You could be my friend without me being your friend. If either of us loves the other at all times, that one is the friend (Proverbs 17:17). If we each love the other, that is when we have become “friends.”
Yahweh has been our Friend for quite some time. Actually, since before time. Jesus was slain before the foundation of the earth to give us an open Door to make it possible to become friends to Yahweh.
Love the Lord, all His faithful ones.
The Lord protects the loyal,
but fully repays the arrogant.
Be strong and courageous,
all you who put your hope in the Lord.
(Psalm 31:23-24 HCSB ©®)
But as for me—poor and in pain—
let Your salvation protect me, God.
I will praise God’s name with song
and exalt Him with thanksgiving.
That will please the Lord more than an ox,
more than a bull with horns and hooves.
The humble will see it and rejoice.
You who seek God, take heart!
For the Lord listens to the needy
and does not despise
His own who are prisoners.
Let heaven and earth praise Him,
the seas and everything that moves in them,
for God will save Zion
and build up the cities of Judah.
They will live there and possess it.
The descendants of His servants will inherit it,
and those who love His name will live in it.
(Psalm 69:29-36 HCSB ©®)