Not all are destined of God to be in the the spotlight of life. Some are left finding themselves most of the time in places of silence and solitude; where others don’t seem to have a way of coming around or calling. I believe some are designed to be set apart uniquely where they are hardly recognized or seen of others. Some love to be left alone there while others may resent finding themselves so frequently “somehow shielded from being seen or recognized by others”.
So am I addressing someone here today in particular? So do one of these two expressions fit you? Do you find yourself in one of these two places; either loving and cherishing “the alone feeling” or are you fighting it, seemingly tooth and nail asking God “why me”? Why do others seem to forget about me all the time” and are out enjoying social interaction while I “miss out” on on what they get to enjoy and I do not? Why do I always find myself seemingly alone? Do you find yourself in there or somewhere in between? Perhaps God desires to prepare you so you may fully be able to walk out His story for your life and is simply trying to lovingly get your attention, ear, focus and heart?
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” (Psalm 91:1)
“He who dwells’ can be stated as one who securely makes his mainstay and space of living. He shall lodge quietly and securely. “Will abide” means to live and flourish in a sense of completeness and wholeness. Discovering a cool and resting place under the covering of shade from the heat of the day. Here I also “pass the night”. I find myself “shut in” with God in a secret or “unknown to most others place”, where the activity of the regular and normal world is “shut out” a bulk of the time. There I in the Spirit beholding the face of the Father. Here I gain an empowerment known by perhaps few in this world. Here I discover the fuel, incentive and driving passion to run in a race where seemingly few are willing to follow. Am I perhaps in preparation for something phenomenal? Am I being called to “make the cut” or “sacrifice’ to be called aside for an area of service that perhaps only God knows of and has He has drawn me aside to prepare and be equipped for such? I may find that I am one who may not be known and recognized among most people. I love to be “shut in” with God. One who is in intimate, personal, secret, in abiding communion with God, dwelling near the mercy seat, within the veil.
A most blessed privilege for one to experience indeed. Invited of God, who draws me into the Shekinah of His Presence, protected, refreshed, and comforted by him, and that carries into all of eternity.
While kneeling or laying before Him in prayer, I discover His Beauty and Goodness (Glory) there, bowing in wonder at His matchless and overwhelming grace. I wish I could share this secret with every person I come into relationship with in life. My strength is renewed and I can mount up and soar as with the graceful ascent of an eagle up into the updraft of an endless supply of current in support that would seem to enable me to soar the heavens for an eternity.
“You O Lord are my hiding place, always filling my heart with songs of deliverance
whenever I am afraid. Whenever the enemy of my soul would lash out at me in fear over the measure of provision in which I receive from being met with You in such a way. I fall into and rest into Your loving arms of everlasting support. Here though my body falters, Yet I am kept.
I will trust in You, in knowing as I am weakened and brought to a frailty in frame from the affliction within the fray, I will trust in You and declare my weakness as turned into Your strength.
My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. (Psalm 139:15)
Here it speaks of the hidden world of a mother’s womb as a child develops. But this word is also used in Psalm 32:7: “You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.”
In Psalm 27:5 we find, “For in the day of trouble He will conceal me in His tabernacle (Presence); In the secret place of His tent He will hide me; “He will lift me up on a rock”, speaking of the state of peace God gives in the midst of trials and attacks. A “lasting” peace that passes all of our understanding is found here.
Here God gives us a glimpse into what He asks of us to do in order to experience a fuller manifest Presence of God. It costs much in the light of how most choose to live out their “Normal lives”. Most of us have very little insight into what true sacrifice in this sense calls us to. Allow me to illustrate and perhaps shed some light further on this in the way of perception.
This is a picture the psalmist is painting in Psalm 91. God has a secret hiding place, and He invites each of us to join Him there. Notice that He does not invite us to “visit”. The promise is to those who “dwell” there. To “dwell” means we live there. It becomes our address. God invites us to pack up and move to His secret place. To do so we must walk away from the clamor and enticements of the world. We must be willing to quiet our hearts before Him and allow Him to investigate those inner recesses we reveal to no one else. Secret places imply honesty and trust and absolute transparency. We cannot join God in His secret place unless we are willing to be transparent and honest with Him.
So do have a tendency to hold to a reluctance of letting go of “being vulnerable”?Can you become subjective to something beyond and greater than the mental framework of what you think and know? Do you insist on having sole “control” in the decision making process in the direction your steps in life take and how you are to navigate them? Can you completely take your hands off the controls and take the co-pilot position and submit in total absolute surrender to the “Captain”? Do you fully trust in the overall knowing and oversight of the Captain of your soul; Jesus?
Imagine being ten years old and finding a secret hiding place under the stairs or in the bushes. You slipped inside there, and it felt magical! You felt safe and protected from the world. You imagined that you could live there all the time and no one could find you. Often, you invited your best friend to share it with you, because secret hiding places are better shared with someone you love and trust.
I have endeavored to paint a “figurative picture” here today in hopes of taking you out of your normal realms of perception. This is an “illustration” to help get our perception off from ourselves and more onto the Master and from His Love may we esteem the “other people’s needs” in our lives “above” the “what I want” mentality’ that tends to come so natural to most of us most of the time.
We do not have to neglect our responsibilities or relationships to dwell in this secret place. The key to moving there is a total surrender to the Holy Spirit and the will of God for our lives. This decision dominates our actions and changes our outlook. As we obey, God meets us in His secret place (see John 14:21). He teaches us and encourages us to remain. Our continual choice to surrender fully to Him results in His continued strength to do so. If our lives are to bear lasting fruit, the power to bear that fruit comes from time spent with Him in the secret place (John 15:4–5; 1 Corinthians 3:14–15; Psalm 92:12–14).
So this amounts to a change in lifestyle that can call you and I to some radical choices. The question is are we willing to adhere to such choices no matter what, once we declare before the Lord that we will turn from having it our way to complete surrender to being constant in the mind of Christ? This is not keeping a tally of do’s and do not’s and mentally measuring up to obtain God’s favor. You already have all of His favor because Jesus secured that on His cross for all. This “is” to fully acknowledge and demonstrate through our daily walk that our bodies (and entire life expression) “are” to be a resting place for His glory (goodness) to be continually manifest.
Some simply choose be more radical in their approach to what it takes for them to be show up in “outstanding measures” that exemplify truly having their being in full expression of “dwelling” in the secret place of the Most High God.
So how much focus and investment of time and expense do we pour into trying to capture the continual affirmation, approval, and the recognition from others? Give that some consideration. Especially now that you are aware that all these be fulfilled and met “in the secret place”. Society has truly gone out of it’s way to keep this a secret and to keep us so very distracted in the business of life.
This is a time for an “unveiling” of this secret which is no secret at all wouldn’t you say? Where do you find yourself at this moment?