In the United States, when you call 9-1-1, help is on the way– police, firemen and paramedics will run to wherever you are and they will work hard to rescue you. They will use all their resources to save your life. If necessary, they will rush you to the hospital where you will receive even an even greater level of help to save you. How much more would a good God do this for you? Will trouble come? Of course! Jesus said trials and difficulties would certainly come to us all (John 16:33), but God is an “ever present help in trouble.” (Psalm 46:1) When you need help, the Bible – the only source of truth in existence – has everything you need, even a “9-1-1” (Psalm 91:1)!
“He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.” ~Psalm 91:1
The “secret place” is a location within your spirit that only you know how to get to. No one can tell you where to go because it is only revealed within your private, intimate times spent with the Lord who loves you. The secret place is where God resides and where the answer to your 9-1-1 cry is found – in His presence. The secret place isn’t found in church or at a Bible study or in a time of worship with your friends (although those are all good things!) because it is a secret place. “Enter your closet” Jesus said. Close off and then close in. Jesus noted in Matthew 6:6 that the Father dwells in secret and sees in secret.
Psalm 91:1 Reveals the Secret of the Secret Place
Psalm 81:7 says, “You called in trouble, and I delivered you; I answered you in the secret place of thunder.” Your answer is ready, but are you in a place to receive it? Are you so busy opening up to others about the problem that you forgot to close yourself into the secret place? The “secret place” isn’t somewhere you visit. It’s a place where you dwell.
When you worship the Lord alone, just you and Him, you enter into the secret place – not physically, but spiritually. It’s a secret place because there is a way to get there and only you and the Lord know how to get there. Thanksgiving for what He has done. Praise for who He is. The testimonies you hold inside your heart of His faithfulness. Hands offered up. Singing a new song. Concerns, fears and struggles offered into His capable hands. Declarations of His Word as He speaks to you from His Word- personal, intimate, powerful- and part of your daily existence, because you’re not a visitor in His presence. You dwell there. The true power of Psalm 91:1 is your desire to remain in His presence, to go into the secret place and put yourself under His shadow!
The Lord desires your worship because He wants to connect with your spirit, but He won’t drag you or beg. He waits to you there. Will He run to rescue you? Of course! But if you want stop calling out a spiritual “9-1-1” every time Satan comes against you, dwell in the secret place. That’s what Psalm 91:1 means, and it is where the REAL help is found. Under the shadow of the Almighty is where all your victory, peace, joy, healing, miracles and everything else you need is found.
Thought for today: Psalm 91:1 is a Powerful Promise
Psalm 23: 6 says, “Surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” When the Lord is truly your Shepherd, He doesn’t have to drag you to Him- you willingly go. You dwell in His house because you desire to, not because you’re compelled. “…shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty” is the powerful promise of a God who rescues, restores, redeems, rewards, and rebuilds! Yes, God is always good and He will always be faithful, but greater spiritual power and authority will be present in your life when you dwell with Him, rather than visiting! Yes, you can close in when things are in a desperate condition, but that isn’t what Psalm 91:1 is about. It is about an existence in the secret place and the natural outcome of a life lived in His presence. And how do you get there? The starting point is WORSHIP.
If you need a reminder of the kind of help the Lord has to offer you for your situation, remember this: “It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man. It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in princes.” (Psalm 118:8-9) Dwell in the secret place, where your answers are found.
More Resources to Help You Learn to Dwell in the Secret Place
- “The Secret Place and the Hidden Benefits of Praise”
- “Getting Answers to Prayer Starts with One Crucial Thing”
- “Are You Worshipping the Unknown God?”
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