26 March 2003

"He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty- Psalms 91:1,2 There is a place where the believer may go to find comfort and protection, a place to renew strength. It is the secret place of the most High. As the psalmist describes this secret place, he alludes to the Most Holy place, that sacred cubicle the High priest alone had access to in the time of this writing. The most prominent figure therein were the golden Cherubims, perched above the mercy seat, with glittering wings outstretched from wall to wall, for in verse four we read, "He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust." The Cherub is a protector of things, of openings and entrances. It was a Cherub that guarded the entrance into Eden. In this inner court, God's presence was manifested by the Shekinah of light, piercing upon the golden mercy seat, radiating reflections of resplendent light, causing a shadow to fall beneath the wings of the golden Cherubs. The psalmist's figurative language places us beneath the shadow of these wings, away from the noise, away from the crowd, away from the heat of the day, a place of prayer and solitude alone with God ... the secret place. This psalm is attributed to the pen of Moses. If we can view it through his experience we can learn much about his suggestive metaphors. He certainly knew about the tabernacle, for God gave him the blueprints for it on the mount. Perhaps during the building of it, this was his special "bower of prayer", his closet place alone with God, under the wings of the Cherub. We do not find Moses "dwelling" in this place for most of his career. This kind of trust is usually developed by experience. When God called him to deliver his people, many excuses were given for his fears. He even asked God to send another. It seems that his trust in God was developed over many experiences, trials and tribulations, in observing the Lord faithful in His promises to deliver him and his people. Therefore, to dwell in the secret place must be a symbol of closeness, of one being well acquainted with the object of their trust. It is spiritual maturity. Many times, we peer through the torn curtain into the inner sanctuary when troubles arise. Yet, few of us can say that we dwell therein with God. To describe the secret place, Moses uses the words "refuge" and "fortress". A refuge is a place the hunted animal seeks out for protection and rest. A fortress is a place where one runs to keep the enemy out. These are not places of duty. It is a place where we trust our problems to another. Who can labor when hunted and who can step out on promises when they are weary. Many of life's battles are that way. There is nothing we can do about them. We can lose our sleep, and even our sanity until we find this secret place and abide with them there. Are there sins of the past that you struggle with, take them to the secret place and leave them there. "Come unto me" is an invitation into the secret place where burdons are deposited into the hands of one stronger that we are. The invitation is always open. It is a comfort to know that such a place exists. And since the curtain was rent in twain at the death of Jesus, every heir of grace has access to this secret place, for every believer has been made a king and a priest with God. Lord, help us to find the secret place and dwell therein!