Monday, November 06 2017
There are many things in the scripture that we read, sing about and preach about that may leave you scratching your head while asking what it all means. In Psalm 91, the Psalmist wrote “He that dwellest in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.” This is not a sentence that we would craft in American English, but it has meaning and the Word of God is powerful. Therefore these words are anointed by God, settled in Heaven and powerful.
The word “dwellest” in the original language is “Yashab” meaing “to sit, to be set, remain or to abide.” This implies that not everyone will live in the secret place of the most High, but there will be those that pass by or through it. God wants us to remain. He wants us to live in the secret place. It was Charles Spurgeon that wrote of the secret place, “Into the secret place those only come who know the love of God in Christ Jesus, and those only dwell there to whom to live is Christ. To them the veil is rent, the mercy-seat is revealed, the covering cherubs are manifest, and the awful glory of the Most High is apparent.” Another commentary describes the secret place where those that enjoy an intimate relationship with God...a type of the Garden of Eden.
The “shadow of the Almighty” is the protection and love of God. The Psalmist penned in Psalm 17:8, “Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of thy wings.” King Solomon would write in Song of Solomon 2:3, “As the apple tree among the trees of the wood, so is my beloved among the sons. I sat down under his shadow with great delight, and his fruit was sweet to my taste.” God protects those that He loves.
How do we remain or dwell in the secret place of the most High while under the shadow of the Almighty? This is done by maintaining our relationship with Jesus Christ through prayer, fasting, studying His Word and faithfulness to the house of God. We have to be “all in” for Jesus. At church yesterday, we sang the old hymn “I Surrender All”. This is a powerful song not simply because we sing it, but because we pray it also.
In your life of prayer, ask God to reveal to you what it takes to dwell in the secret place of the most High under the shadow of the Almighty. He will reveal it to you. It may be against what your flesh wants to do, but if you can overcome the flesh living in the shadow of the Almighty is the best place you will ever be.
Have a wonderful week!