The Secret of the Lord (Part 1) by Pastor Carl W. Mann, II
Psalm 25:14 (KJV) “The secret of the LORD is with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant.”
I am NOT a victim! In Christ, and through Christ, I am a victor! Nonetheless, I recall having a desire to be a part of the “in crowd” since I first attended school as a child. It did not take much time before I noticed that some people seemed to be more popular than others. I noticed that those who were part of the “in crowd” were received more readily by the “popular ones” than those who were not part of that select group. After pursuing, and seeking, opportunities to be “accepted,” I resigned myself to the fact that I would never be a part of the “in crowd.”
When I became aware that God is no respecter of persons, that is, He does not treat people differently based upon their social background, personality, economic status, educational accomplishments, or breeding, I discovered that it was easier to follow Him since He loved me just as much as any other human! BUT, I discovered through His Word and through experience that God has an “in crowd!”
David, the Psalmist, came to understand that God has an “in crowd;” therefore, he wrote, “God-friendship is for God-worshippers. They are the ones He confides in” (Message Version).
When I researched the Hebrew word for “secret,” as presented in today’s Scripture, I discovered the following: a session, that is, company of persons (in close deliberation); by implication intimacy, consultation, a secret: —assembly, counsel, inward, secret (counsel). (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible)
As my walk with God developed, I discovered there were things that God shared with me through His Word, and personal time with Him, that others did not know or had not discovered. While I knew we had studied the same Scriptures, attended the same worship services, and had a personal relationship with the Father through Jesus Christ, His Son, there were things that the Lord shared with me that they had not heard, and/or could not understand. Being aware that I am not particularly more intellectually brilliant than these individuals, I could not comprehend why they did not know these things, or more importantly, why they did not seem to be interested in discussing what God had shared!
It was only after the Lord shared more insight into today’s Scripture and other Scriptures, that I came to understand that God has an “in crowd” that He is willing to expand for those who will set Him above everything, and everyone else and that He can “trust.”
Now, if I place myself into your position – reading this blog for the first time and not really knowing me – it would be easy to understand why you might think, “Hmm! Does this guy think he is something special? Does he think God loves Him more than me? Does he think he is more spiritually in tune with God than I?” Let me put your mind at rest, I do NOT think any such things; and, I do NOT know why God would have an “in crowd,” and I do NOT know why God would allow me to be a part of such! Nonetheless, I will not be ashamed to state that God does have an “in crowd,” and that I am privileged to be a part of it! By the way, so could you, IF….!
While your mind and heart might be racing as you attempt to dissect these statements, it is only reasonable to expect that Scripture would bear light on the premise that God has an “in crowd.”
The Old Testament gives the first glimmer of spiritual light on this subject…
Psalm 34:7 (KJV)“The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them.”
Who does the “angel of the LORD” “encamp” with and “delivereth”? It is with those that “fear the LORD!” I suppose one could ascertain that this Scripture is suggesting that God has an “in crowd.”
“Dwelleth” means to “pitch a tent” with! I don’t know about you, but I would NOT choose to go camping with anyone that I do not desire to spend quality time with, IF I have a choice! Not only do we have a choice, but God has the authority to “choose” whom He will bless and spend quality time with!
Genesis 12:1-3 (KJV) “Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee: And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.”
Exodus 33:19 (KJV) “And he said, I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the LORD before thee; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will shew mercy on whom I will shew mercy” (Emphasis Mine).
It is not a “stretch” to accept the principle that God has an “in crowd,” when we consider…
Matthew 17:1 (KJV)“And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart,” (Emphasis Mine)
There are three occasions recorded in the Gospels wherein Jesus took Peter, James, and John “apart” from the other Disciples to share His “Secret” times…
- Raising the Daughter of Jairus – Mark 5:35-43
- Mount of Transfiguration – Matthew 17:1-13
- Garden of Gethsemane – Matthew 26:36-46
While there are only three references in the Gospels, we have substantive reason to ascertain that Jesus took His “in crowd” with Him many special times. In these times, He was made manifest the principle of Divine “Election” and “Selection.” When we examine these three Disciples, we discover they all possessed the “Power of Faith” IN, and the “Power of Personal Attachment” TO Jesus Christ! I believe these are necessary characteristics of those who are in God’s “in crowd.”
As we review the Hebrew word for “secret” we find another interesting aspect. It means to “sit down together; to settle, to consult.” Wow! Did you catch that? If I retranslate today’s Scripture into its original meaning, it would potentially read, “The LORD will pitch His tent and sit down with those who fear Him and desire to be with Him. He will not be in a hurry. In fact, He will stay as long as they desire so He can answer their questions and ultimately reveal His deepest desires.”
In case one might think this premise is preposterous, perhaps the following Scriptures will remove the skepticism…
2 Corinthians 6:16-18 (KJV) “And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty” (Emphasis Mine).
Revelation 21:3 (KJV) “And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God” (Emphasis Mine).
We will consider the “Secret of the LORD” more specifically next week. Meanwhile, be mindful that God has an “in crowd,” and it is reserved for those who “fear him!”