“Treasures from the Secret Place”
“He who dwells…” Psalm 91:1a
Do you ever feel in life, that you are a square peg trying to fit in a round hole? Your feelings, responses, beliefs, personality, core values never find a perfect counterpart? This has been my experience in the past, and this feeling grows more than ever in our world today. The old southern gospel song about, “This world is not my home, I’m just a passin’ through,” describes the feeling. This world is definitely not our home.
It seems we all spend part of our lives in search of “home”. What I discovered was Psalm 91 is likely the “home” address for all believers. Until we experience this psalm, we will forever be in search.
I will be approaching this study from a different angle than other books I’ve read. You will be reading Strong’s definitions, some deeper gleanings from the Hebrew Alephbet, and as the Spirit leads, some of my own journal notes. While the Holy Spirit originally spoke these things to me, I believe there is truth for all of our lives.
My hope is that you will gain insight stirring you to begin your own excavation with the Lord’s leading. His Word is life to all who find it. (Prov. 4:20-22)
Psalm 91:1 NKJV
He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High…
The word Dwells is not one we use every day. You may hear, “Quit, dwelling on that.” In other words, “You are stuck,” but the Biblical definition brings out another perspective.
He Who DWELLS
Strong’s Definition of dwells:
• to sit down
• to remain
• to settle
• to marry
• make to keep [house]
• to return
Most of the words used to describe, “Dwell,” indicate it is a permanent address. It is not a motel or a travel trailer we use in a pinch or on vacations. We are not stuck. To dwell means to set up housekeeping, plant flowers, grow trees, hang pictures, to marry and set up housekeeping.
All the promises of this psalm hinge on this first phrase. DWELLING is not an option, it is a must, if we want to experience the benefits listed in Psalm 91.
What does this word mean to us personally? What does it mean to the Lord?
Let’s look at the Hebrew spelling of the word Dwell.
Every Hebrew letter has a picture, a number value and a meaning. It is the only language known with these qualities and you will discover God’s use of His Alephbet is beyond amazing.
Okay…let’s look at the letters individually:
YOD 10 = The outcome, the completion of something. Means: Hand, Right Arm, Power – Right hand of God’s power, a Deed Done, to Work, to Cover, Allow, Hollow, Open Hand, also refers to the Holy Spirit as it always hangs in the air overseeing
Are you still with me? In any excavation project, you need to learn how to use your tools. This Hebrew Alephbet will become very familiar to you in time. You will learn to love it and use it in discovering other treasure in His Word.
He who dwells: He who moves in permanently – trusting in God and obeying Him, will experience the activation of His hand of power, His Holy Spirit, consuming with His fire all that destroys or tries to invade or keep us from His house.
We are His dwelling place and when we choose to trust and obey Him, He will secure us in His Presence.
1 Corinthians 3:16-17 Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? NKJV
Colossians 2:9-10 For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; 10 and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power. NKJV
HE IS OUR HOUSE—OUR HIDING PLACE
2 Corinthians 12:9 But He said to me, My grace (My favor and loving-kindness and mercy) is enough for you [sufficient against any danger and enables you to bear the trouble manfully]; for My strength and power are made perfect (fulfilled and completed) and show themselves most effective in [your] weakness. Therefore, I will all the more gladly glory in my weaknesses and infirmities, that the strength and power of Christ (the Messiah) may rest (yes, may pitch a tent over and dwell) upon me! AMP
~ Journal Notes ~
He who dwells….
“Do you know where I dwell?”
“Isaiah 40 says that You sit above the circle of the earth.”
“I dwell in you.“
“Lord, why would You want to dwell in me? I am so imperfect.”
“Because I love you. I am a master craftsman. I, who began a good work in you will be faithful to fulfill it. I dwell in you to remake you from the inside out. Your are trying to refurbish the outside in hopes of reflecting Me, but what’s inside is the only thing that will truly represent Me to the world.
“Remember I told the Pharisees that they were white washed tombs, full of dead man’s bones? Appearing pristine and sin free, righteous and holy, but full of dead works, critical hearts and religious bondage?
“I am here, dwelling in you and all My children to bring you out of bondage to religion and your own soulish desires and to open all the windows of your mind, will and emotions to let the wind of My Spirit blow through.”
Many of you have remodeled your home and those who have know that it takes time. It is usually more than a weekend project. He dwells in us and we dwell in Him. It is a lifelong process, not just a Sunday-go to meeting experience.
Take some time with Him today and ask Him how you can more fully DWELL. In our fast paced Instagram, hash tag life, dwelling is not something we do well. Holy Spirit will help us. He is a genius with this kind of a remodel. Take time with Him. You will be blessed.
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