The Secret Place

“He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall 
abide under the shadow of the Almighty.”
Psalm 91:1

If you’ve been reading for a while, you may recall that “dwell” is word deeply close my heart.  One that I aspire to, long for, and desire.  I long to dwell where I am and be content with my circumstances, whatever they may be.  Most importantly, though, I want to dwell where God is.  If He moves, I want to move.  If He stops, I want to be so in synch with Him, that I stop as well—to dwell, be, and rest with Him.

I love how the verse talks about “dwelling in the secret place”.  When I first read this I thought, “Where do you find the secret place?  If there’s a secret place where God is, I want to find it!”  Other translations refer to the secret place as a “shelter.”

Secret place or shelter, that’s what I long for.  To be with God right where He is and dwelling in His shelter.

Delve further into this little verse and you’ll find that that some biblical scholars think that the original word for Almighty, Shadday, is a compound word blending sheh, meaning which or who, and day, meaning sufficient.  Put them together and what do you get??  Shadday—the all-sufficient God; One who is all His people need.  

“He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall 
abide under the shadow of our All-Sufficient 
God (eternally capable of being all His people need).”

Check out the Amplified version:

“HE WHO dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall remain stable and fixed under the shadow of the Almighty [Whose power no foe can withstand].”

 Those who dwell in the secret place remain stable and fixed under the shadow of the Almighty…LOVE!

When we seek to dwell in God’s shelter, we discover a God who’s shadow is so vast that it takes us in, stabilizes us, fills us up, and is all-sufficient.  What an incredible promise!  

 

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