There is a Secret Place
Psalms 91:1He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
Psalms 91 describes the blessings of being in this secret place.
Psa 91:1 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
Psa 91:2 I will say of the LORD, [He is] my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.
Psa 91:3 Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, [and] from the noisome pestilence.
Psa 91:4 He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth [shall be thy] shield and buckler.
Psa 91:5 Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; [nor] for the arrow [that] flieth by day;
Psa 91:6 [Nor] for the pestilence [that] walketh in darkness; [nor] for the destruction [that] wasteth at noonday.
Psa 91:7 A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; [but] it shall not come nigh thee.
Psa 91:8 Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.
Psa 91:9 Because thou hast made the LORD, [which is] my refuge, [even] the most High, thy habitation;
Psa 91:10 There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.
Psa 91:11 For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.
Psa 91:12 They shall bear thee up in [their] hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.
Psa 91:13 Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.
Psa 91:14 Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.
Psa 91:15 He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I [will be] with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.
Psa 91:16 With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.
All through Psalms David describes God as being his Shepherd, rock, refuge, shield, helper, strength and the lists goes on and on.
Just how did David find this place of safety in God? Does God have favorites? The answer is no, all are welcome! David found it through the suffering of persecution.
Sometimes people will say: "Why are they so happy with the Lord?" Why do they seem so excited about Jesus?" They are just to emotional" "They are just to fanatical" "It doesn't take all that" etc.
But you see, They don't see where Jesus brought them from, they don't see a life that was devastated by drugs, alcohol, prostitution, hate, disease, dysfunction etc.
They don't see the pain, suffering and the casualties of life.
When a person that has been devastated by the afflictions of life is rescued by the Lord Jesus, He becomes the unmovable rock in their life and if they get excited about Jesus, well: praise the Lord. ---Until you or I have walked in their shoes----
So point one of this message is:
1. Some find the secret place through great suffering
David was driven to the rock that was higher then himself by the scourge of persecution by king Saul.
2Sa 6:14And David danced before the LORD with all his might; and David was girded with a linen ephod.
2Sa 6:15So David and all the house of Israel brought up the ark of the LORD with shouting, and with the sound of the trumpet.
2Sa 6:16And as the ark of the LORD came into the city of David, Michal Saul's daughter looked through a window, and saw king David leaping and dancing before the LORD; and she despised him in her heart.
God had taken a shepherd boy and placed him on a king's
He had something to shout about!
Point 2 of this message is:
2. All are welcome to the secret place
By opening our hearts to Jesus
Revelation 3:20Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.
This was written to Christians.
To sup with someone means to dine with someone. It suggest closeness and a personal sharing. It is kind of like; a father who wants all of his children to come to him, that he may hold them on his lap and embrace them.
He says that He stands at the door (the door of our heart) and knocks. The problem is: Is anyone listening?
What is the priority in my life? How sad it is that there are Christians that can tell you all the latest sport scores, batting averages, who made the top ten list in Hollywood etc. but can't tell you how many books are in the Bible.
John 14:21He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.
John 14:23Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.
He says that if we love Him, we will keep His commandments and if we keep His commandments, He will manifest himself to us and make His abode with us.
Abode means to dwell with us.
He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
Psalms 16:11Thou wilt show me the path of life: in thy presence is fullness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures forevermore.
As a Christian: from experience I can say that the things of this world can never satisfy and fulfill our lives. There was a time in my life that I lost the joy of my salvation, my life became drudgery. After a period of time I realized that I was trying to fulfill my life with things instead of my Lord. My purpose and the satisfaction of my life could only be found in my Creator, my Savior and my Lord.
Wonderful! Wonderful! Wonderful!