The phone number to call for help in the U.S. is 9-1-1. Once you call that number, police, firemen and paramedics will run to wherever you are and they will 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 your life. 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)
The “secret place” isn’t somewhere you visit. It’s a place where you dwell.
If you need help, the Bible – the only source of truth in existence – has everything you need! Specifically though, the Bible’s “9-1-1” is Psalm 91:1, “He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.” Did you catch that? The “secret place“. That is where God resides and where the answer to your 9-1-1 cry is found – in His presence. Not in church or at a Bible study or in a time of worship with your friends (although those are all good things!) – but in the 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 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, according to Psalm 91:1. When you visit, you’re not truly at home or completely comfortable. But where you live? You’re comfortable and familiar with everything. That’s what the presence of God is like when you dwell in that secret place with Him every day. You take yourself in the secret place. He won’t drag you or beg, but He is 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 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
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. Here’s what God will do:
“In my distress I called on the Lord, and cried for help to my God; He heard my voice from His temple, and my cry for help came before Him to His ears. Then the earth shook and quaked; the foundations of the hills also moved; they reeled because His anger burned. Smoke went up out of His nostrils, and fire from His mouth devoured; coals were kindled by it. He bent the heavens and came down, and darkness was under His feet. He rode on a cherub, and flew; He flew swiftly on the wings of the wind. He made darkness His secret place; His pavilion was surrounding Him, dark waters and thick clouds of the skies. At the brightness before Him His thick clouds passed by, hailstones and coals of fire. The Lord also thundered in the heavens, and the Most High gave His voice, hailstones and coals of fire. He sent out His arrows and scattered them, and He shot out lightning and distressed them. Then the channels of waters appeared, and the foundations of the world were discovered at Your rebuke, O Lord, at the blast of the breath of Your nostrils. He sent from above, He took me; He drew me out of many waters. He delivered me from my strong enemy, and from those who hated me, for they were too strong for me. They confronted me in the day of my calamity, but the Lord was my support. He also brought me forth into a large place; He delivered me because He delighted in me. (Psalm 18:6-19)
There is no better help than God’s. Maybe He will utilize earthly forces to help you, but you know He’ll use heavenly ones too!