Who gets to see our real selves? To whom do we reveal our hearts and minds? To those who love us. Those who show that they truly want to know us as we are. These are the ones we feel comfortable enough with to share secrets.
God is the same. He has revealed Himself to everyone through His creation, so that we see His eternal power and Godhead (Romans 1:19&20). But the secret of the Lord is with them that fear Him (Psalm 25:14). He shares secrets; He reveals Himself in depth to those of us who love Him and show that we want to know Him. Tozer put it like this: “He waits to show Himself in ravishing fullness to the humble of soul and the pure of heart.”
Grab your Bible, and let’s explore this together out of Deuteronomy 17:18-20…
This is God’s instruction for when Israel would set up a king. Paul wrote that the Old Testament things took place and are recorded to be our example (1 Corinthians 10:11), so let’s take God’s instruction to Israel’s kings for ourselves. What does this mean to us? How can this help you and me be women with whom God shares His secrets?
Verse 18 – a copy of the law in a book. We have it! We don’t have to hand-copy it. It’s mass printed for us into any translation or paraphrase we care to read. Now that we have a copy of God’s Word, what comes next?
Verse 19 – we’re to have it with us. Where is your Bible, right now? And now that we have it with us, what are we to do with it?
Verse 19 – read in it ALL the days our life! Every day Bible reading. We call our everyday Bible reading by a variety of titles…daily devotions, our quiet time, etc. What is it for you? Whatever we call it, every day God wants us to snuggle in with Him and His Word. Why? What’s the purpose?
Verse 19 – so we’ll learn to fear the Lord. Proverbs 1:7 says that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. The word fear here means “not simple fear but reverence and awe whereby we recognize the Person and power of God and render Him proper respect which includes submission; that we so honor Him as to not sin against Him” (Strong’s Dictionary).
This definition of fear is borne out with the rest of this verse 19 – we are to read in God’s Word every day that we may learn to fear Him, to keep and do His will, His law.
James writes of this in his book, chapter 1:22-25. These are fascinating verses. Check this out…
V22 “But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. V23 For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: V24 For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. V25 But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.”
Okay, let’s dig in. And hold on. Verse 23 speaks of a man checking himself out in a mirror. “Lookin’ good,” he says to himself, “I’m outta here.” And he takes off, promptly forgetting what he saw in the reflection.
Verse 25 has reference to how a woman looks at herself in a mirror. What we see in the reflection stays with us. It lingers in our minds; gets into our hearts; affects us. It stays with us. Right? See the connection here? We are to look into the Word of God as women look into a mirror, lingering, keeping it within our hearts, allowing it to affect our lives.
Now back to Deuteronomy 17… “Keep and do, so as not to sin against God.”
For this we are to read the Bible daily: To gain the proper fear and awe and respect for the Person and power of God, not forgetting, but doing His will, so as not to sin against Him.
Verse 20 – more reasons to daily read the Word of God. To stay humble; to avoid the treacherous pitfall of pride. Pride is the snare of arrogance and haughtiness; of a lifted-up heart against our fellows, our brothers and sisters, and our God. We are to stay humble, willing to receive instruction from God’s Word, and fellow saints.
Verse 20 gives us a final reason to read God’s Word daily – to not turn aside from His will, from His commandments. Reading daily, daily time in His Word helps keep us on the narrow path, not turning to the right or left. Keeping us from legalism like the Pharisees. Keeping us from liberalism wherein God’s Word means nothing anymore because we’re “under grace” not the law.
“Have I not commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest” (Joshua 1:9). Many of us quote this verse and are strengthened by its promise. But it is preceded by verse 8. Let’s look at that verse together. “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.”
Meditate in God’s Word day and night. Obey what’s written there. THEN we’ll prosper, and success, the only time this word is in the King James, will follow, and God is with us wherever we go, as the promise in verse 9 states.
When we love the Lord and seek Him daily in His Word, He reveals Himself to us in ravishing fullness – for the secret of the Lord is with them that fear Him.