He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. Psalm 91:1
Oh, how beautiful is the picture of this spiritual reality. ‘Secret place’ in Hebrew is mistar ~ ‘a concealed place where treasures are stored.’ Don’t you want to go there? Don’t you want to discover it? This place is actually ‘in Christ’ and the treasure ‘is Christ’. This hidden place is both positional (doctrinal) and experiential (a living reality).
I grew up in the church and heard the phrase ‘secret place’. It was a charming thought but no one ever really explained it as something a child of God could experience. It was sterile dogma. If only I’d heard that God had a heart and I could draw close to Him to experience it.
The secret of my hiding place is that there is spiritual power there. It is resident in Christ and when I am near Him, He is eager to let me experience all that He is. And He promises to share it with me so that my heart beats like His. What that means is this ~ I can rest in my spirit though I’m physically stressed. I can be strong like steel even though people around me expect me to break. Though all hell unravels, I can be of sound mind and possess unshakeable calm. You have been a place of safety for the poor and need in times of trouble. Brutal enemies pounded us like a heavy rain but you were our shelter. Isaiah 25:4
So, why do I temporarily leave this place? Because life throws me a curve I didn’t anticipate and I focus on my circumstances. Or, a faithless person talks me out of my peace and I cave to their flawed logic. The outcome? I sink like Peter in waters way over my head. For every child of God, there is a secure fortress. There is no storm too furious. No foe too mighty. No tragedy too hopeless. No grief too consuming. I am a child who runs home continually, reminding my enemy all the way ~ “Wait till I tell my Father.”
I’m going to believe you, Lord. Every foe today is already defeated. They are very well aware of their end and are pretending to wield a power that isn’t theirs. I’m not fooled and with Your Word, I call their bluff. In Jesus’ name, Amen