The friendship of the Lord is for those who fear him, and he makes known to them his covenant. (Psalm 25:14 ESV)
Intimacy with God must always be safeguarded by the fear of the Lord. After all He is God and we are but dust. Yet, He invites us into a divine romance. What a beautiful mystery!
But because the nature of His love is so good, so extravagant, so lavish .. there is a risk of fallen man abusing it. Familiarity breeds contempt, and we can become so familiar with God that we start to treat Him like one of our own. But He will not be treated with such disregard.
The fear of the Lord acknowledges that He is higher. He calls us near to Himself, but we must never tread His Presence lightly. To the one who understands this, He will entrust the deep and secret things of His heart. He loves all, yes, but know that the special friendship of God is resevered only for those who revere Him in His holiness. Anything other than that is false intimacy – a vain imagination of our own making.
We want to know His heart, not love Him from afar. But first, we must fear Him. Yes, He calls us near, but we must come with honor and trembling.