Summary: He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty
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Pastor James May
Dwelling in God’s Secret Place
Psalms 91:1-16, "He that dwelleth 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 will I trust. Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler. Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day; Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday. A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee. Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked. Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation; There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling. For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone. Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet. Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name. He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him. With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation."
Throughout the Bible we find references to the Secret Place in God. In this secret place there is special protection and provision for those who would dare to believe God and trust Him to be their God in every situation and circumstances. God’s miracles of protection and His power to keep the people of God in the face of great difficulties are seen time and again throughout the Bible but personal experiences are scarce. It’s as though God has ceased to be a God of great miracles to many people.
But God does not change. He is the same yesterday, today and forever and is not respecter of persons. Therefore, since God is the same, why then don’t we hear more about the power of God in performing of miracles for His people?
Certainly there are some stories of God’s miracles in deliverance of his people. Take this true story for example:
John Paton was a missionary in the New Hebrides Islands. One night hostile natives surrounded the mission station, intent on burning out the Patons and killing them. Paton and his wife prayed during that terror-filled night that God would deliver them. When daylight came they were amazed to see their attackers leave. A year later, the chief of the tribe was converted to Christ. Remembering what had happened, Paton asked the chief what had kept him from burning down the house and killing them. The chief replied in surprise, "Who were all those men with you there?" Paton knew no men were present--but the chief said he was afraid to attack because he had seen hundreds of big men in shining garments with drawn swords circling the mission station.
If we are to see miracles and sign like this, we must be in that Secret Place in God, but if we are to get into that place and remain there, we must learn some things about that Place.
I want to answer several questions for you in this sermon:
1)What is this place called the Secret Place in God?
2)How can I dwell in this Secret Place?
3)What can keep me from or cause me to leave this place in God?