Grace Protestant Reformed Church

We Dwell in the Secret Place

Date: PM
Text: Psalm 91:1-4
Psalters: 355, 71, 248, 346
Confession of Faith
  1. The safe place.
    1. This statement declares that the believer has a “secret place,” a hiding place, a place of shelter from pursuers.
      1. It is “secret” because it is unknown to the earthly eye and to the unbeliever/sin (Isa. 57:20,21).
      2. It is likely that Moses was thinking of the Holy of Holies, where God dwelt in the midst of His people (Ps. 27:5; Ez. 7:22).
      3. Therefore to live in Jesus Christ by His sacrifice is to dwell in the secret place of the Most High.
    2. Equally expressive of intimate nearness is “the shadow of the Almighty” and the “Most High.”
      1. To have the shadow of a companion fall on you, you must walk very close to him/her.
      2. Moses declares that the nearness we have to the Most High is that we are as covered with His feather and under His wings.
  2. Safety when?
    1. Notice that your text is a statement of fact. It is a shout of joyful security in the midst of darkness or trouble.
    2. This statement of fact arises from a sense of a great need on the part of Moses.
      1. Moses had to face a mighty Pharaoh who was very ungodly, who had no need to see or listen to Moses.
      2. We also need a place of shelter.
    3. When we dwell (abide) in the Most High’s secret shelter in Christ, then we know that the Almighty (Shaddai) is there!
    4. Because God knows us and loves us, He reminds us that we are in His shelter, in His refuge. We are covered by His wings.
  3. Safety for whom? You are able to say, “I will say of Jehovah, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in Him will I trust” (Psalm 91:2).
    1. It is principally Jesus Himself Who speaks here (remember that Satan applied verses 11,12 to Jesus).
    2. The Hebrew has the believer saying this TO Jehovah.
    3. The truth that Jehovah is always near is our shield and buckler, providing protection in every way from every enemy.
    4. This is the confident confession of the people of His love and friendship.