It’s usually pretty easy for us to imagine a best friendship with a person, but it can be harder to imagine it with God. God is all about close friendship.
Throughout the Bible, God mentions multiple people he considers his friend.
David was a guy in the Bible who had a real “best friend” relationship with God. On the outside, he was just an ordinary guy, the youngest in his family who spent most of his time watching the sheep. He was also very emotional and he made a lot of mistakes. But his friendship with God was like none other; it filled him with courage, and as a result he became a warrior and one of the greatest kings of God’s people.
But God removed Saul and replaced him with David, a man about whom God said, ‘I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart. He will do everything I want him to do.’Acts 13:22 NLT
David’s relationship with God was much deeper and more inspiring than a daily ritual or routine. The Message translation of this verse tells us his heart beat with God’s heart. He was connected with God, he felt God’s presence in his daily life, and as a result he had the strength to do what God wanted him to do.
So how do we build this kind of friendship with God? David wrote many of the psalms in the Bible. They were often his prayers, and we can learn from them how to build a close friendship with God ourselves.
In today’s Mini Quiet Time we’ll look at Psalm 13, one of the psalms where David talked to God about some tough things but comes out closer to God as friends.