The Secret Place (1)

May 17, 2009
by Lori Ciccanti

Psalm 91:1 – He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. (NKJV)

The Hiding Place, by Corrie Ten Boom, is an inspiring, real-life adventure of faith. It is one of my favourite mission stories of the underground movement during Nazi Germany. Corrie was a strong Christian leader in the Dutch resistance. She helped many Jewish people escape persecution. By building a secret room in the family home, Corrie, her father, and her sister were able to offer protection from the horrors of the Holocaust.

The Psalmist reveals another safe haven: the secret place of El Elyon, the Hebrew name for God Most High. This divine title invokes confidence and security. El Elyon signifies the Lord's supremacy over the entire universe and vividly portrays His absolute authority to accomplish His will. King David, while fleeing Saul, called to God in these words: "I cry out to God Most High, to God, who fulfills his purpose for me." (Psalm 57:2 NIV)

Corrie Ten Boom fulfilled God's calling during a dark period in history. She overcame darkness with God's light. Even under the most dangerous circumstances and at risk to her own life, Corrie trusted God's sovereignty and promise. As a result of her faith, her Jewish neighbours survived certain death. Corrie's home, as well as her heart, became a shelter of love to others.

As believers, we too can live in close communion with the Lord. By seeking the Holy Spirit's guidance, the secret place of El Elyon is accessible to those willing to live by faith. The writer of Hebrews directs the church, "Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need." (Hebrews 4:16 NIV) Then, upon entering God's holy sanctuary, we shall safely rest in the loving presence of our Saviour.

Prayer: O God Most High, we thank You that we can come boldly into Your holy sanctuary through the precious blood of Your Son, Jesus Christ. We rejoice, even in times of trouble, trusting in Your saving power and grace. May the glory of Your presence be a light and shield around us. Lift up Your countenance upon us that we may have peace. Amen.

About the author:

Lori Ciccanti <dlalsina@mchsi.com>

Ocean View, Delaware, USA


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