“He that dwelleth in the secret place of the Most High shall abide
the shadow of the Almighty.” Ps. 91:1
f there is such a “place” I want to find it, this “secret place of the
Most High.” I want to know its longitude and its latitude. Job once
lamented that he could not find it (Job. 23:3). One moment it is at
Bethel that we find the “gates of heaven, but like the manna of the
wilderness, when we come back again it is no longer there. Is it in
Bethlehem? Then we will head off with the wise men and knock at the
door of the inn, but the manger is now empty. John “outran” Peter to
the sepulcher, but they did not find him there either.
Upon every place Jesus was said to ever walk, sit, or pray, some
religious franchise will lease the spot, erect a chapel, and charge
admission. Or some entrepreneur will set up a card or souvenir shop
right in front of it. For that reason, if you find the “secret place”
it is best to keep it secret.
“Job, there is such a place.” Jesus talked about it. He called it a
closet. It is the place large enough for only you and God. It is a
place of communion, and quiet, and as the hushed Sea of Galilee after
the Lord’s rebuke, it is a place of great calm.
It is the place where worries wilt, wars cease, and worship is the very
air you breathe. It is the place where wounds heal, and saints kneel in
order to find the feet of God. The secret place is where the
surrendered soul is held up to God like a living sacrifice, and the
light of heaven dances in the folds, joints, and marrow of a
transparent and open heart. It is where the lost Urim and
be found. It is where the daily treasure of God’s will and grace for
each and every day is discovered. While what goes on there is secret,
the results are open and evident to all. (Mt. 6:6).