Psalm 91:1 – “He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.” NKJV
The Secret Place of the Most High is clearly a place of safety and it obviously very near to Him for the Psalmist said that if we dwell there we also abide under the shadow of God. I do believe that in order to be the shadow of someone you have to be near them. I was teaching from this passage and the question arose, “What is the Secret Place of God?” The inquiry was genuine because of the obviousness of the Provision and Protection it affords. The inquiry was a sincere desire to draw so near to God that they could walk in His shadow.
In Psalm 27:5 we read, “For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion; In the secret place of His tabernacle He shall hide me; He shall set me high upon a rock.” Here the Psalmist identifies the Secret Place of God as being in His Presence and is a place of protection in His tabernacle. This provides an image of one being in the Holy of Holies legitimately and the one there was covered with the Shekinah Glory of God and His Presence ministered to and protected them. In Psalm 31:20 we read, “You shall hide them in the secret place of Your presence from the plots of man; You shall keep them secretly in a pavilion from the strife of tongues.” The secret place is the Presence of God and in that place, there is protection from wagging tongues and those that desire to harm. Then in Psalm 32:7 we find, “You are my hiding place; You shall preserve me from trouble; You shall surround me with songs of deliverance.” The Psalmist identifies God as our Hiding Place and in that place, we have preservation from trouble and enter an attitude and experience of Praise and Worship.
If you could live your life always covered with the Shadow of God would you fear the devil? If you knew you had a place to run and hide if the flood waters of life were overflowing you would you allow anxiety to steal your faith or dreams? If you knew that you could have permanent residence in the presence of God would you not seek to change your address to that location? That is the place that the Psalmist identifies as being his abode and place of promise in God. That produced a faith declaration and a life determination that you and I need to learn and reach for. He said as a result of dwelling the Secret Place of God and abiding under the Shadow of the Almighty, “I will say of the LORD, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.” That is a place of confidence and commitment. That is a place of blessing and victory. That is a place of rejoicing and worship. That is the Place that Jesus said He came to provide for us on this earth.
The Psalmist, looking out from under the Shadow of God in his position in God’s Secret Place expressed confidence that God would deliver from the traps of the devil. He expressed confidence that the pestilence and destruction the devil seeks to send upon us would not penetrate our abode. He identified a place of living that was so close to God it was literally under the Strong Right Hand of God. It was a place in Truth and that Truth protected from all enemies regardless of what they were. No enemy could succeed in bringing destruction and although there may be casualties in life, you will not be one because of your Place of Residence in the Secret Place of God. He declared that because God is our refuge and dwelling place we are spared from evil and have an angelic guard watching over us and even lifting us in their hands to keep us from bruising our feet on the rocks of the road of life. We discover that from this position and condition even the ravenous spirits that would devour and destroy are tamed. Because of our commitment and dwelling in the Secret Place of God we have the promise of deliverance in all things and at all times. THAT IS INCREDIBLE and a Promise that too few believe, receive, or seek.
Look at the last statement, “With long life, I will satisfy him, and show him My Salvation.” No wonder the Psalmist could declare in Psalm 118:17, “I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the Lord.” God has an assignment for us and has given us Promise and Provision including Long Life or Time to fulfill His Purposes and complete our mission in this life.
Rejoice in your promise, move into your place of provision, and become that which He declared you to be. God, bless you richly is my prayer!