*As I personalize this Psalm, I am going to include a paragraph of insights shared by my pastor today, 03/15/2020, at the end.
- I, Leigh, will dwell
in the secret place of the Most High; I will abide under the shadow
of the Almighty.
- I will say of my Lord,
He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in Him will I trust.
- Surely, He will
deliver me from the snare of my fowler and from the destructive
pestilence (literally, death of destruction).
- He will cover me with
His feathers and under His wings (representative of the tallit or
prayer shawl, it speaks of intimacy with the Lord) will I abide; His
truth will be my shield and buckler (a buckler is a large shield
which protects from three sides).
- I will not be afraid
of the terror by night, nor of the arrow that flies by day,
- nor of the pestilence
that walks in darkness, nor of the destruction that wastes at
- A thousand will fall
at my side and ten thousand at my right hand, but it will not come
- I will only see the
just rewards of the wicked with my eyes.
- Because I have chosen
to make the Lord Most High, who is my refuge, my dwelling place …
the place where I will live forever.
- In doing so, no evil
will befall me, neither will any plague be able to come near my
- For He gives His
angels charge over me, to keep me in the Way.
- They will bear me up
in the palms of their hands so that my feet are kept from being cut
upon any stone (This stone is a chiseled stone, cut by men. It
represents false, man-made gods).
- Because of this
provided safety I can walk on the lion and the adder: I can trample
the young lion and the serpent beneath my feet.
- In all of this God
says, “because Leigh has set her love on Me, I will deliver her. I
will set her on My high places because she knows My name.
- Leigh will call on Me
and I will answer her. I AM with her in trouble. I will deliver her
and honor her.
- With long life I will
satisfy her and show her My Salvation.
To dwell within the secret place of the Lord is to live with Him intimately. IT is a “close quarters” dwelling … to live within His arm's length so that He can set His hands upon our head. When the Lord sets His left hand upon our head, He covers us with anointing and His protection. When He sets His right hand upon our head, He covers us with His power … His authority. FYI: this "covering only works while we stay within arm's length He who is doing the covering. It sounds to me like this “secret place of the Most High” is a place of His grace. In 2 Peter 3:18, we are told to grow in His grace, how better to do this than to dwell within His secret place in a life of total intimacy with the King of kings.
To dwell therein is a choice that we must make. For we have to leave behind everything that would try to separate us from the Lord and His love. And we must enter in with complete and sincere humility. We must place everything at His feet … all of who we are and all of who we ever will or could be, placing all of our cares and trust in Him.
For that place of intimacy with the Lord is an all-consuming fire that burns away all of our impurities and prepares us for total immersion in Him; which is our life in Him for all eternity.
So come, dwell in the secret place of the Most High God and rest within His presence!