Psalms 91 – Part 1

Psalms 91 and the Secret Place of the Most High have been a refuge for believers throughout the ages of the church. The Psalm promises God’s protection in times of trouble. Millions have gone there for strength and encouragement. Close examination of the words of this Psalm show it has special meaning for the Time of Jacob’s Trouble, the end-times. We referenced it in THE SIXTH SIGNPOST: THE ABOMINATION. There we discussed how it was a picture of God’s protection during the flight of the righteous in the great tribulation.

It is a wonderful Psalm to memorize. A famine of God’s Word is coming (Amos 8: 11-12.) There will be a day when the only scripture we have to guide us and comfort us is what we have memorized. God’s Spirit has impressed on me to do a study on this Psalm for those in this ministry to help us all unpack its meaning.

The Secret Place of the Most High

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 (Psalms 91: 1-2 NKJV)

I have always been fascinated with the concept of a “secret place.” In Hebrew the word is bə·sê·ṯer. It means the hidden place, the hiding place, the covered place and the covert place. It is mentioned numerous times in the scripture. This passage in Psalms 27 specifically speaks of the time of trouble.

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 27:5 NKJV)

Abigail traveled down a secret path (also the word bə·sê·ṯer) on the mountain to meet David and his men.

So it was, as she rode on the donkey that she went down under cover of the hill; and there were David and his men, coming down toward her, and she met them. (1 Sam. 25:20)

Psalms 31 is also specific about hiding us from the conspiracies of men. This passage reminds me of Psalms 2 when the nations rage against God and his Messiah.

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)

Finally in Song of Solomon we see another reference to the secret place. This passage also mentions the fig tree which has definite overtones of Jesus’ teaching in the Olivet Discourse.

The fig tree puts forth her green figs, and the vines with the tender grapes give a good smell. Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away O my dove, in the clefts of the rock, in the secret places of the cliff. Let me see your face, Let me hear your voice (Song of Solomon 2: 13-14 NKJV)

Taken together in context, these four scriptures paint an amazingly consistent picture.

  • The secret place is mountainous and is a hiding place within the clefts of the rocks.
  • Several of the passages mention a tent or pavilion
  • God will be present with us in our hiding

Jesus’ instructions about the flight of the church echo the mountainous aspect of this picture.

Therefore when you see the ‘abomination of desolation,’ spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place (whoever reads, let him understand), then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. Let him who is on the housetop not go down to take anything out of his house. (Matt. 24: 15-17 NKJV, emphasis mine)

The aspect of living in a tent or pavilion seems consistent with what may occur in the end-times. Once the Mark of the Beast is instituted, those who refuse the Mark will not be able to buy or sell. This will affect their ability to buy food and clothing but will also affect housing. Even if a person has paid off the mortgage on their home, without the Mark of the Beast, they will be unable to pay taxes. All people refusing the Mark will become homeless. Tents may be a very practical physical shelter for those fleeing from the Antichrist.

Shadow of the Almighty

Although we may “dwell” in the secret place, we shall “abide” in the shadow of the Almighty. The Hebrew word translated “shadow” is bə·ṣêl which means “under the protection of.” Some scriptures picture this type of protection as the shelter provided by a roof. Other more intimate analogies show a mother bird’s wings covering her young. All of these are pictures of how God will protect us, his people, at that time.

In Isaiah, there is a very special picture of how God held and hid Jesus in the shadow of his hand until he was ready for ministry.

And He has made My mouth like a sharp sword; In the shadow of His hand He has hidden Me, And made Me a polished shaft; In His quiver He has hidden Me (Isaiah 49:2 NKJV)

I believe in the same way, God’s hand will hide his people from the Antichrist. Despite all the drones and GPS systems available, God’s hand will block and frustrate the Antichrist. The Man of Evil will not be able to hunt down the elect.

The Secret Place of His Presence

“Abiding” in Jesus is the key to the Christian life. In the end-times and especially during the flight of the elect, it will be the only thing that sustains us.

Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. (John 15:4 NKJV)

Jesus’ Spirit will be present with us every minute we are in hiding. Being connected to him intimately will be our only means of survival and sustenance, both physical and spiritual. It is essential for Christians to begin living and abiding in Jesus in just this intimate a way right now. We learned in THE PRICE OF OIL that the “oil” of a relationship with Jesus is not something we can “purchase” or be given by others. It is something we need to acquire now.

Because Jesus’ Spirit will be with us that entire time, wherever we are will be the Secret Place of His Presence. Wherever we are, Christ will be with us and will protect us in the shadow of his hand. God’s presence will be our secret place.

I don’t believe we need to begin scouting out mountain retreats in which to hide. We will be given two wings of a great eagle at that time to lead us to our place of hiding. What we do need to do immediately however, is to place all our trust in God alone.

He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust (Psalms 91: 2 NKJV)

3 thoughts on “THE SECRET PLACE”

  1. Psalm 91 has been to me a source of great comfort and a revelation of God’s faithfulness. He revealed this scripture to me on day many years ago as a personal message to me. When I read it it’s as if the Lord was speaking directly to me, ever since then I have never feared for my life and I’ve seen His hand of protection in times of trouble. I lived in drug infested neighborhoods with police helicopters flying overhead constantly and literally people were shot at my doorstep but no harm ever came near my household. Does that mean in the coming tribulation I expect God to keep me from death? Only if it’s His will to do so. There are those who are appointed for martyrdom, if that is His will for me then so be it. The safest place to be is always in the will of God. I know it’s easy to say now but I pray that if it is the will of God that He will give me the grace to remain in it. Our problem in at times I think is that we don’t have this mindset, to lose our life for the sake of the Gospel. We always want to save ourselves from trouble. But the true blessing is to walk through it with Jesus! He will never leave us alone no matter what so we don’t have to fear. But the only way to get into this mindset is to draw close to the Lord. We must draw so close to Him that He is all we see and you know when we can see Him (you know I’m not speaking in the natural) all fear vanishes away. Draw near to Him … abide in the secret place.

  2. In Revelation, Apostle John saw innumerable people who were beheaded by the Beast for the testimony of Jesus. In Daniel, It is written that the AC was given authority over the saints to trample them down. Both of these books show that Christians will be martyred in mass numbers through out the World. Then how can we be sure of the Protection of God in such perilous times? Will God allow some to perish and some to be saved? I am Confused ! Can you please?

    1. Interestingly Rev. 2:10 and Rev. 3:10 give different results from persecution. Smyrna and Philadelphia are both righteous churches without critique from our Lord, yet in Smyrna they are martyred and in Philadelphia it appears they are guarded in the persecution.

      Obviously at the Rapture that occurs after the Great Tribulation, some Christians survive because Paul says “those of us who remain.” So not every saint dies. God preserves some. God also preserves a remnant of Jews in the Secret Place so that “all of Israel shall be saved”.

      Rev. 13:10 shows that many are destined for “captivity” (concentration camps) and if you pick the “sword”, you are destined to die by the sword. There is much mystery about the fate of the church.

      There is no mystery however that God will be with us, even to the end of the age! Even in death there is His presence. I highly recommend you get my new book, I go into considerable depth on God’s protection/presence in the midst of trial, even trial unto death.

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