Dwelling in the Secret Place
Psalm 91:1 “He who dwells in the secret place shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.”
As I began to read Psalm 91 one morning, the Holy Spirit stopped me on the word “dwells” and said, “not visits.” That got my attention! Am I dwelling or just visiting? Do I try to sandwich God in between all of the other things in my life that seem to be important or desirable? And what is the secret place?
As children, most of us found or built a secret place where we could go and be by ourselves or with a close friend. What fun to disappear for a while! My place was an old coal bin that was no longer being used. And later, when I was too big for the coal bin, it was a very old apple tree where I took my books and climbed up to spend the afternoon reading.
God’s secret place is similar to a child’s secret place because it is away from the eyes of the world. We draw near to spend time with Him in secret. But the problem is our flesh does not particularly like the secret place. It prefers the public place where our “spirituality” and good deeds can be admired by others. Isn’t that what the Pharisees wanted? How much of our spiritual life is hidden?
In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus says there are three things that we should do in secret: pray, fast, and give alms. He said the Father Who sees in secret would reward us openly. Are be building a secret history with God? Are we seeking to please Him instead of people?
The remainder of Psalm 91 is filled with glorious promises of God’s protection from evil and disaster for “those who abide under the shadow of the Almighty.” The world around us seems to be getting more evil and dangerous with every passing day. As end-time events begin to unfold and accelerate, the hearts of those who do not dwell in the secret place will be overcome with fear and unbelief. Beloved, we must learn NOW to dwell in that secret place, beneath the shadow of an Almighty God who loves us. We must learn now to remain hidden. We must learn now how to abide where no evil can harm us.