All the ways of the Lord are mercy, kindness, trustworthy. He's made promises, and His testimony or witness to us is His Word, and His Spirit to help us understand His Word and make it real to our heart and life. Oh, Lord, on account of Your Holy Name, Your great NAME, forgive, put away my iniquity. It is so great-everything in me wants to rebel against Your truth, and Your righteousness. That in me wants its own way and You have shown me that will lead to death. To walk after the desires and wishes of myself will lead nowhere but to hell.

Psa 25:12 What man is he that feareth the LORD? him shall he teach in the way that he shall choose.
Psa 25:13 His soul shall dwell at ease; and his seed shall inherit the earth.
Psa 25:14 The secret of the LORD is with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant.
Psa 25:15 Mine eyes are ever toward the LORD; for he shall pluck my feet out of the net.

Those who have a reverence for the Lord, who fear to break His commands, who walk lightly and humbly before Him, those He will teach however He sees fit. He is the Teacher, we, the students. We know nor can have nothing except we receive it from above. We can rest in His promises, hold to them, for ourselves and our children.

I want to deal a moment here on this secret of the Lord mentioned in verse 14. I have so much to learn, but I saw something in this Scripture that thrilled my heart. That word 'secret' (H5475) means intimacy, and inward secret counsel the Lord gives His own. It's an intimate friendship, Those who fear Him will not take lightly His Word. They might struggle and make mistakes, but they are broken when He convicts them, they sorrow over their failures and seek to HIM and HIS strength to live this life He requires-it's HIS life. We can't fake it. We can't even accurately imitate it. We must yield to it and allow HIS life to flow through us, to be lived in us by His Spirit. Amen? When it is HIM, it is genuine.

The Amplified Bible puts it this way:
Psa 25:14 The secret [of the sweet, satisfying companionship] of the Lord have they who fear (revere and worship) Him, and He will show them His covenant and reveal to them its [deep, inner] meaning. [John 7:17; 15:15.]


Another translation, the Concordant Literal Version, very close to the original Hebrew puts it this way:

Psa 25:14 The intimacy of Yahweh is for those fearing Him, And His covenant, to give them knowledge.

Think about what this is saying very carefully. Turn it over in your mind. Those who reverence the Lord, He will commune or talk with on a personal, inward level. It's secret communication between God and man or woman. I have experienced this and there is nothing like it on earth. There is no voice like His. You could be having the worst day ever and one word from Him can melt the hurt, or the anger and renew hope and strength. His Word creates life, it creates understanding, and peace, and courage to continue. It's not our strength and merit we stand in, it's HIS. Those who fear Him, He will commune with, and He will make them to understand and know the reality of His covenant. What is a covenant? It's an agreement between two people. God is so much superior to us, and He has made promises to us. He has granted us certain privileges and promises. These are contingent, or dependent, on our trusting and obeying Him. He will help those who fear Him to understand these deep truths. We can't know them any other way, except He make it known to us.

Because of this promise, this secret, personal relationship we can have with God, our focus, our eyes must be always toward HIM and away from self. To look at self is to despair and feel sick because we are so far beneath what He is. He is perfectly lovely, perfectly Holy, perfectly righteous, and we are not. Yet, in His gracious, loving compassion, those who repent, He imputes, or grants His righteousness to their account. Then they stand on His finished work at Calvary, not their own efforts to be right. Praise the Lord! What a glorious truth! Oh, yes, look away from yourself and your failures, and look to HIM. Look to His perfection! Look to His promises that cannot fail! Look away from yourself for that is all you can do is fail! Oh, He will bring me out of the trap of the enemy. That net that he spreads to snare God's children, the net of being caught up in our own selves, only He can bring us out!

Oh, He says in this Scripture, Turn to me, and have mercy on me, for I am desolate and afflicted. I am lonely, I'm in a very lonely, hard place. I'm needy, I'm nothing, I'm under such pressure from mental battles, from physical or financial, or spiritual circumstances. My heart is full of anguish, there is so much distress and tribulation in my mind, and it keeps growing. Bring me out of this distress and trouble oh, Lord!

Psa 25:18 Look upon mine affliction and my pain; and forgive all my sins.
Psa 25:19 Consider mine enemies; for they are many; and they hate me with cruel hatred.
Psa 25:20 O keep my soul, and deliver me: let me not be ashamed; for I put my trust in thee.
Psa 25:21 Let integrity and uprightness preserve me; for I wait on thee.

Look and see Lord, what I'm going through, and the sorrow and misery that grieves my heart. I hurt, Lord. I see my sin, I see the results of my sin, and it grieves me. I made so many mistakes and I don't know how to fix them, Father. I want to live for You, and You know that I've been fighting not only myself but the enemy of my soul and he's smarter than me, Lord but not You. I fell into his net. Only You can get me out and I'm looking to You to bring me out of here-I can get out no other way. I trust in You and Your promises Lord that You'd never leave me or forsake me. Rescue me, and let me no longer be ashamed over these failures and mistakes and sins, Lord. My trust is in you, I can't trust anyone or anything else, especially myself. I trust Your complete righteousness to keep me, Lord. I expect and wait for Your promised deliverance. You said many are the afflictions of the righteous, but You, Oh, Lord, rescue us out of them all. You didn't say the afflictions were all caused by the enemy. Our self life is one of our worst enemies and that is so personal, but You are God and You never lose. You can't be defeated and You are able to subdue our iniquities, and make us what You wish us to be! Glory to Your Holy Name, my Precious Savior, Lord of Glory! Hallelujah!

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