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Does the Bible say anything of a secret place being valuable?
Depending on which Bible translation is used, the term secret place can appear dozens of times in both Old and New Testaments. Some translations use the words shelter, covering or dwelling instead of secret place. In the Old Testament, the term secret place comes from the Hebrew root word cether, which means “to hide or be concealed.” This word is used in the following: Psalm 139:15 My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. (KJV) . . . This speaks of the hidden world of a mother’s womb as a child develops. To me, this absolutely states that a person’s life BEGINS at conception! In todays’ wicked world, with abortion SO widespread and accepted, those high up in government say that life begins when a baby leaves the hospital. How utterly ridiculous!!!
This word is also used in: Psalm 32:7 Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. Selah. (KJV) . . . My dear friend, Almighty God is our Hiding Place! He protects His TRUE children from trouble.
Even though a secret place can refer to a physical location, it most often implies a state of a soul in its relationship with God. Psalm 27:5 For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock. (KJV) . . . In days of trouble, Almighty God will conceal me in His tabernacle. In the secret place of His tent, He will hide me. He will lift me up on the Rock. JESUS is the Rock! (1 Cor.10:4). The psalmist is NOT referring to an actual tabernacle or tent in which God will hide us from physical enemies. He is speaking of the state of comfort and peace God that gives us in the midst of trials and attacks.
The idea of a secret place originates with God. Because He is Spirit and His glory is beyond our ability to perceive, we must meet with Him in the secret places of our heart so we can felloeship with Him and feel His Presence. When Moses wanted to see the glory of God, the LORD explained that no man could see God and live. Exodus 33:20 And he said, Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live. (KJV) . . . So God allowed Moses to see His glory only from a secret place.
Exodus 33:22 And it shall come to pass, while my glory passeth by, that I will put thee in a clift of the rock, and will cover thee with my hand while I pass by: (KJV) . . . God told Moses that when His glory passes by, I will put you in a cleft in the rock and cover you with my hand until I have passed by. It is here that God gives us a glimpse into what we must do to experience the Presence of God. His glory can only be enjoyed when we enter His secret place.
Psalm 91:1 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. (KJV) . . . I think that this gives us the best illustration of the value of a secret place. Did you ever have a secret hiding place when you were a child? You slipped inside and felt protected from the world. God has a secret hiding place, and He invites each of us to join Him there. Notice that He does not invite us to visit. The Promise is to those who “dwell” there. To “dwell” means we live there. It becomes our address. God invites us to pack up and move to His secret place. To do so we must walk away from the appeal and enticements of the world. We must be willing to quiet our hearts before Him and allow Him to investigate those inner places we reveal to no one else. Secret places imply honesty and trust. We cannot join God in His secret place unless we are willing to be open and honest with Him. Read all Psalm 91.
Jesus said: Mat. 6:6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.(KJV) . . . Jesus was not really indicating a physical location, because we can pray anywhere, any time. But He means that if we really want to connect with God, we must enter into the secret place in our own heart and spirit, and meet God there. Quiet locations help, and we should seek solitude when we want to spend uninterrupted time with God. It also helps to have a selected place where we go to spend time with God. Jesus did this while on Earth. Even though He often prayed in public, He also slipped away from the crowds and even His closest friends to spend time alone with His Father in solitude (Mk.1:35; Lk.4:42). The secret place in Psalm 91 does not describe a physical location. It is a state of spiritual rest that prevails, no matter the outward circumstances.
James 4:8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. (KJV) . . . There is great benefit from dwelling in “the secret place of the Most High.” When we choose to leave behind the world’s delights in favor of a lifestyle of continual spiritual meditation, God draws near in new ways. We begin to see our sin the way God sees it (Isa.6:1-5). When we spend time in the Presence of God, it reveals our true thoughts (often sinful) and selfish motives (covetous, lust) that we might never admit without being in the secret place. From this secret place, the fruit of the Spirit takes root and grows (Gal.5:22). Only from this secret place can we begin to see our lives from an eternal perspective. Worldly frustrations lose importance.
We must not neglect our responsibilities or relationships to dwell in this secret place. The key to moving there is a total surrender to the Holy Spirit and the will of God for our lives. This decision dominates our actions and changes our outlook. When we obey, God meets us in His secret place (Jn.14:21). He teaches us and encourages us to remain. Our persistent choice to surrender fully to Him results in His continued strength to do so. If we expect our lives to bear lasting fruit, the power to bear that fruit has to come from time spent with Him in the secret place (Jn.15:4-5; 1 Cor.3:14-15; Ps.92:12-14).
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