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The Secret Place

He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. Psalm 91:1

There are times when life is absolute chaos. Our natural human response to trouble is “fight or flight.” Face the issue or run from it. What we choose depends on the situation, but there is another option in between “fight or flight” that we sometimes neglect. It is a powerful place that as Christians we can resort to in our time of need (Hebrews 4:16). Sometimes we just need to be still before the Lord (Psalm 46:10). When our fight or flight response is in overdrive it causes stress on the body mentally and physically. We begin to worry and doubt God (Philippians 4:6). We feel the need to make quick decisions for ourselves when we really need to step back, get alone with God, and re-focus. Jesus resorted to the wilderness to pray alone many times (Luke 5:16). The wilderness can seem like an awful lonely place, but Jesus still found solace and communion in His secret place with God. The secret place is sacred and should never be taken for granted, as Jesus died to grant us access to it. The secret place is in your heart – Gods dwelling place. If you love the Lord with all your heart, you will find Him there. If we abide in Him, He dwells in us. (Ezekiel 37:27)

In 1 Samuel 23 and 24 we read the story about Saul’s conquest to destroy David. David retreated to the wilderness to hide, but no matter how hard Saul tried he could not capture David. It wasn’t a physical place that kept David safe. There were times David was face to face with the enemy and he could have been defeated, but the Lord caused interference. The enemy was circling David trying to create a stronghold of fear, but the enemy could not touch him for he was God’s anointed. David found a stronghold/refuge in the wilderness that no enemy could break. The Ziphites may have figured out David’s physical hiding place, but they would never know where David’s true strength and protection came from, because they did not know or seek God. His name is a strong tower (Psalm 91:4; Proverbs 18:10)

Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. Psalm 32:7

 

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