The Secret Place
by Impact Church
Psalm 91:1 “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.”
Every year our family takes a trip to the beach. We relish slowing down and feeling the sand between our toes as waves crash against the shore in perfect rhythm. Our days brim over with the therapeutic sound of our children’s carefree laughter as they happily scoop buckets of ocean water and build countless masterpieces in the sand. We wake up early, stay up late, and soak up every minute we’re privileged to spend together. As much as we cherish our time in the sun, after a few days, we must pack our bags, load the van, and begin the drive back home. Vacations, while refreshing, always come to an end.
In Psalm 91, we read about a “secret place” of refreshing where we, as believers, can dwell. Dwell means to “sit down, live, and remain.” In our frantic, busy, on the go society, to sit down seems lazy, unproductive, and wasteful. We have been conditioned, as a generation, to believe that if we aren’t busy then we aren’t being wise stewards of our time.
The truth, however, is that God does not call us to busy; He desires instead that we be fruitful. We each have responsibilities to fulfill but we were never meant to live in a constant state of chaos, overwhelmed, or running in circles. We can be fruitful wherever God has planted us.
Yes, even here.
Even now. In this house. In this season. With our packed planner, overflowing laundry basket, and mile long to-do list. But how?
Psalm 62:1 says, “Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from Him.” When we intentionally slow down and spend time with the Lord we experience ultimate refreshing and soul rest. The opportunity we have to dwell in the secret place of His presence is a precious gift that we could never earn. When Jesus uttered the words, “it is finished,” direct access to God’s presence was re-established forever. The penalty for our sins was paid in full. The blood of Jesus permanently opened a way for us to have direct access to God 24-7, 365 days a year. We can unpack our bags and make ourselves at home now. Since Jesus bridged the chasm separating us from our Creator there’s no longer anything standing in the way of continual communion with Him.
We are invited to dwell, abide, linger, and live in the secret place with Him. He invites us to the table, pulls out a chair, and then asks us to sit down and stay. It’s in this beautiful place with the Lord that we are equipped to live fruitful, productive lives. For far too long we’ve attempted to do things for God instead of with God. Hastily accomplishing things then coming to drink from His presence once we are tired and thirsty. We were made for more.
As His beloved sons and daughters, we are invited to dwell with Him, drinking deeply of His love, mercy, grace, and peace. From this place of contentment we are enabled to go out and joyfully fulfill our responsibilities while still abiding in Him. We never again have to leave His presence. What wonderful news! Let’s remember this week that it’s in the coming in and going out with Him, not the going out then coming in to Him, that we can faithfully serve in our sphere of influence and produce much fruit for the glory of God.