HIDING in the SECRET PLACE of GOD for REFUGE: "One thing I have desired of the Lord, that will I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in His temple. For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion; in the secret place of His tabernacle He shall hide me; He shall set me high upon a rock." (Psalms 27:4-5)
Psalms 27 is a timeless poem written by King David, where he first of all expresses his confidence in God (vv. 1-3) and his love of communion with God in His temple (vv. 4-6). David then concludes with an acknowledgment of the sustaining power of faith in his own case (vv. 7-11), and an exhortation to others to follow his example (vv. 12-14).
There is a place of refuge from the storms of this life, which is called the ‘secret place’ (v. 5). This is the place where God hides His beloved – this is the sanctuary of His presence. We can read about this in one of the other prayers of David: "You shall hide them in the secret place of Your presence from the plots of man; You shall keep them secretly in a pavilion from the strife of tongues" (Psalms 31:20). This was the sanctuary that David looked to see God’s power and glory when he was in the wilderness (Psalms 63:1-2). This secret place is like the eye of the storm – an inner sanctuary of peace and tranquility.
In order to dwell in the ‘secret place’ of God, there are six important principles that we need to remember (based on Psalms 27:1-5):
- Remember to have confidence in God (v. 1)
- Remember to commit ourselves to God (v. 4)
- Remember to live near to God always (v. 4)
- Remember to love God from the heart (v. 4)
- Remember to lean on God during trouble (v. 5)
- Remember to take comfort in God always (v. 5)
Let us take assurance from the words of the psalmist: He who dwells 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 I will trust." Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the perilous pestilence. He shall cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler. (Psalms 91:1-4)