In The Secret And Quiet Place
Psalm 91:1-6 (New English Standard Version) He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler. You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness, nor the destruction that wastes at noonday.
If you could visit with God in His home, what would you say to Him? Not in a Church, not in a coffee shop during a Bible study, but face-to-face, one-on-one, in a secret and quiet place? There are many verses that make mention of the ‘secret and quiet place’ of God. In both the Old and New Testaments, the house of God is interpreted as a ‘shelter,’ ‘refuge,’ or ‘fortress.’ In most of the Psalms, it is given certain imagery, taking the form of a ‘tent,’ or ‘camp.’ In our modern context, this can be interpreted simply as a ‘home.’ Of course, the home of God is not a teepee in an arid desert, or even a physical location. Instead, the Hebrew word cether specifically refers to a hiding place in which people are concealed. In other words, a secret, quiet place. It is important to note that this specific translation of ‘secret place’ indicates a highly individual and one-on-one interaction. The Christian who comes to Christ in the secret and quiet place is not only receiving shelter, refuge, and comfort, but also the complete and undivided attention of the Lord God Himself! Matthew 6:6 reflects the concept of the ‘secret place’ in a unique way, telling the Christian: “But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.”In this passage, Jesus is not asking Christians to hide their religion or prayers. Neither is He suggesting that God is hiding away or concealing Himself from the Christian. Instead, He is revealing a fundamental and powerful truth: in order to truly commune with Christ, we have to enter the secret place -- His secret place! So if the ‘secret and quiet place’ is not a physical or tangible location, how are we to meet God? Thankfully, it does not require any special rituals or actions in order to get there.
Praying continuously, consciously, and meaningfully provides an intimate spiritual connection with the Father unlike anything else.
Reading the Word of God provides incredible insights about God’s character and mannerisms, and creates an exhaustive roadmap on which we are to base our lives. The more of His instruction we read, the more like Christ we will become.
Fellowship with other believers is paramount to achieving a more Christ-like manner. Iron sharpens iron, just like believers will sharpen other believers during their earthly journey towards God.
The storms of this world are often overwhelming, and there are many times where our own ‘tents’ or ‘secret places’ are overrun with worry, fear, and enemies both human and demon. No matter the odds, no matter the circumstances, take refuge with God in the secret, quiet, and holy place.
How often do you strive towards finding God in His secret place, even in the midst of a humanly or earthly storm? Is there something preventing you from drawing nearer to the Throne? How can we as Christians create our own ‘secret places’ in which we might draw nearer to Him? Remember, a mighty fortress is our God! He will be waiting for you in the secret and quiet place.
Psalm 27:5 (English Standard Version) "For he will hide me in his shelter in the day of trouble; he will conceal me under the cover of his tent; he will lift me high upon a rock." Psalm 31:20 (New International Version) You hide them in the secret place of Your presence from the schemes of men. You conceal them in Your shelter from accusing tongues.