Abraham was a man of faith who knew God. Think of the story of Isaac. Did Abraham tell anyone what he’d been told to do? This was something between God and Abraham. God stopped Abraham at the last minute and this story shows the principle of the heart attitude towards what God is calling us into – sacrifices that come from the heart.
And Isaac said to his father Abraham, “My father!” And he said, “Here I am, my son.” He said, “Behold, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?” Abraham said, “God will provide for himself the lamb for a burnt offering, my son.” So they went both of them together.
What can we do to find God’s honour? It’s not about the outward, it’s about what’s going on in your heart. Let God show you what’s in your heart. All Abraham’s future was stored up in his son, yet he was willing to lay that all down if God asked him. God is calling us to have willing hearts. In Luke 1, Zechariah and Elizabeth were described as ‘righteous before God’ which is so much more important than being busy doing lots of things. Let’s be searched and known so we have a genuine relationship with Jesus.
The friendship of the Lord is for those who fear him, and he makes known to them his covenant.
There are two types of fear – servile (fear of punishment) and filial (the fear of displeasing or damaging people you love). David is talking about filial fear here. This is the same as ‘the fear of the Lord’ in Isaiah when he talks about Jesus. We want to learn to do this from the heart. This is a covenant of grace and sonship.