The Secret Place
He that dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
This is the well-known first verse of the famous Psalm 91 that every believer claims for him or herself. The problem is that very few understand the condition that comes along with this portion of Scripture in order to be a recipient of the total protection offered by it.
The condition is not the Secret Place (Hiding Place as some translations render it), but rather the act of dwelling or abiding (remaining) in it – the Place, not the psalm. The question is: How can a person remain hidden safely within this “Place” if they don’t know what it is or where it is? Over the years I have noticed that Christians, in general, think that Psalm 91 itself is this Place. They think that it is some kind of lucky charm or wand that they just need to wave and total protection is theirs. Have you ever seen a bumper sticker on a car proclaiming: THIS CAR IS PROTECTED BY PSALM 91?
These people have such a blind faith that that slogan on their car will protect it in their absence. Very often the car is their “idol” that gets much more attention in time and energy than they give their Maker. They have no idea of the delusion that they are living in. Thus they have no knowledge of what the Secret Place is, and how to practically dwell in it.
The Hebrew word translated “Secret Place” is Sitrah. It is spelled with the four letters:
Samek = Support – Life Support! The Source – The One to whom we ‘attach’ (umbilical thought); like a gestation. He sustains our being, and Leads us and tends us IN His flawless pattern; according to His Instructions. To be IN His Shem. ‘I AM the True Vine-you are the branches’; and My Father is the Gardener… The True Vine bears ‘good fruit’ – offspring
Taw = Covenant Signature – The Promise of ‘Dabar-YaHuWaH’ – The WORD-Elohim! To be joined/bonded together with HIS Restored creation… Forever… and Ever!
Resh = Head/Principal – His POWER & AUTHORITY.. made evident(THE POWER OF TRANSFORMATION ’INHABITING’ HIS INSTRUCTIONS/THE GOVERNING OF HIS HOUSEHOLD); HE is ‘Exalted’. Regarded as Sovereign! – given the place of Ruler over ‘these bodies’… ‘Seated on The Throne’ our ‘heart’ – our ‘desire’ is obedience to His Governing/Government; Statutes, Laws, Instructions.. Right-Rulings.
Hey = Window/Insight – He Reveals; makes known or evident – His Identity! HEADSHIP! (‘your Maker is ‘your Husband’)
The deeper meaning of this word, based on the meaning of each of its letters is that it is:
A place of absolute safety (refuge or hiding place), supported or guaranteed by the signed covenant of the Almighty, and revealed by Him to those fulfilling His covenant terms.
Having “faith” in Psalm 91 will not automatically protect anyone. It is the same as me having “faith” in a wealthy man’s Will, even though I am not an heir, and am not related to Him. Such “faith” no matter how sincere, is pure presumption.
Practically then, can a believer “hide” within this Place if he or she has no knowledge of it, in terms of the truth of what it is, and where it is? Can a believer claim the protection offered if he or she is not interested in observing the terms of the covenant? No! For then it is impossible to meet the conditions attached to the promises. This is exactly why the Almighty, speaking through the prophet Hosea, more accurately rendered as Husha, said: My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. (4:6)
Having no knowledge of this Place means that a person will not be hidden from the enemy and will be in danger of being destroyed by him.
Before I return to the “Secret Place”, just a comment about the prophet that our translations call Hosea. His name is spelled with the four letters: Hey, Uau, Shin and Ayin, exactly the same as Mosheh’s successor before his name was changed to Yahusha just by having the Yod added to it as a prefix, Num.13:16. The name Husha, comes from the root word Yasha (H3467) and simply means: Deliverer or Saviour. Can you see the significance of this fact? Can you see the role played by our Saviour’s Name in Scripture, specifically in the Tanakh? This truth will never be seen by just reading our translations. But when we study the Hebrew text of Scripture, the Ruach will bring amazing gems of truth to light. Truths that confirm over and over again Yahusha’s claim that Mosheh and the prophets wrote about Him. (Luke 24:27 & 44, John 1:45 & 5:46)
So in conclusion, let Scripture itself answer the two very important questions as to what exactly this Place is, and where it is to be found? The where is just as important, for you may know what it is, but without knowing its location, you cannot gain access to it.
1. What is this Secret Place?
The answer is one word: YaHuWaH.
Yes, that is the simple truth! Our Creator’s Name is literally the ultimate Place of protection for those who are in a covenant relationship with Him
The Name of YaHuWaH is a strong tower, the righteous run into it, and is safe. (Pr.18:10)
The above verse explains the “what”, but the righteous also needs to know the “where” in order to be able to run into it.
YaHuWaH hear you in the day of trouble; the Name of the Elohim of Jacob defend you… (Ps.20:1)
This verse intimates very strongly the location of this Place in the word “hear”, which in Hebrew is Shema. What exactly will He be listening for before His Name is sent to defend?
The second verse of psalm 91 confirms that the Name is this Place of protection that verse 1 describes as Secret – a Place where the believer is “hidden” from the enemy. Verse 2 also gives the answer as to where this Place (Name) is.
I will say of YaHuWaH, my refuge and my fortress: my Elohim; in Him will I trust.
His Name which represents Him, is my refuge and fortress. This is why outside of His Name (He only has one) there is no guarantee of protection. Neither is there any guarantee of protection in a false name no matter how precious it might be to you.
2. Where is it?
As close as your heart and mouth.
This is the wonder of this Hiding Place, it is so near to everyone who is walking in covenant with Him – I will SAY “YaHuWaH”…
Calling upon (saying) the Name in a time of emergency will only be an instantaneous action if speaking it out with love and respect on a daily basis has become a lifestyle. By this I mean that a person needs to be on intimate first name terms with the Saviour, thus with His precious Name.
Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore will I deliver him. I will set him on high because he knows My Name. He shall call upon Me and I will deliver him. With long life will I satisfy him, and show him My salvation. (V.14-16)
Setting one’s love upon Him infers obedience, for Yahusha said: If you love Me, keep My commandments. (John 14:25)
His Name is literally the Secret Place, and literally calling upon it with respect and love from out of a heart committed to His covenant in loving obedience, is its location. He has made it so simple for us. Praise His most Set-apart Name! ??