The secret place is our hiding place

Psalm 119--114

In Psalm 119:114 (AMP) we find the Verse of the Day for August 1, 2017:

You are my hiding place and my shield; I wait for Your word…

The verse is rendered thusly in the New Living Translation:

You are my refuge and my shield; your word is my source of hope.

Another expression of this place of intimacy is the term “secret place” which is most notably used in the Book of Psalms. While the term generally refers to a physical location, it most often expresses a state of an intimate relationship with God. Verse 5 of my favorite Psalm puts it this way in the New King James:

Psalm 27:5

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.

Psalm 31:20 reiterates the same message in the New King James:

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 a place of intimacy, the place of sublime fellowship of the highest degree. Where do we find this connection with the Father?  In “the secret place”–in the most holy place–“the holy of holies”–where the presence of God abides–God’s habitation, God’s dwelling place.” The lyrics to a love song by Oleta Adams also reveal God‘s desire for us to meet Him in “the secret place”: “. . . I don’t care how you get there, get there if you can. .  .” Where is ‘there’?  ‘There’ is the secret place.” Most amazingly, “You can get there from here.”

We recognize that “the secret place” is precisely that–a place that is secret–between you and God. The secret place is not the marketplace, not the workplace.  Secrets are revealed in “the secret place”–no strangers can enter “the secret place.” Psalm 91:1 in the Amplified Bible reminds us

He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall remain stable and fixed under the shadow of the Almighty [Whose power no foe can withstand].

This verse also brings to mind a teaching entitled “God is Looking for a Dwelling Place,” the inspiration for the following which uses Psalm 91:1 in the New King James Version as its introductory verse.

 Our Dwelling Transformed

  He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High
shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

  Psalm 91:1

 

Despite perilous times embroiled in confusion and strife,

We continue to learn that everything has its own price.

As we pursue the ultimate goal, we offer our lives

Of service presented as a living sacrifice.

With clean hands and a pure heart, we prepare our dwelling place.

To attract you, Lord, we provide a pleasing ambiance:

Our songs of love flow from the depths of our inner space,

A habitation designed and arrayed for your entrance.

Our desire is to please you in all we say and do,

As we are transformed by the renewing of our mind,

Striving to understand that You alone make all things new.

As the eyes of the Lord scan this green planet, may they find

Our dwelling transformed into a place of simple beauty,

As we offer all that we are and ever hope to be.

This entire discussion brings great comfort and strength to remind us: “You are my hiding place,” offered by Selah:

In the midst of trying times that ever seek to hinder our progress, we conclude with this prayer:

As children run to safety in their father’s arms,

So we too, run to you, our shelter from life’s storms.

Lord, we long to dwell with you in the secret place,

Our buckler, our shield, deliverer, our fortress,

Strong tower, defender, who responds to our prayer.

For Lord, you are faithful, who will establish us

And protect us and deliver us from evil.

 

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