He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. ~Psalm 91:1
Do you ever feel like you need a hideout from the pressures, problems, and worries of life? A hideout is a place unique to you where you seclude yourself away from distractions, phone calls, emails, social media contact, and constant interference. It is a place where you can feel like you are alone, and safe from fear and harm. The Psalmist speaks about such a hideout that is real. He calls it the secret place of the most High. Let us see this morning the blessing and help a holy hideout can be for us.
We see that it is a place of DEVOTION.
“He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.” This is a great description of the Christian’s devotion time with God. It is a secret place where you and God meet for fellowship. It is the secret place of the most High. It is where you see no one but God, and He has your undivided attention. It is described as a dwelling place, or an abiding place under the shadow of the Almighty. A Christian derives his strength, confidence, faith, and power from living under this shadow, or in the presence of the most High God. It is a time of adoration, asking, and abiding. It is the means by which a Christian’s secret to power is derived.
We see that it is a place of DELIVERANCE.
Every Christian finds protection and safety by dwelling under the shadow of the Almighty. “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. A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.” A child of God faithful in his devotions is fortified against the attacks of Satan, the world, and the flesh. He is sheltered in safety and security regardless of how close the enemy might get. The believer not only has a covering from Satan’s attacks, but he is bolstered in his confidence. Our secret to deliverance from the attacks of our enemies is found in our devotion time with God.
We see that it is a place of DEPENDENCY.
It is here that faith is developed and grown. It is here that the child of God commits his trust in all things to God. It is here we learn to trust God when we are attacked, when we are anxious, and when we are afflicted. It is here we commit all of our ways to God, and have faith in Him for the outcome. Without these tests, we would not learn to trust in God. Dependency not only teaches us to trust, but it teaches how to wait on God. We are too impatient in our nature, and would rather speed things up. However, God teaches us to wait for His perfect timing in all things.
We see that it is a place of DEMONSTRATION.