Summary: This message was inspired by recent events that have occurred. It provides insights on how to cope and realize the assurance and hope that as believer in Jesus Christ, we have a place of safety.
Safety in the Secret Place
Psalm 91:1 (KJV) 1He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
All of us have moments in our lives that we have felt exposed to experiences that we did not want to be in and have longed for it to just be over. I have days when I just felt overwhelmed by my circumstances and just wanted to give up. I had to learn how to find a safety zone and get myself together. Sometimes we forget who we are and what we have on the inside of us. I want to remind you that we have the presence of God in us and in Him we find safety.
Observation 1: “You Will Find God’s Presence”
His presence bring you closer to Him where your trust in Him develops. God’s presence allows you to worship Him in a deeper way that allows your faith and confidence to develop. His presence will fortify your faith. To be fortified is similar to taking your vitamins or medication. You will be rendered ineffective without it and you will not be able to function at your optimum ability.
His presence will help you overcome a sense of isolation. The enemy wants us to be isolated from each other to weaken our testimony and unity. The plot of the enemy is to keep you isolated and cause you to believe that no one cares for you. We need each other and we must learn how to be longsuffering. To be longsuffering means that we are more patient and less likely to give a heated or emotional response, also more forgiving and understanding. We should seek to be more longsuffering in our relationships because we never know when we will need the same response from someone else. You will reap what you sow!
His presence will teach you how to pray and communicate with Him and know how to navigate your reality.
His presence causes you to abide and learn the rules of engagement so you can survive what you are going through.
Observation 2: “You Will Be Safe From Hidden Traps”
The MSG Bible translates vs. 2 as “He rescues you from hidden traps and shields you from deadly hazards.”
There will be things that we don’t see coming and will cause us to be taken aback. The older saints used to pray and thank God for dangers seen and unseen. But when we remain in His presence, we will be less likely to trip out. I have literally seen people check out on God. I believe this happens when we lose our focus and stop relying on God as our safety zone.
God will also protect you from plagues of mischief. What is this? Verse 3 says “the fowlers snare and from the deadly pestilence.” This is best characterized as one who catches birds in a trap and is usually dressed as one thing but is meant to destroy you. The flip side of the plaque of mischief is keeping you on stable ground and one allowing God to be the stronghold, not depending on your own resources and not being a source of manipulation.
I have had feelings of hopelessness but had to realize that what I was went through was for my making. I also learned that God will create situations to allow us to know that He can and will deliver us!