The secret of the LORD is with them that fear him; and he will show them his covenant.
There are commentators who refer this verse, not to the external orderings of God's providence, but to the mental assurance which God gives those that fear Him, of the truth of His Word, and the adequacy of the religion it reveals, to satisfy the wants of the soul. This mental assurance, wrought into the soul by God Himself, is thought by some to be the secret of the Lord here intended. The Saviour is believed to refer to this secret assurance in the words, "If any man will do His will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God" (John 7:17). The Jews had denied the Divine reality of His miracles, and also that the Messianic prophecies had been verified in Him. "Very well," answers our Lord, "I propose to you another means of testing My claim to be your Messiah and Saviour. Practise the precepts of the religion I teach you, and you shall soon have revealed to you the secret whether it be of God. Do His will, and you shall know of the doctrine. In obeying the precept, all else shall become plain." I knew a man who acted upon this saying of the Saviour. He admired, as perfect, the preceptive portions of the Bible, but stumbled at some of its peculiar doctrines. He determined, therefore, to ascertain what effect obeying the precepts would have toward dissipating his difficulties in regard to the doctrines of our religion. He therefore at once endeavoured to live in every respect as he would have lived had he been a Christian: reading, praying, attending public worship, and making the moral code of the Bible his only rule of action. So obeying the precept, in less than a twelvemonth's time the secret of the Lord was revealed to him, the truth of all the doctrines of God's covenant of redeeming mercy in Christ was made plain to his under. standing and grateful to his heart. Here is a cure for scepticism within the reach of every man.
(David Caldwell, M. A.)
Parallel VersesKJV: The secret of the LORD is with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant.