Finding God’s secret place
Only resistance to those negative influences will keep them from hindering our times of true personal fellowship with the Lord. God has provided a way for us to find that place of intimacy with Him.
David tells us about the benefits of that place in Psalms 91:1-2 “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.”
In this scripture we find David relating to God in several ways through His name. The “Most High” refers to God being greater than any threat or distraction that comes our way. The name “Almighty” stresses God’s power to confront and to destroy Satan’s plots against us. David calls God “the Lord” which is the assurance that God’s presence is always with us as we yield ourselves to His guidance and protection. When David calls Him “my God” he is associating himself with God intimately in a fully trusting way.
Throughout the Psalms we begin to understand that David truly found the secret place in God as his hunger to know God deepened. He began his quest for fellowship with God through repentance of his sins.
As David wrote the Psalms, his love poems to God reveal his fervency to know Him, not just in His power but also in His glorious presence. It also reveals God’s acceptance of David as a man “after His own heart” because of his seeking for the secret place.
Palms 63:1-4 was written by David when he was in the wilderness of Judah. He said “O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is: To see thy power and thy glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary, Because thy loving kindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee. Thus will I bless thee while I live; I will lift up my hands in thy name.” Psalms 31:20 “Thou shalt hide them (believers) in the secret of thy “presence” from the pride of man: thou shalt keep them “secretly in a pavilion” from the strife of tongues.”
So how do we find that “secret place” with God today? In the very same way David did. First we must confess our sins that obviously pull us away from God and also those hidden things in our hearts such as bitterness, anger, jealousy etc. Psalms 32:5 “I acknowledged my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the Lord; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin.”
Secondly our hearts must cry out to God acknowledging our desire to know Him in a personal way. Jesus said in Matthew 5:6 “Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.” Psalms 42:1: “As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God.” David says he desired to know God more than he desired the necessities of life.
David learned over time as his relationship with God became stronger, that he could trust God with his very life. Psalms 32:7 says “Thou art my hiding (secret) place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance.” David built an earthly tent on Mount Zion for God to dwell it, but David knew that was not sufficient for God’s true kingdom is in our hearts.
As the pressures and confusions in our present world swirl around us, how much more do we need to find that “set apart” place in God? However, God will never violate our own will by dragging us into that secret place. It is a matter of our own choosing to respond to God’s wooing in every aspect of our lives, so He can protect us and guide us into a more intimate relationship with Him. In our searching for God, His Word will become a personal love letter to us. David sums up his quest by submitting his own will to God in Psalms 16:11 “Thou wilt show me the path of life: in thy presence is fullness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.”
Bonnie Lyda is a Bible Studies Teacher at Mena First Assembly of God. Send her an email to email@example.com. Special thanks to the Mena Star for sending Lyda's columns to First Arkansas News.