We are assured that God's love is one that not only cares, but protects. Remember what Paul said about being in Christ? He said that "we are more than conquerers through Him who loved us." And he went on to say, "For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord."
No soppy sentimentalism here! Rather than mere friendship, you and I receive a love from God that is powerful, strong, and gives protection! Just like David and Paul, you and I can say, "I can do everything through Him who gives me strength."
And how do you feel when you realize that God is your friend? I want to quote LaGard directly here: