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He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.
"The secret place of the Most High."
It sounds intriguing doesn't it? Is it a real place? How do I get there? Do I really want to be there? Of course I do. As I look at all the benefits of being there, I know that there is no better place in which to dwell. "The Shadow of the Almighty" sounds interesting, too. Let's see...a shadow is ahead of a person before noon and behind him afternoon. Or is it the opposite? Anyway, the shadow is either ahead of the person or behind him. Doesn't the Bible tell us that the glory of the Lord goes before us and is our rear guard? Well the secret place of the Most High is abiding in His glory, His presence, His will, His goodness, His blessings, His fruit, His mind. Being in constant contact with God is dwelling with Him. Could it be, Lord? Can I really do it? Please teach me.
I begin by saying that He is my refuge. I believe that He is. I begin to enter into a door of faith that puts me in His shadow. What a place!
Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler. Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day; Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.
Deliverance! Boy do I need it! It seems at times that things are going so well. I have peace, joy, and contentment. Then I begin to think of prayers that are yet to be answered, relationships that are shaky but necessary, things I want to do for my family and friends, and I shake a little bit. Lord; please help me to abide with you, thinking of your answers, your solutions, and your promises, which will surely come to pass. Thanks for the feathers that your cover my mind with. When my thoughts race too fast, you cover me with your soft peaceful feathers. You speak your truth to me, which is a shield. It protects me from my fears. As long as I am here, I am fearless. I am not afraid of bullets that ring out in the night, sirens that cause alarm of aids, cancer, heart disease, or diabetes. These things cannot touch me. I am under your wing. Can I stay here forever?
A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee. Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked. Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation; There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.
As I watch what is happening around me, I see many people make the wrong decisions. They make the wrong moves. They make mistakes. People lose their children to accidents, illness, and divorce. I feel bad and shudder. I pray for them. I try to help, then I become fearful for myself again, but somehow the Lord protects what I love. Some people don't know God, or don't live for Him, and they suffer the consequences. Some love the Lord very much, but do they know about the secret place? If only we could all dwell there all the time. I guess I'm blessed because I have made the Lord my refuge. This is why no evil will befall me; yes, I can say it with confidence, "because I have made the Lord my refuge, no evil shall befall me." Praise His Holy name.
For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone. Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.
Wow, real angels to hold me up. They are here to minister to those who are heirs of salvation. They even worked to help me before I was saved. Now that I know the Lord, it is up to me to make Him my refuge. These angels keep me in His shadow at all times. Wherever I go they are with me. I love this place. I love this secret place. I want to tell everybody I meet about the secret place. There's room for everybody in the secret place. If I can go, you can go, just make the Lord your refuge. When trouble comes, call on Him. In times of uncertainty, call on Him. When You want to share something very intimate, call on Him...He will invite you in. What a wonderful place.
Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name. He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him. With long life will I satisfy him, and show him my salvation. Psalm 91:14-16
Boy, do I love Jesus. Because He first loved me. He has given me all things, His very life. No greater love is there. And because I HAVE SET MY LOVE ON HIM, (that is, my love for Him is unwavering), He will deliver me, and set me on top of all my difficulties. When I call, He will answer me. He will deliver me and honor me, and satisfy me with long life. You know what, I feel so good, this calls for a
HE WHO DWELLS IN THE SECRET PLACE OF THE MOST HIGH
SHALL ABIDE UNDER SHADOW OF THE ALMIGHTY
HE WHO DWELLS IN THE SECRET PLACE OF THE MOST HIGH
SHALL LIVE IN THE PRESENCE OF THE LORD
AND HE CAN HAVE LONG LIFE AND DO ANYTHING
AND HE CAN HAVE LONG LIFE AND DO ANYTHING
AND HE CAN HAVE ALL THE JOY THAT HEAVEN BRINGS
BECAUSE HE SERVES THE LORD OF LORDS AND KING OF KINGS
He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High
shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
The secret place of the Most High. Sounds unattainable to most of us. It is by human means, but it is very attainable by faith. Everything that God provides is attainable by faith in His word. But imagine dwelling with God in a place that nobody knows about. What is the secret place of the Most High? It has to be a state of being, a zone, a realm in which a person is so perfectly at peace that nothing can disturb him or move him out. It is a wonderful place of contentment, peace, power, and love. It is a condition of the spirit and soul that allows us to ignore, be oblivious to, or laugh at the antics of the enemy. It is a place of highest contentment and security. It is a place of confidence in God. It is a real place, and not just a mere feeling. Feelings come and go, but this is a place where one can live. It is a place of residence in God. Aaah, the Secret Place. Why is it a secret? Because it is hard to put into words. Revealed things can be explained. Secret things can only be described in part. They must be experienced to be appreciated.
I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.
So how does one enter the secret place? We said by faith, but verse 2 gives us a clue. You enter by what you say. Your world is framed by the words of your mouth. When you say, "Lord, you are my refuge. I don't need any other protection," God hears you, and you have access to the Secret Place of the Most High. Your heart is fixed, trusting in God. When God is the one in whom you trust, you need not be afraid of any thing. When you trust only in God, He will surely deliver you, even from unseen dangers. The snare of the fowler was one of the hidden dangers that plagued unsuspecting pedestrians. People caught game birds in traps known as snares. An unsuspecting person could step in one of these traps. Alone in a field without help, one could easily perish in the trap. God even promises to deliver us from such snares. He will send angels to help us even after we have stepped into the snare. This is good to know. Many times the enemy lays hidden snares for us that we may walk into. A co-worker may try to set us up to be fired. A loved one may misinterpret what you say and cause discord and disharmony. Another believer may start a rumor about you that is hard to extinguish. These are all snares that the enemy lays for us. Never fear, just say of the Lord, "Jesus, you are my refuge. I trust only in you." When you do this in faith, God will totally deliver you.
He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.
When you have made the Lord your refuge, by calling upon the name of the Lord as your only hope, then he lets down his big wing and covers you with his feathers. Feathers are for protection of the bird. They cover his skin and other parts of the body. Feathers shield the body from the elements, even when they are contrary to him. Imagine being covered with God's protection. Whatever protects God is protecting you. You are entitled to the same immunity from destruction that God enjoys. He places His protective arm over you and all the evil that the devil wants to hurl against you is deflected off His protective wing. When God protects you, He protects you all over. You inward man is protected because he dwells where God dwells, but what about your outward man? He is protected by the word of God, God's truth. It becomes a shield to protect our minds from the negative thoughts of the enemy. What we think is very important. If you are in a bomb shelter, your body is protected, but your mind may be screaming with fear. The mental anguish may be unbearable. Not so in the secret place. You only know what God says about you and your situation. His truth is a shield for you. Evil thoughts do not find a dwelling place.
Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day; Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.
When the Lord shields your mind, you walk in a confidence toward God that does not allow the enemy to place fear inside you. Recently I read of a beautiful four-year-old girl who was killed in her home by a drive-by shooter. This is the terror by night. Some people fear burglars breaking in the middle of the night. You shall not fear these things when your trust is in God, and you dwell with Him by faith. A recent outbreak of Legionnaire's disease had closed an automotive plant nearby. Will this trouble you? It might if you do not make the Lord your refuge. How about the shootings in schools or the workplace...those destructive things that waste lives at noonday? You will not be afraid of any of these terrors because you dwell in a place of peace comfort and safety that surpasses knowledge and understanding.
A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee. Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.
You must have protection for your mind. You may find yourself in a situation of disaster. As many as 11,000 people may be killed all around you but you will not be harmed. I think of some of the worst types of disaster that have occurred: The black death of the Middle Ages, The Civil War, the Oklahoma City bombing, the great Chicago, and San Francisco fires. All of these disasters killed many people. However, some survived. Were they dwelling in the Secret Place of the Most High? I believe they had made the Lord their refuge. Many times our daily prayers lay the groundwork for our day. I recall the story of the man who survived the runway collision of two airplanes in 1977. Norman Williams prayed with his mother prior to boarding the plane. This was not unusual. They always prayed when parting. This time, however, the prayer was different. Through several miracles, Mr. Williams limped away from the wreckage of the plane where 333 of the 394 people on board were killed. The prayer of agreement that he and his mother prayed caused him to enter into the Secret Place of the Most High.