Thou Art My Hiding
"He that dwelleth 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 will I trust" Psalm 91:1-2.
The Psalmist is here speaking of one who abides under the
impact of the Almighty, rather than he who lives under the
impact of life's storms.
In Psalm 61:4 David said, "I will trust ("make
my refuge") in the covert (same as "the secret place"
in Psalm 91:1) of Thy wings." This is a place provided
by God in which the troubled heart may put its trust. David
said, "Jehovah is my hiding place (seter) ... from trouble"
There is no better hiding place. Here, the Lord will hide
us away from the conspiracies of man (Psalm 31:20a). Here,
we will be safely hidden. In Jeremiah 36:26, we read that
the Lord so effectively hid Baruch and Jeremiah that the king
himself could not find them.
In II Chronicles, chapter 22, we have another word (haba),
meaning that Joash was taken from one place and brought to
another, specifically for the purpose of hiding. He was brought
from a bedchamber (verse 11) to the house of God. Although
this was a public place, Joash was not found.
"And he was with them hid in the house of
God six years" II Chron 22:12.
In contrast, the same word is used in verse 9, "and
he sought Ahazia, and they caught him, for he was hid in Samaria."
Our own place of safety will never be as effective as that
which God provides.
We come to a third word; in Psalm 31:20b the word "secretly"
means "as a hid treasure." This reveals God's evaluation
of the one in the secret place. He does not want His treasure
damaged. In Psalm 27:5 it is again used, "He shall hide
me as a treasure in His pavilion." The secret place of
the Lord is unique in many ways.
What is the way to this secret place? The answer is in Isaiah
49:2, "In the shadow of His hand hath He hid me."
The word here is (haba). "He has brought me from one
place to another in order to hide me."
This means that there was an activity on the Lord's part,
as He did something. The preposition "in" is the
Hebrew letter "bet" prefixed to "shadow."
This Hebrew preposition is also "with." Since there
is some sort of action in the verb "hid" (the bringing
from one place to another) the preposition "with"
is better suited for this expression.
With the shadow of His hand, the Lord does something, He
brings us from one place to another place. The word "shadow"
is used (darkness, or unpleasantries). These are designed
to press us from our present position into Himself.
"He made darkness His secret place. His pavilion
round about him are dark waters and thick clouds
of the skies" Psalm 18:11.
To get to the secret place, we must be brought by the Lord,
to where He is. Jeremiah said, "He has led me and brought
me into darkness, but not into light." The thick cloud
was upon Mount Sinai (Exodus 19:16). The people stood afar
off, and Moses drew near unto the thick darkness where God
was" Exodus 20:21. Many do not have the courage, the
stamina, nor the faith to move into the secret place.
I first approached this darkness of God in 1954. It seemed
that He was not in it, nor did there seem to be any meaning
to it. Prayer and Bible reading offered no help. I was a Bible
school student, preparing for the ministry. The sense of the
glory of His presence that I had known for so long was no
longer with me.
Seemingly, the only thing left for me to do was to turn away
and forget about the ministry. On a Sunday, I decided to attend
the Chapel services, and Monday, I would leave for home. In
the morning Chapel service, a teacher ministered on "waiting
Therefore, I went to my room to wait for God. In my dilemma,
the Holy Spirit spoke to me, the first time that I ever heard
the voice of the Holy Spirit. He said, "Isaiah 43."
I had no idea what was in Isaiah 43, but I looked. Since no
verse was given me, I began to read from the first verse.
Through that, the Lord gave me the courage, strength, and
faith to follow Him to the secret place.
"When you pass through the waters, I will be with
you; and through the rivers, they shall not
overflow you. When you walk through the fire,
you shall not be burned, neither shall the flame
kindle upon you" Isa 43:2.
This did not bring me out of darkness, but it gave me what
I needed to walk through darkness. For two years, I walked
without the conscious presence of God, and I would do it again.
I would go for however long it takes; for God built within
me a trust and faith in Him that I cannot explain. He brought
me into His secret place.
If you are in a difficult place, read this Chapter in Isaiah,
take courage, and rest in your trust in Him. The Lord will
meet you there.