The Secret Place

The 91st Psalm is full of buoyancy and expectancy, not one of self-confidence, but one whose hope is rooted in God. It is Gratitude and wonder for a guardian angel who leads us through a life of great danger. “God is our refuge and strength a very present help in trouble.” Psalm 46

Religion is not an insurance policy against every form of adversity. They are not a promise of immunity from temptation, hardship, and failure. But, finding and residing in the secret place of the Most High is an immense protection from devastation. It is a place where we can ride through the hardships of life and come out the end unscathed.

Prayer is how we enter “the secret place of the Most High.” It is how we Commune (connect) with our higher power (God). The Bible tells us that we “live and move and have our being IN God,” which is the secret place.  It is a spiritual state of mind reached through consciousness. It sounds great, but it sure does not seem like that is where we are, does it?

I am experiencing a mortal, material existence, but that is not who I am. I am the image and likeness of my creator, higher power, God, for lack of a better word. When I am in the secret place, I can express that image and likeness here in this experience. I am always in that place in Reality, but to express it here, I need to feel it, see it, understand it before I can live it.

Psalms 91 gives me great hope; it tells me that no matter how bad this experience gets, I can be safe in God’s care. I can live through tough times and not experience despair because God is with me. My divine parent is always with me. BUT, here it comes; I have to believe it before I can experience it. If I doubt God’s protection, I cannot avail myself of it.

Remember, in the Bible, when Jesus was walking on water, and Peter wanted to walk out to meet Jesus? “And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?” (Matthew 14:29–31) It was fear and doubt that prevented Peter from walking on water. Those two things are what I realized prevented me from expressing God’s image and likeness here in this experience.

Christ Jesus dwelt in “the secret place” always and saw only God’s perfection, man in his image. He did not see sinning mortal man. Because of that, the harmony of God’s kingdom was seen by all who believed. To believe in a power apart from God is to dishonor God. I found that giving the human experience power led me into despair.

In the Interpreter’s Bible Commentary, I read this, “This hill, though high, I covet to ascend; The difficulty will not me offend, For I perceive the way of life lies here: Come, pluck up, heart, let’s neither faint nor fear: Better, though difficult, the right way go. Than wrong, though easy, where the end is woe.” I have found the easy way is not the best.

As I gained spiritual enlightenment, little by little, I started to see the secret place. It doesn’t show up all at once. Slow and steady changes in my belief system, from the mortal to the spiritual, and a desire to enter in, helped combat mortal minds temptations that made me think it might not be for me, or I was not strong enough, or good enough, or loving enough to enter in.  We all are. That is our home, where we reside as God’s image and likeness. He is waiting for us to find our way home. To reach the harmony of life innately ours, in the secret place of the most high, where life is eternal, untouched by material beliefs.

Yes, I have had many struggles finding my way, I have been beset by many difficult challenges, but I made it, and so can you. God’s arms encircled beneath, around above and held me safe through all the challenges I faced. Through child abuse, an immoral lifestyle, fear, being lied to, being married to an alcoholic, and then a schizophrenic, raising a child alone, and many bad choices in life. I stumbled and fell many times before I found Him. Still, he picked me up, and we went forward, and I came out the other end a much better and happier person.

This is what the 91st Psalm is all about, living through the bad times and finding your way home, to the secret place of the Most High.

1   He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
2   I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.
3   Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.
4   He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.
5   Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;
6   Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.
7   A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.
8   Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.
9   Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation;
10  There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.
11  For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.
12  They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.
13  Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.
14  Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.
15  He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.
16  With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.

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