“He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress; my God, in Him I will trust.’ Surely, He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the perilous pestilence. He shall cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you shall take refuge;
His truth shall be your shield and buckler.”
The arrival of an invisible enemy has thrust upon us the need to temporarily adjust to a new way of life. The wheels of industry have been silenced, buying and selling has nearly ceased, and even traffic seems non-existent. With no sporting event in sight or hope of gathering in any way, every activity has been replaced with just one thing – sheltering in place for our protection.
Sheltering may seem like an inconvenience to be endured, but purposefully sheltering in “the secret place of the Most High” suggests otherwise. A Jewish mind would naturally think of this place as the Holy of Holies, open to the High Priest alone and even then, only once a year. But on this side of the cross, we know that the veil separating that inner sanctuary has been torn. In Christ, we have unlimited access to the private presence of God, where the soul’s deepest work is accomplished. Continually dwelling in the secret place moves us from acknowledgement of the word of God to intimately knowing the God who gave the Word. It’s a sanctuary for the soul who kneels in His presence, delights in His voice, and is revived in prayer. This is where His love and our worship merge together in an intimacy that is unashamedly real.
I like that the Almighty uses a bird to illustrate the protective covering of the secret place. When our girls were young we kept chickens, which are incredibly defensive of their offspring. It’s well known that a momma hen will sacrifice herself in order to shield her chicks. Not only are the little ones sheltering under her wings defended from predators, but her downy feathers provide them with comfort as well. What a great picture of our Lord’s complete care for us.
Dear believer, shelter in Him and be safe!
– Pastor Jack
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