"He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty."
Can you envision a shelter so safe, so secure, that nothing could hurt you or even touch you in any negative way? Can you imagine a love so pure, so complete, that you would never want for love again, in any other form? Are you able to think of anywhere that you could hide that would keep the world from chipping away at your sanity? Can you imagine a place where you can truly relax and rest, letting down your guard? Are you able to think of even One Person Who could make you feel this safe, this secure? If you can't, then you have never been to the secret place.
Just what IS this secret place, you ask, and how do I get there? When can I go? Who is with me? Is it really that safe? Let's explore those things.
"He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High". First we want to find out who the 'he' is and what these things mean. I know this may seem easy and a 'yeah, and?' comes to mind, BUT in order to really find this place, you must go deeper than what the surface tells you. The 'he' is the one who seeks this place. That would be YOU! If you decide to seek it, you will find it. It's a solid truth that the Lord has told us.
Matthew 6:33, "But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you."
Matthew 7:7, "Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you."
If you are simply shopping, simply casually checking things out to see if you like it, you will not find this place. In fact, if all you are doing is a quick look-see, then it will never be a part of your life. How do I know this? The next part tells me that. The word 'dwell' is an old English word hat means 'to live' in a place. You must make a conscious effort to go there and then it's the place you choose to stay. Make no mistake, this is a spiritual place and you don't just get in your car, go on the subway or catch a plane. There is a secret to the secret place. You get there in prayer. OUCH! I can hear you now. In fact, I have said probably all of these things myself. "Now that's something I don't have TIME to do. I'm a busy person. There's the kids to get ready, breakfast, go to work, travel time, the boss wants 120 percent from me. No time to fix my boat or go out on it (if not a boat, insert anything taking more of your time than you can really spare). Can't do everything everyone has to have from me. Don't even talk to me about what I WANT to do. And THEN IF I have time, I might be able to watch my favorite show on television. Everyone wants something from me. I'm looking for five minutes for myself, MYSELF. How am I ever going to have the time to pray?"
Folks, if you can't find the time to talk to the Lord, there will never ever be time to rest, relax and get comfortable with God or anything else in your life, for that matter. If you can't find the time, He can't help you with anything. He can't be a part of your life in the way He wants to be. I cannot stress enough the need to be in close harmony with the Father. If you go there, He WILL protect you, guide you, help you. No matter what your problems, your cares of the world, He can deal with it, if ONLY you will let Him. So, the secret place must be very close to God, very close indeed, for Him to be that concerned about you getting there. We know that He's there because it says 'of the most High'. That's a description of God. 'Most High' tells us one more very important fact as well. There is no higher than He. Did you get that? Nothing and no one is higher than our Father. If God is the highest and there is no other, then that TRULY would be a safe and secure place.
"shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty." Now I don't know about you but I certainly want to be (abide) under His Shadow because He IS the Almighty. If the Lord is the best there is, if He is the top of the line, if He is the strongest, most powerful, most full of love, most compassionate, most giving, most caring, most everything you can think of, then why would you want to be anywhere else? But it takes prayer and seeking. It takes a diligence that most people don't seem to have the time or the interest in giving. Let me ask you this. If God could give you breath, couldn't you find time for Him? If God could sacrifice His OWN Son for you, isn't it good to give Him some of your valuable time back? If the Almighty Presence in your life gives you the choice of life, isn't it time we became grateful and give Him some attention? It would seem to me that we should make talking to the Lord each and every day a priority, the first thing we do.
A question here, am I condemning you for not doing this? No way! I want only to encourage you, to show you that there IS a better way, there is a better place than in your misery, your pain, your heartbreak. Don't feel guilty that you haven't achieved this yet. Be strong in the Lord and powerful in His might! Determine that you will find the time in order to seek this most precious shelter. But what is SO valuable about this place? If safety, security, and love are not enough, maybe it isn't where you need to be, but I want that place. There is a yearning in my heart to be closer than I have ever been to my Lord. It does take diligence, and yes, time to get there, but once you achieve this goal, you will KNOW just how precious and personal your walk with the Lord can be. And you know what? There is one more extremely valuable commodity associated with being in that secret place. PEACE!!!
If you want to be in this place and you want to have the assurances that come with this place, please take the time now to ask the Lord Jesus into your heart. He died for you so that you might have life. Ask forgiveness for your sins and then tell Him thank you!
To reach that secret place, just saying a few words to the Lord each day or a couple of minutes of your time, is not going to do it. This takes time and getting to know your Father, talking to Him on a regular basis, getting to a point of friendship. Yes, I said friendship. Then you come to a place of relationship and out beyond that is fellowship. It's like a trip to the stars. When you get there, you will KNOW how truly worth it this is. It IS worth the journey.