The Secret Place
Wade E Taylor
“Deep calleth unto deep. At the noise of thy waterspouts,
all thy waves and thy billows are gone over me.” Psalm
The psalms of David are filled with the heart-cry of a man
seeking for a deep personal relationship with the Lord Himself.
Again and again, David expresses a burning desire to know
the Lord intimately on two levels of experience.
First, he desires to know the Lord face to face. “As
the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul
after thee, O God. My soul thirsteth for God, for the living
God: when shall I come and appear before God?” Psalm
Second, he desires to know the Lord as one in whom he can
put infinite trust. “In God have I put my trust: I will
not be afraid what man can do unto me.” Psalm 56:11
He was not satisfied to know the Lord merely as a distant
Saviour, or as the King of Kings who could do great things
for him. David greatly desired a personal, intimate communion
and walk with the Lord.
When David came short of this experience, he repented before
the Lord and expressed his intense desire to know Him: “I
acknowledged my sin unto you, and my iniquity I have not hidden.
I said, `I will confess my transgressions to the Lord’,
and you forgave the iniquity of my sin” Psalm 32:5 NKJ.
Now, David was set free from all guilt and condemnation and
could say, “You are my hiding place; you shall preserve
me from trouble; you shall surround me with songs of deliverance”
Psalm 32:7 NKJ.
Then the Lord, in this new level of relationship with David,
spoke to him and gave him this very encouraging promise. “I
will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
I will guide you with my eye. Do not be like the horse or
like the mule, which have no understanding, which must be
harnessed with bit and bridle, else they will not come near
you.” PSALM 32:9 NKJ
David’s repentance had brought him into such an intimate
relationship with the Lord, (“I will guide you WITH
MY EYE”) that David could feel the very purpose of the
Lord concerning him. Then, the Lord exhorted him to be responsive
and obedient to this new found relationship and guidance.
“Do not be like the horse or like the mule.”
We desperately need this clarity of Spirit led guidance and
protection among the Lord’s people today. As world pressures
increase, we must heed this exhortation in His Word to make
Him our portion.
Psalm 91 promises deliverance and victory in the time of
trouble to “He that dwelleth in the secret place of
the most high....” We must clearly hear this with our
spiritual ears, then appropriate these words into our being
and digest them until they become personalized within us.
The Lord will have a people who will chose Him for Himself
alone, apart from what He can do for them in blessing and
There are many distracting influences that can draw us away
from a true, sincere devotion to the Lord. These forces have
power over us, but only through our own choosing or allowing.
We must be made consciously aware of the fact that the Lord
does not over- ride our wills. He calls, draws and leads us,
but we are given the freedom to choose in every area of our
life. We must even choose to respond to His wooing of our
hearts into this place of a “secret abode of intimacy
The “pulls” away from this secret place are many.
There looms the desire to be successful, or to be recognized;
to find earthly security, or to make provision against what
might happen. All of these things will obscure Jesus if we
allow them to.
We easily forget His promise in John 16:33, “In the
world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have
overcome the world.” Here, Jesus is saying, “Do
not fear, in me you may have peace.” He has promised
to care for us, for He is the Shepherd and we are His flock.
In Him, we partake of all that He has won, as we have need.
If we are not receiving His care and protection, it is because
we have either chosen the wrong dwelling place, or have set
our affection on something other than Him. When this happens,
He patiently waits, ready to help us, as we turn to Him. His
word to us is that we find “the secret place”
where He dwells, and make this our real home.
David erected a tent on Mount Zion for God to dwell in, but
David’s heart became the Lord’s abode as this
earthly King opened up his being fully for the King of Kings
to enter in. The Lord said that He would reward those who
seek Him. This reward is God Himself, nothing can compare
to this eternal treasure.
In Romans 8 we are presented with exhortations, promises
and the marvelous word that “all things work together
for good to them that love God” (to them who make Him
their secret abode). Then comes the encouraging word, “If
God be for us, who can be against us?”
We must put our trust completely in Him and seek the place
of rest in His presence. As we do this, we will be eternally