Sitting with the Shepherd
"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."" (Psalm 91:1–2, NKJV)
Who is this one that dwells in the secret place of the Most High? Is it not the one who is deeply appreciative of the opportunity to fellowship intimately with his Father through the consistent cleansing of the blood of the Lamb, Jesus Christ? Is it not he who keeps short account of his sin and lives in such a way not to grieve the indwelling Holy Spirit? Oh to be a member of the "elect of the elect" as Charles Spurgeon says. Living in that daily presence brings such confidence and security. Every one of God's children can choose to enjoy this ongoing intimacy with the Shepherd, but few actually choose to do so. Will you choose this day to take your place among them?
Questions for Personal Reflection or Discussion
1. Why do you think that the psalmist refers to this intimacy with God as the "secret place?"
2. Have you ever attempted to abide in another person's shadow? What is required to do so?
3. What is keeping you from being part of the "elect of the elect?"
My dear Father in heaven to dwell in Your secret place would be a most blessed experience. And although I know that You offer this privilege to all born again believers few are the ones who come in. I confess that I have been negligent in this and as a result been dependent upon my own resources. Cleanse me, I pray by the precious blood of the Lamb, Jesus Christ from any and all sin that would separate me from You. Make me aware as the psalmist has sad that "in Your presence is fullness of joy." Amen.