The secret of the Lord is with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant.     Psalm 25:14

This verse is a portion of the theme of this entire chapter, God’s guidance. The covenant God made with Israel was written on tablets of stone and laid up within the Ark of the Covenant. This verse has something for us too. Notice the word “secret.” Secret means something that is studiously concealed. It is something that is unknown because we have not taken the time to discover it. We are to seek out the great secrets of the Lord, which are found in the Bible. The way of salvation is not one of those secrets because it is plainly found throughout the pages of Scripture, but there are some things that will only be found through diligent study, and God’s guidance is one of them.

We know that God delights in leading His children. Look back at His leading of the Israelites with a fiery, cloudy pillar. His leading then was as it is today:

  • Clear – watch and see if it moved; then follow.
  • Continuous – it was a cloud/pillar day and night.
  • Conspicuous – even a child could follow the Lord.

We do not have such a visual pillar today, but still God leads and guides, although many Christians lack a clear sense of divine leading in their lives. What is the greatest hindrance to a continual leading in our lives? Could it be the lack of a daily quiet time with God? How can God speak to us if we do not make ourselves available and take the time to read, study, and meditate on His Word?

Gwen and I met when we were only 14 years old, but as our relationship grew, we came to a point that we both voiced a sincere desire to know God’s guidance in our lives. This became a prayer of ours over the course of the last 47years. We both love that great hymn “Guide Me, Oh Thou Great Jehovah.”

Guide me, O Thou great Jehovah,
Pilgrim through this barren land;
I am weak, but Thou art mighty,
Hold me with Thy pow’rful hand.
Bread of heaven, Bread of heaven,
Feed me till I want no more;
Feed me till I want no more

Allow me to share with you three truths about God’s guidance in living out your life as His follower.

First, remember that God is the Answer for every situation that we face in life. The Word of God is powerful and alive to help guide our lives, both in the big decisions and the little decisions. You can actually train your mind to remember this at the beginning of the problem and not at the end. Abraham Lincoln said, “I have often been driven to God by the overwhelming sense that I had nowhere else to go.” Learn beyond Lincoln that God is the first One to go to when you need guidance.

Second, remember that God desires to guide you even more than you desire His guidance. Life is full of spiritual freedoms to make our own choices; God will not force you to be “with” Him as the verse says. He actually is “with them” that are in awe of Him. This is the kind of relational respect that draws you to God first and it comes as He reveals Himself from day to day. This is what makes our relationship with God so intimate. It is not just being in awe of God, but it is an adoring awe. As you seek God and get your heart aligned with His will, He will begin to bless you with His presence first and then with His power.

Thirdly, remember that guidance and intimacy with God may not always seem like a blessing at first. Faith is involved here. As you turn loose of your life, you give God control. As He leads you, it is not always obvious what He is doing, but rest assured that He knows best and He will do what is best for us, if we have a submissive heart. I believe Abraham and Moses’ lives are testimonies of this growing intimacy, moving from questions to absolute trust.

Picture it. Jesus is walking along a village street and the crowd around Him is thick. He is shoulder-to-shoulder with people. They are pressing Him from every side. He continues to walk and move among the masses of people. But one person touched, not Jesus, but the hem of His robe. It was a woman who desired that Jesus heal her. What was her attitude in that moment when she was called out from the many people to a one-on-one confrontation? “…she was not hid, she came trembling….” She was no longer hiding like Adam and Eve, but she was the focus of God’s attention. And she trembled. Guess what “tremble” means?

The secret of the Lord is with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant. – Psalm 25:14

To tremble like she did is to shake with fear and awe.

Would you like to have God’s guidance in your life? Then love His company in complete fear and respect. Humility plays a huge part in this desire, because we know that we do not deserve any good thing from God. Regardless of that, God still desires to guide us to “the secret of the Lord.”

Of course, you love God, but do you also respect Him and cry with Isaiah, “Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts”? As you strive to live out Psalm 25:14, your trust in Him will grow and bring you, not only His presence, but also His guidance into the abundant life.