Women’s Devotion | September 2019
Abiding in the Secret Place
“He who dwells in the secret place of 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. Surely, he shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the perilous pestilence. He shall cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and your buckler.” Psalm 91: 1- 4
There is safety in the secret place if we only trust Him. Psalm 91 is a word of comfort and hope for those who are going through tough times, walking through rough places, or just fighting a battle. The Lord reminds us in this scripture that He is our refuge and fortress. David states, “Surely, he shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler.” God covers us when we come to him. God is bringing us out. We must look for it.
He said, “he that dwelleth in the secret place” – that place where we come to God in prayer. When we unite with Him and tell Him all we have been through; all through the days and all through the nights. When we go to Him and cry out to Him and ask Him to strengthen us, He said we shall abide (remain in, continue, sit here) under the shadow of the Almighty. Praise the Lord, He will cover us in His presence!
If we trust God regardless of how it looks, I don’t care what it is, if you trust God, He will bring us out. The Word of God admonishes us to “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” (Proverbs 3:5-6) He is going to bring us out of every situation. He has seen every tear and understands what we are going through. We are a testimony to others around us. When we go through struggles, it lets others know they can make it. As we dwell in our secret place in Him, God covers us and gives us more strength so we can bear it. God says He sees our heart and the labor of love we struggle with and it is not going unrewarded because God will take care of His own. He wants us to trust Him without a doubt and know that He is going to bring us out.
My prayer for you today is that you will abide in the secret place of the Most High God. That you may come to know the many benefits that come with trusting and abiding in our heavenly Father. May God continue to lead and guide you as you continue to go to Him in your secret place. May you find comfort in knowing that if we only trust and believe, God is able to do all things. With man it may be impossible, but with God all things are possible unto him that believeth.
Pastor Vivian McDonald is an Ordained Minister in the Church of God and currently enrolled in the Church of God School of Ministry. She is the founder and senior pastor of the Cathedral of Faith Church of God in Dawson, Georgia. Pastor McDonald was saved at the age of 12 and has spent the majority of her life serving in various roles in the church including pastor’s wife, evangelist and Women’s Ministries President. She was married to the late Reverend Frankie McDonald, who served as the National Evangelist in the Church of God, Cleveland, Tennessee. The McDonalds have two daughters and two grandsons.