Dwelling In The Secret Place

Psalm 91:1 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

This is a fascinating verse? “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.” That’s amazing! Does this verse remind you of anything Paul wrote to the members of the gentile “body of Christ”?

Psalm 91 is about how Moses, along with the other believers within the nation of Israel, can claim the Lord as their refuge and exist within the comfort and security of His protection.

Moses first says, “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High…” Where is this secret place? I’d suggest that secret place is the same hidden place where we exist, “hid with Christ in God,” because every saint is designed to be part of that same temple of the Lord at the end of Eph. 2.

Moses then adds “the shadow of the Almighty.” He’s telling the believers of Israel, if you’re abiding IN the secret place, THEN you are also UNDER “the shadow of the Almighty.” Being IN the secret place is to also be UNDER the shadow of the Almighty.” The Jewish believer who abides under the shadow of the Almighty and under the protection of the Almighty, existing in His secret place.

How is this a secret? It’s hidden in plain sight. But the human eye cannot see this.

There is a similar but different principle that is also true of the members of “His body.” In Colossians 3, after Paul talks about setting your affection on things above, he wrote;

3For ye are dead, and your life is HID with Christ in God. 4 When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in [heaven’s] glory.” Colossians 3:3-4 (KJV)

First, how can we be dead when we’re all still alive?

The moment we believed in who Christ was and what He accomplished at Calvary’s Cross; the Father gave us Christ’s own eternal “spirit of life.” The moment we believed, we were all instantly baptized by the Holy Spirit into Christ into “His body” (Rom. 6:3), which means we all died, not literally, but we spiritually died with Christ. We were through the Spirit identified with Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection as Ours, which is how His eternal life became a reality in us. We spiritually died with Christ, and we’re now also ‘risen with Christ’ (Rom. 6:4), which makes us recipients of His eternal life, which gives us His victory over sin and death that He accomplished on our behalf through His sacrifice at Calvary.

“Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized [merged] into Jesus Christ were baptized [merged] into his death? 4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: [so] that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.” Romans 6:3-4 (KJV)

When Christ walked this Earth, He was visible to the human eyes, but now in Heaven, we cannot see Him with our eyes.

  • Thus, our eternal life hid with Christ in God” is a reality that cannot be seen.
  • And our identification with Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection is a reality that cannot be seen.
  • Our membership in “the Body of Christ” is a reality that cannot be seen.
  • Our spiritual baptism is a reality that cannot be seen.
  • Our spiritual “circumcision made without hands” severing us from “the flesh” is a reality that cannot be seen.
  • Us becoming ‘new creatures’ is a reality that cannot be seen.
  • Our being “seated in the heavenly places in Christ” is a reality that cannot be seen.
  • Our blessings in Christ, like having “all spiritual blessings” is a reality that cannot be seen.

So now, as believers, we can only accept by faith the “evidence of things not seen,” walking by faith according to these truths, which means we will be hid in God until ‘we appear with Christ in heaven’s glory.” From that moment unto eternity, Our life IN Him Will No Longer Be Hid but manifested “in the heavenly places.”

“For ye are dead, and Your Life Is Hid With Christ In God. 4 When Christ, Who Is Our Life, Shall Appear, Then Shall Ye Also Appear With Him In [Heaven’s] Glory.” Colossians 3:3-4 (KJV)

Holding faithful in our spiritual blessing of being IN PERFECT UNION WITH CHRIST gives us power to endure until that day when we shall appear with Him in heaven’s glory, “far above….”

“Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:” Ephesians 1:20-21 (KJV)

“Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, 21 Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.” Ephesians 3:20-21 (KJV)

Now we can see Paul can says we ought to be looking for Christ’s soon ‘glorious appearing – since we today are invisibly one with Him, but then we shall “appear with Him.”

Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Titus 2:13 (KJV)