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’.

The entire Psalm 91 is something every Christian should know by heart. The chapter does not mince words when enumerating the benefits of serving a living God. One may now begin to wonder, where exactly is this secret place of the Most High? The first thing you should know is that it is secret for a reason. It is not common knowledge. Not everybody can find it or get into it. The secret place is a place of sacred and holy concealment.

Before you can dwell in this place, you at least have to enter. Psalm 100: 4 says, ‘Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name’. This is the first step. Just like when you go and visit a person in his office, there are procedures.

First the main gate, then the reception, then the person’s personal secretary, depending on your relationship with the person, you may wait for hours or be given immediate audience. This protocol also come into play in seeking God’s face and dwelling in His secret place.

So therefore, if you enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise then you should enter into his secret place with prayer (Matthew 6: 6). So you see that the promises in the passage are not free of charge. It will be hard for a person who hasn’t developed a praying lifestyle to access the secret place.

Praise and worship is something that other people can lead you to, they put the words in your mouth. But nobody can put the words of prayer in your mouth. They may give you the prayer point, but you don’t repeat only what they told you. You personalise the prayer.

When you learn how to access the secret place, the attendant blessings follow.