Psalm 91:1 (NKJV) He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
Psalm 91 is a popular Psalm for the promise of protection, but have you ever wondered where this place of refuge is? The best clue we find is verse 4---"He shall cover you with His feathers, And under His wings you shall take refuge".
To understand this, we need to know a few things from the Old Testament. The Old Testament provides hidden images that become revealed through our study of the New Testament. One such image is the Tabernacle of the Old Testament. It was a tent-like structure designed by God to be His dwelling place among His people (1). In the New Testament, the born-again believer is the dwelling place of God (2).
By studying the description of the original tabernacle, we get a picture of God's connection to the New Testament believer. Exodus 25-31 gives the details of this Tabernacle and its furnishings.
Exodus 26 gives details of the covering of the tabernacle (Vs. 1-12). This cover was embroidered with cherubim. A cherubim was a creature with wings (3). So when the priest was in the tabernacle, he was under the wings of the cherubim. One reason for entering the tent was to partake of wine and bread offerings. Inside the tabernacle was a gold plated table with bread and wine on it. This table is our place of communion with God. It is a place of sharing our intimate thoughts with Him.
The verse at the top provides three key revelations for the believer to enter into this wonderful place. The first key is the word, dwells. This word comes from the Hebrew word pronounced, yashab. According to Strong's Hebrew dictionary, this word comes from the root word meaning, to sit down (4). The next key is found in the words, secret place. They come from a Hebrew word pronounced, say'-ther. This word means, a cover or concealed place (5). The last key is the word, abide. It comes from the word pronounced, loon. This word means, to remain (6).
So how do we access this wonderful place? Come to the table regularly and partake of the bread and the cup. Meditate on what Jesus did for you on the cross. Communion will then take place inside you and you will remain under the wings of the Most High, under the shadow of the Almighty.
(1) Exodus 25:8 And let them make Me a sanctuary, that I [God] may dwell among them.
Exodus 25:9 According to all that I show you, that is, the pattern of the tabernacle and the pattern of all its furnishings, just so you shall make it.
(2) 1 Corinthians 3:16 Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?
(3) Exodus 37:9 The cherubim spread out their wings above...
(4) Strong’s Greek and Hebrew Dictionary, copyright 1890 by James Strong, MADISON, NJ. Strong’s number, yashab - H3427.
(5) Strong's numbers, say'-ther - H5643 & H5641.
(6) Strong's number, loon - H3885.