“He that dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.” Psalm 91:1
This psalm is a look into the heart of a devoted Christian and how the believer is considered to be spiritual by God. We see in verse one the meditation of this psalmist’s heart and where he directs his attention. He is looking to “dwell in the secret place of the Most High.” This dwelling in the secret place, that he so desires, is a reference to covering intimately. His desire is to quietly sit down before the LORD his God and intimately remain in His presence being covered by His love.
Over the years well meaning Church leaders who desire to see believers grow spiritually had sincerely, but erroneously, placed religious performances in their way to make them spiritual. That is not biblical and it certainly does not work. This may surprise you, but religious performance does not make one spiritual. It makes one religious – void of an intimate relationship with God. Good works, religious works, and even sincere works cannot produce spirituality. One must first be born of the Spirit (John 3:3-7), and as the psalmist desired, one must dwell in the secret intimate place of the Most High. As a result of intimacy with God spirituality will naturally flow out of the believer. In short, one does not “do” in order to be spiritual, but rather one must “dwell” in the presence of the Most High to become spiritual, and as a result the fruits of the Spirit will naturally follow.
Next, this dwelling in the intimate secret place of the Most High produces a permanent abiding “under the shadow of the Almighty.” A shadow is a place of comfort away from the heat. We continually have the world and the enemies of our souls turning up the heat of peer pressure, political correctness, and personal pride in order to scorch the saints of God. As believers continue to abide under the shadow of the Almighty, we come to a place in our lives where we feel the comfort of the heavenly shadow away from the heat of our trials, troubles, and temptations. For us to abide under the protective shadow of the Almighty we must continue to remember to quietly sit down before the Most High and intimately remain in His presence being covered by His love.
As you read this psalm, you will see that under God’s great heavenly shadow we find trust, deliverance, truth, protection, love, honor, and satisfaction. Our Almighty God provides everything that we need that pertains to life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3), and the way we access these heavenly privileges is to continue to live each and every moment of our lives in the presence of our God, the Most High, the Almighty. Dwelling and abiding in His presence everyday throughout the day is spirituality.
David C. Hale, pastor