The Secret Place - Part 3 The Place of Protection

by Todd Bentley
The Place of Protection

“You are my hiding place; You shall preserve me from trouble; You shall surround me with songs of deliverance.” ( Psalm 32:7 ) Our safety comes from our nearness to God, not in our distance from our enemies. John Newton, a converted slave ship owner, wrote these beautiful words to a song most of us will remember. “Through many dangers, toils and snares, I have already come. ‘This grace that has brought me safe thus far and grace will lead me home.”
 
Do you remember what you used to do as a youngster when you were in bed and heard scary noises? What did you do? If you were like most kids, you pulled the covers over your head as though that might help. This is a natural response to fear and shows our craving for protection. 
 
Using this example of pulling the covers over your head might help you better understand Psalm 91:4 better. “He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings, you will find refuge…” Like a mother hen, God will cover you with his feathers as you rest under his wings. This is your place of refuge, the secret place.
 
Let’s go back to the beginning of Psalms 91:1-3, 5-6. “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day; Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday. A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.”
 
The power of Divine protection, beautifully expressed in these verses, is reserved for those that are permanent residents in the secret place. You are safe, not because of the absence of danger, but because of the presence of God. God has a plan of protection when the storms of life come against you. The Palmist mentions that Father protection us from war, diseases, calamities, and the like.
 
In Mathew’s Henry’s commentary, we find a particularly powerful observation of the Psalmist’s words in Psalm 91. “It is the character of a true believer that he dwells in the secret place of the Most High; he is at home in God, returns to God, and reposes in him as his rest; he acquaints himself with inward religion, and makes heart-work of the service of God, worships within the veil, and loves to be alone with God, to converse with him in solitude. It is the privilege and comfort of those that do so that they abide under the shadow of the Almighty; he shelters them and comes between them and everything that would annoy them, whether storm or sunshine. They shall not only have an admittance but a residence, under God’s protection; he will be their rest and refuge forever.” [1]

Blessings,

Todd Bentley

[1] Bible Study Tools, Mathew Henry Commentary, Psalm 91  http://www.biblestudytools.com/commentaries/matthew-henry-complete/psalms/91.html , Referenced March 23, 2017

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