Suggested Reading: Psalm 25:12-15
The one who fears God is not perfect. David actually makes this clear in the previous verse where he prays that God will forgive his iniquity although it is great. Who then is the one who fears God? It is someone who, despite all his weaknesses, has a sincere desire to obey God. He does not view sin cheaply, but also knows that only with God is there forgiveness from sin.
David then continues to list the promises for such a person:
- God will instruct him in the way chosen for him. He will have purpose in life. He will follow that purpose with single-hearted devotion. He will not wander aimless through life chasing the one useless goal after the other, only to find that the last goal did not bring the satisfaction it promised. And so on he goes to another futile pursuit. Those who fear God will know God as their personal Guide. I experienced this in my life. The guidance isn’t always what I would like it to be, but in retrospect it has always filled me with awe at how wise that guidance was. He doesn’t speak to me through thunder from heaven either. Sometimes He just shuts doors in my face and opens another door, showing me a better way. This better way may not always feel right and easy. But I am learning to trust Him more and more as He proves faithful in His guidance. He keeps us from wasting our time on things that do not contribute to our spiritual well-being and development.
- Those who fear God will spend their days in prosperity. For those who love money, the word “prosperity” immediately conjures up images of grandiosity and self-importance. It carries the promise of big houses, expensive cars and powerful positions in life. But the original Hebrew word used here is the word, “tôb” which does not refer solely to the material things of this passing world. It is a word which says much more than that. It refers to a person spending his days living a good, pleasant and agreeable life. It alludes to a life lived with good understanding and living ethically upright. The word does carry some allusion to material prosperity, but is so much richer in meaning. To think of the word as referring only to material prosperity, will rob this verse of its deep and rich promise. It is a word that carries with it a promise of contentment –for that is true prosperity. One can have everything the heart desires and still be restless. On the other hand, one can have very little and be at complete peace with oneself and others. Paul wrote to the Philippians that he has learnt the secret to being content whether he had much or whether he had a little. To have peace that is not dependent on the stock markets and earthly possessions, is a peace that is way above the level of this earth. That is the true prosperity promised here. Charles Spurgeon wrote that it is not abundance but contentment that allows us to truly live at ease.
- These promises will extend also to the children of those who fear God. They too, get to enjoy the blessings God showers on the parents.
- God takes them into His confidence: God will share with them great and unsearchable things that was previously unknown. He calls them His friends, for who shares secrets with someone not considered a friend? This is a marvellous promise –having the all-knowing, all-wise, Creator of heaven and earth confiding in a human being who is far from perfect. But that is part of the amazingly generous character of this God we love so dearly. He has many secrets to share, but an outstanding one is the “Covenant.” That is the Covenant sealed in the blood of His own Son –Jesus Christ. It is an eternal Covenant. In this Covenant, salvation of mankind from their sins is secured. By His mercy, this Covenant is revealed in the Gospel of Jesus Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit.
David contemplates all these things and then says that his eyes are always on God. It reminds me of the words written in the book of Hebrews, “Fix your eyes on Jesus…” He says he keeps his eyes on God since He is the only one who can keep him from the snares in life. Only with God will he find safety from the evil in this world.