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Under the Covering of the Most High
The person who dwells in n the secret place of the Most Highby
shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty - Psalm 91:1
Eddie L. Hyatt.
“Unsafe” shouted the front-page headlines of an edition of our local newspaper. The headline was echoing the just-released findings of the 9/11 Commission, which concluded that America is very vulnerable to more terrorist attacks.
It is not just Muslim terrorists, however, who pose a threat to our way of life. Not long ago an individual walked into a Baptist church not far from where we lived and opened fire on the young people who had gathered for a Christian concert. Several were killed and a number wounded. The horrified parents had no idea that their children were not safe. They discovered the hard way that we live in a very unpredictable world.
There are also religious terrorists who prey on the naïve and unsuspecting with their alluring doctrines and sensational claims. The New Testament refers to them as false apostles who come as angels of light and propagate doctrines of demons (II Corinthians 11:13-15; I Timothy 4:1). We certainly are living in the perilous (dangerous) times that Paul spoke about in II Timothy 3:1.
What is The Secret Place?
What is the secret place to which this passage refers, and why is God here referred to by two different names? The answers to these questions provide insight into powerful truths concerning the place of safety God has provided for every believer.
The secret place is a place of personal intimacy between you and God. It is a space known only to you and God. In the ideal marriage, there is a place of intimacy, sharing, and closeness that no one else can breach. In the same way, each of us has the privilege of finding a secret place with God, a place of intimacy and closeness.
How I Found The Secret Place
This final obstacle to faith was tied to the fact that many of the faith building books I was reading had been written by people who had died of sickness or who had gone through sicknesses from which they were not healed. I knew, for example, that John G. Lake, whose books had greatly helped me, had died of a stroke at the age of 64. Smith Wigglesworth, whose writings were also faith building, had endured a painful ordeal with kidney stones. He did not receive healing for the condition and finally passed them through his urinary tract in a grueling process that took 3 years.
Realities like these raised the question in my mind: “If these people of such great faith had not been healed, how could I confidently expect to be healed by God?” I struggled with this! Finally I found my own secret place with God, and in this secret place, it was just God and I. I cried out,
Oh God, I don’t know why John G. Lake died of a stroke nor why Smith Wigglesworth was not healed of kidney stones or why his daughter was never healed of deafness. I don’t know why healing evangelists like Jack Coe died of polio and Kathryn Kuhlman died of heart failure. But Lord, I don’t have to know! That is between You and them! This is between You and me. I am here in Your presence with Your promises. This is not about anyone else. This is about You and me and the promises You have made.
As I fellowshipped with God around His word, I found a faith that was not tied to anyone else’s experience. My faith became rooted in my relationship with Him as never before. I found my own secret place with God.
The Significance of the Names For God in Psalm 91
The person who finds this place of personal intimacy will abide or remain under the shadow of the Almighty. “Almighty” is a translation of the Hebrew El-Shaddai. El means “strong or mighty one.” Many scholars believe that Shaddai is derived from the Hebrew word shad, which means “breast.” El-Shaddai thus portrays God as a nursing mother nourishing her infant with her own life. What is more secure than an infant in the arms of its mother being nourished at her breast?
Under His Covering
How Do We Live in The Secret Place?
Secondly, we must give priority to reading and studying His Word, particularly the gospels and the New Testament. As we read the gospels, we will get to know what God is like. Jesus is God Incarnate and as we are getting to know Him in the gospels, we are getting to know God.
Thirdly, we must worship. Someone has noted that when we pray, we are preoccupied with our needs. When we praise and give thanks, we are preoccupied with our blessings. But when we worship, we are preoccupied only with Him.
In the Secret Place We Come to Know Him
This same word is used of the intimate, physical relationship between a husband and wife. For example, it is the word that is used in Genesis 4:1 that says, Now Adam knew (ginosko) his wife and she conceived and bore Cain.
This is the same word used by Paul in Philippians 3:10 where Paul says that his burning passion and ultimate goal in life is to know (ginosko) Christ. Paul wanted more than anything else to live in that secret place. How about you? Have you found your own secret place with God? If not, it is available to you!