The Secret Place
Have you ever had your own little secret place;
a place where you could go to get away from it all;
a place where you could be alone with your thoughts?
Little children often find such a place where they can feel secure.
Sometimes it’s a tree house, hidden among the limbs and leaves, where you can pull up the rope or the ladder and nobody else can get in.
When I was a kid, my dad built me a little 6 x 6 clubhouse in the backyard..
I can remember spending a lot of time in that clubhouse just talking to God and thinking about things.
Some of you might have had your secret place in a closet, or just a spot in the woods where you could be alone.
We live in such a fast-paced and demanding world that we all need a secret place now and then, where we can get alone with our thoughts; and alone with God.
The Bible tells us that we all need that “secret place”.
Jesus was teaching his disciples about prayer when he said in, Matthew 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."
This closet represents our little secret place; a place where we can get alone with God in prayer.
That “Prayer Closet” can be anywhere.
It can be a certain stump or log in the woods, or just a long walk in the open field.
For a lot of people it’s behind the steering wheel of a car, or when you are lying awake in the early hours of the morning, perhaps kneeling beside your bed.
Wherever it is, and however you do it, you must have a prayer closet, for there is where you learn to commune with God on a very personal level.
Psalms 91:1 tells us that there is great value in having that secret place with God, "He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty."
In the days of King David, when this Psalm was written, there was a very special secret place where a man could truly be alone with God.
There were very few that ever found that place, or were able to enter in.
It was called the Holy of Holies in the Tabernacle, or the Temple and it was a place where a man could be in the very presence of El Shaddai, “God Almighty; The All Sufficient One”.
It was a place where the glory and majesty of God shone forth in its greatest manifestation on earth.
It was the very center of God’s presence among men.
What an awesome experience that must have been; to stand before the Ark of the Covenant; to look upon the brightness of His glory, and to see the very glory of God as it shone upon the Mercy Seat between the Cherubims!
That was the ultimate in secret places.
The first one to enter that place was Moses and after him, only the High Priest of Israel on very special occasions could enter there.
The great thing about this secret place with God is that now every Born Again, Blood Washed, Child of God, can enter into that place with God.
We all have access to the Holy of Holies where we can be alone with God.
What is this secret place in God? It is in the very heart of God;
In the center of his love, his mercy, his grace, and His will.
It is in this place that we are brought by the power of the Holy Spirit and the Blood of the Lamb.
No one can enter there except through the blood of Jesus.
No one can feel the perfect love of God…
No one can comprehend the richness of his grace…
And no one can know the very heart of God until we come to that secret place in Him.
In the Old Testament it was only the Priest who could ever enter into that secret Place of the Holy of Holies and the congregation of Israel had to stand on the outside.
The congregation could only “imagine” was the secret place was like.
The wayfarer and the sojourner could only “presume” what was beyond the skins, and the drapes of the Tabernacle.
But when Jesus Christ came he removed the “veil” which hid mankind from the “Secret Place.”
Jesus Christ came and became the mediator between earth and Heaven and man can now come into that “Secret Place” and experience time with God Himself.
Psalms 91:2, "I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust."
When we enter into that Secret Place in God is when we begin to learn that we can truly lean on Him.
Psalms 91:3-5, "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;"
David knew what it was to be hunted in an attempt to be snared by his enemies.
King Saul was constantly after him to kill him.
Such is the condition of those who don’t know Christ.
Unless the mercy of God reaches out to them and awakens them to their sinful condition, they come to the end of their days and are suddenly aware of the snare; a trap from which there is no escape.
I thank God that we can be set free from the snare of the devil.
Like an eagle protects her young, God Almighty, the “All-Sufficient One” has us under His wing if we are one of his own.
The arrows that fly by day are the temptations and attacks of our enemy that are meant to kill the soul, destroy our faith and steal our eternal life.
But we need not fear them for our God is able to destroy all of the works of the enemy.
Psalms 91:7-8, "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.”
If we dwell in the Secret Place with God then we can be assured that He will give us deliverance and victory when everything else and everyone else around is dying and facing the wrath of God.
In these last days this is a very comforting thought; to know that no matter what the world will face…
No matter what disasters may come; our God is able to deliver us through it all.
Psalms 91:11, "For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways."
Psalms 91:15-16, "He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honor him. With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation."
What a privilege we have in Jesus; that we can call upon him day or night!
There is an old song that goes like this:
Central’s never busy, somebody is always on the line
You can hear from heaven just about any time
Its a royal service and its free for one and all
When you get in trouble Give this royal line a call
Telephone to glory, oh, what joy divine!
I can feel the current moving on the line.
Made by God the Father for His very own,
You may talk to Jesus on this royal telephone.
God doesn’t ignore prayer.
A lot of people don’t pray because they don’t think there’s anyone listening.
Because the answer doesn’t come immediately, or because they don’t get the answer they want; they quit praying.
It’s hard work sometimes, getting into that Secret Place in God.
But keep knocking, keep seeking; keep asking – God hears your cry and He has promised to answer.
Are you dwelling in God’s Secret Place this morning?
Do you know Jesus as your Savior?
Have you been washed in the Blood of the Lamb and Born Again by the power of the Holy Ghost?
In the words of Jesus himself, as recorded in Revelation 22:17, "...And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely. "
There’s always room for more in God’s Secret Place!