What’s the Secret?

Psalm 25:14


Photo by saeed karimi / Unsplash

The secret of Yahweh is for those who fear Him, And He will make them know His covenant.

Psalm 25:14, LSB

In the early 2000s, there was a big hype about the book The Secret. They had an intro video with a countdown building up to the release date. Oprah Winfrey and other celebrities were talking about it and wondering what it was all about. We all like to know secrets. Some English versions of the Bible translate the word “Secret” in this text as friendship or counsel, which is one of the meanings. Still, some will place the word secret as a descriptor prior also. Let’s ponder the secret, though. God desires for us to hold a level of fear toward Him because it reflects our understanding of His awesome nature. Yes, He wants us to love Him and wants us to be able to come to Him, but too often we treat our God like the Buddy Jesus portrayed in the 1999 film Dogma that entered common circles with the action figure and bobblehead. We are to be reminded that God is Holy, and we should always treat Him as such. When we place God in His rightful place in our lives, He reveals to us His awesome love and grace. This is why Luther reminded us often in the Small Catechism to fear and love God. In our fear we not only show our love for Him, but we can fully know His love for us. This is where we may find our peace.

Let us pray. I thank you, my heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, your dear Son, that you have kept me this night from all harm and danger, and I ask you to protect me this day also from sin and every evil, that in all I do today, I may please you. For into your hands, I commend myself, my body and soul, and all that is mine. Let your holy angel watch over me, that the wicked foe have no power over me. Amen.

.md\:h-10.md\:max-w-\[25rem\].lg\:h-\[3\.125rem\] { height: 6rem; }