I Am Thy Refuge, pt.3

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.Psalm 91:14
Next, in order to dwell in the "secret place" of the most High, we must personally know His name. It is possible to know His name by word without truly knowing Him personally. A dear brother in the faith, Lino Zarrillo, often says “don’t miss heaven by 15 inches!” while pointing to his own head and heart.  It is imperative that each one of us has eternal security and therefore, identity in Christ through a personal relationship with Him. God’s terms involve knowing Him through personal redemption through His Son’s spotless blood. This is the only propitiation to access the most intimate fellowship possible on this side of eternity. Every child of God can find comfort knowing that through every circumstance, we’re continuously being molded into the image of His Son (Romans 8:28). I encourage you to search out Psalm 91. Determine if you’ve experienced the benefits the psalmist describes or if you simply know them.

Abiding in Him is a choice.

The first verse of Psalm 91 uses the term "dwelleth." The suffix "-eth" denotes a verb which is ongoing and required in order to "abide under the shadow of the Almighty."  It is possible to dwell without abiding but the contrary is conditional, just like the Psalm in its entirety. As we look further into Psalm 91, we can find an action coupled with a promise from God with supernatural benefits that only El Shaddai can provide. So if we obey then we can enjoy the abundant blessings.
If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love.John 15:10

God requires for our hands to be spotless while dwelling in this safe haven of His presence. After the precious gift (Ephesians 2:8-9) of salvation, we must continue to keep our hearts clean in His sight, living uprightly, confessing our sins before our righteous, most High, Father. 

After entering the throne of grace on God’s terms, we are able to fellowship with Him in spirit and in truth (John 4:24). Only through these proverbial doors are we able to continue to enter the highly coveted "secret place." This habitation is a protected sanctuary with a mysterious and heavenly haven for only those with special access through salvation in Christ, humility, a clean and surrendered heart, and faith.  In The Treasury of David, Spurgeon states “Special grace like theirs brings with it special immunity. Outer court worshippers little know what belongs to the inner sanctuary, or surely they would press on until the place of nearness and divine familiarity become theirs. Those who are the Lord’s constant guests shall find that he will never suffer any to be injured within his gates…” (Spurgeon, C., p. 231) Let us often seek to access our Father’s secret place so that we can become more familiar with the covert of His wings and run to His refuge, especially in times of need.

Every time you find your vessel being tossed uncontrollably by the world’s cares, seek refuge in the only One who can calm the storm. Only our High, Almighty Lord can see what is ahead.  He has the ability to calm our fears amidst any storm. He’s inviting every one of His children to hunker down and rest in the secret place of the most High’s fortress as He navigates the sea that He controls. The vast, dark ocean will seem as a puddle compared to the inexplicable comfort and peace, resting in the mighty palm of His hand.  As Brother George Hammett also described: “No matter what happens, I’m protected under the shelter and care of my God and sustaining grace in His presence to walk me through the difficult valleys of life.” Truly, the secret place of the Most High is heaven on Earth.


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