I spent a lot of my childhood playing in a small patch of woods behind my grandparents’ home in Rockfield, Kentucky. There were multiple sinkholes – one of them large enough you could throw a couple of cars into it – a wet weather spring, and lots of big rocks and boulders.
I remember one spot quite well, where a giant boulder had split open, leaving a corner space a few feet wide at the opening and several feet high. We used to collect large branches to create a roof over that space and it was the ultimate hideout. None of our imaginary foes – invading armies of ninjas, aliens, or communists – could harm us in our secret hideout.
Spiritually, there is a place to which you and I can go today that is very much a safe, secret hideout. The psalmist spoke of this secret place…
Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”
Psalm 91:1-2 NIV
There are two layers of meaning in these two verses. On the surface, we are invited to rest (dwell) under the care of the Most High (El-yon), the Almighty (El-Shaddai). The greater our faith in him, the smaller our fear of all that threatens us.
On a deeper level, this psalm foreshadows what it means to enter into a relationship with Jesus Christ. In him, we rest. In Christ, we enjoy a secure position, a secret place where the enemy has no power or authority over us.
There is a safe, secret hideout waiting for you in the very presence of the Most High, the Almighty, the Savior and Redeemer, Jesus Christ. And what is especially beautiful is that all are freely invited to come in – not just the rich or the religious – all who are broken and afraid are freely welcomed.
Are you resting in the secret hideout of God’s care today?