These past few weeks, there has been something about a verse I read that has kept me wondering..Has this ever happened to you? When I read the Bible I am expecting to be impacted. I am expecting to be confronted with the truth-not just any truth but Gods truth. This verse captured my mind I will have to say that the version I read captivated me. I believe that some meanings get lost in translation. It all depends on the version you read. I found this verse while working in the chapel of the hospital. This verse has stuck with me since then. Has there ever been a verse from the Bible that stuck with you ? Seems like everything stops and there is nothing more important to you than to understand what you just read. I write this verse down on each new notepad I use at work. I also write it in Spanish. I thought I would share with you in hopes that it also speaks to you.
Psalms 91:1-2 KJV ” He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. ” I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust”.
There you have it “secret place“. What does that mean? What is the Psalmist talking about? How are we supposed to dwell in the secret place? If it is secret? These were my initial thoughts. I pondered the meaning of this verse. I prayed God would give me knowledge to understand His word. I believed and still do that this verse was directed straight at me.
I looked at other versions to help me clarify what I was reading? I feel that the best way to read and understand scripture is by just reading it. If you don’t devote time to it, you will not get to know it-you won’t get to know HIM.
Typically, when we have a secret it is not shared with everyone. It is only shared with a select few. We only share it with people who are going to guard the intimacy of the secret. We only share a secret with people whom we have relationship with! So why does it say “secret place” in this verse? The love of God for us is not a secret. It is meant to be shared with everyone! In fact, the sacrifice on the cross was visible to all. The resurrection of Jesus Christ was not meant to be a secret.
Is the Psalmist boasting? I would like to think so! If you read the whole Psalm, you can see a boastful, pride filled, confident -David #KnowYourGod style of writing. This is David being a witness too all that stands against him and his belief in God. Pure confidence! Can you take that stance too? You should! It is not a SECRET, meant to be kept hidden from people. He is there for you to know HIM. It is what He wants! You just have to seek HIM. Jeremiah 29:13 NIV “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart”. The “SECRET PLACE” of the most High, wow! In that place you are untouchable. I don’t know about you but, I seek to be under the shadow of the Almighty. How do I get to the secret place, so that I might be kept safe from all that seeks to destroy me? The Psalmist knew what he was talking about. In order to know the secret place you must have relationship with Him. Do you know God or do you just know of God? When you know God, you trust His word, you trust His promises, you step into your future knowing you have nothing to worry about! Can you really say like David, Psalms 46:2 NIV “Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea”
You need to decide, not to allow your faith to be shaken. You will be kept under His wing! I know what it feels like, to be in the midst of a storm in your life. Like a tornado that suddenly touches down. Once your caught in it you just have to find shelter. For the believer, that shelter is Jesus Christ and “we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” Romans 8:28 NIV We have to remind ourselves that we that have relationship with God, we have an advantage. We have access to the “secret place” through Christ. David knew His God, Do you know your God? It will get harder to breath once in the center of your tornado. The winds will bring what seems like uncertainty and you will see walls all around you. I even saw pieces of my life swirl away! But I refuse to loose my focus! I refused to sink! The winds of hate, bitterness, loneliness, disappointment, failure, abandonment, worthlessness and emptiness will surround you. But seek shelter in the secret place of God. Rest in the truth of His promises! Smile, because you have access to the secret place and you are safe, loved, you are wanted you have purpose!