I am a companion of all those who fear You, and of those who keep Your precepts.
After the psalmist describes the opposition he is facing and reminds us that he is still thankful and committed to God’s word, he describes the sweet relationship he has with those who share his spiritual commitments.
To be a companion is to be knit together, united. The emphasis is the like-mindedness he enjoys with those who share his same spiritual priorities. He gives two specific priorities that bind them together.
1. All those who fear God.
In this same chapter, the psalmist describes his fear of God:
My flesh trembles for fear of You, and I am afraid of Your judgments.
As we grow in our understanding of who God is, we will also grow in a proper fear of God. Our relationship with a holy God is remarkable. It came at a great cost. It is a reminder of how much a Holy God must hate sin and, therefore, how great is the love He has demonstrated towards His children. This is not to be a causal relationship.
2. All those who keep His precepts.
An appropriate fear of God will result in obedience to God’s precepts.
Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and turn away from evil.
By lovingkindness and truth iniquity is atoned for, and by the fear of the Lord one keeps away from evil.
Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all defilement of flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
2 Corinthians 7:1
This is a reminder that our common bond is only with true believers, not everyone who claims to be Christians. True believers can be identified by their appropriate fear of God and obedience to His word.