Question on God's Secret Place

by Rev. Jack Barr

Hi xxxxxx

You wrote and asked:

I have a question about the secret place of the Almighty that people talk about.
* How does one draw into the secret place?
* Just what is this secret place?

Yours in Christ,



There are 7 verses in the bible which speak of a "Secret Place", 4 verses which speaks of God's Secret Place, and 3 verses which speak of man using a secret place.

Deuteronomy 29:29 The secret things belong unto the LORD our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law.

We know that:

Secret things belong to God
Knowledge withheld from man
Not to be revealed

You draw into the secret place by giving yourself totally to God.

We see that in the Old Testament that there were very few who were ever permitted to approach, or to inter in to, God's secret place. Exception example is Moses, who could and did enter God's secret place anytime, and later, the High Priest once a year, allowed to approach near to God. Now in the New Testament, Every True Christian is permitted to approach God in his secret place, anytime. It is not that we can see anything more than God wishes us to see, but we are allowed to see what the unbelievers can not, and will not be allowed to see. Example: Moses seeing God.

Exodus 33:18-23 "And he said, I beseech thee, show me thy glory. And he said, I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the Lord before thee, and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show mercy on whom I will show mercy. And he said, Thou canst not see my face; for there shall no man see me, and live. And the Lord said, Behold, there is a place by me, and thou shalt stand upon a rock; And it shall come to pass, while my glory passeth by, that I will put thee in a cleft of the rock, and will cover thee with my hand while I pass by; And I will take away mine hand, and thou shalt see my back; but my face shall not be seen."

As for what is the Secret Place of the Almighty God, let us look at what the bible says, and what other men have written about it for an understanding. My comments follow directly after each verse.

3 Verses about man using a secret place.

Deuteronomy 27:15 Cursed be the man that maketh any graven or molten image, an abomination unto the LORD, the work of the hands of the craftsman, and putteth it in a secret place. And all the people shall answer and say, Amen.

Comment: A secret place is a place of hiding

1 Samuel 19:2 But Jonathan Saul's son delighted much in David: and Jonathan told David, saying, Saul my father seeketh to kill thee: now therefore, I pray thee, take heed to thyself until the morning, and abide in a secret place, and hide thyself:

Comment: A secret place is a place which no one else knows where it is.

Luke 11:33 No man, when he hath lighted a candle, putteth it in a secret place, neither under a bushel, but on a candlestick, that they which come in may see the light.

Comment: A secret place is a place where no man can see what is in it.

Comment: By these three verses we can begin to understand what a Secret Place is, or means.

4 Verses about God's Secret Place.

Psalms 18:11 He made darkness his secret place; his pavilion round about him were dark waters and thick clouds of the skies.

Comment: God's secret place is hidden in darkness, man cannot see into his secret place

From A Commentary on the Holy Bible with Practical Remarks and Observations, by Matthew Henry , Volume 2, page 175, Psalm 18:11

God hides himself, His glory is invisible, his counsels are unsearchable, and his proceedings are unaccountable, and so, as to us, clouds and darkness are round about him; we know not the way that he takes, even when he is coming towards us in ways of mercy

From the 1599 Geneva bible footnotes for Psalm 18:11

He made darkness his {h} secret place; his pavilion round about him [were] dark waters [and] thick clouds of the skies.

(h) As a king angry with the people, will not show himself to them.

From John Gill's Expositor note for Psalm 18:11.

He made darkness his secret place, &c.] Which, and the dark waters in the next clause, are the same with the thick clouds in the last, in which Jehovah is represented as wrapping himself, and in which he lies hid as in a secret place; not so as that he cannot see others, as wicked men imagine, #Job 22:13,14; but as that he cannot be beheld by others; the Targum interprets it,

``he caused his Shechinah to dwell in darkness; ''

his pavilion round about him [were] dark waters, [and] thick clouds of the skies; these were as a tent or tabernacle, in which he dwelt unseen by men; see #Job 36:29; all this may design the dark dispensation of the Jews, after their rejection and crucifixion of Christ; when God departed from them, left their house desolate, and them without his presence and protection; when the light of the Gospel was taken away from them, and blindness happened unto them, and they had eyes that they should not see, and were given up to a judicial darkness of mind and hardness of heart; which were some of the dark, deep, and mysterious methods of divine Providence, with respect to which God may be said to be surrounded with darkness, dark waters, and thick clouds; see #Ro 11:7,8,25,32,33.

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Psalms 81:7 Thou calledst in trouble, and I delivered thee; I answered thee in the secret place of thunder: I proved thee at the waters of Meribah. Selah.

Comment: God will answer you in the secret place, when you call out to him.

From A Commentary on the Holy Bible with Practical Remarks and Observations, by Matthew Henry , Volume 2, page 324, for Psalm 81:7

God had delivered them at the Red sea; then they called in trouble, and he rescued them, and disappointed the designs of their enemies against them. Then he answered them with a real answer, out of the secret place of thunder, that is, out of the pillar of fire, through which God looked upon the host of the Egyptians, and troubled it. Or it may be meant of the giving of the law at mount Sinai, which was the secret place, for it was death to gaze, and it was in thunder that God then spake.

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Psalms 91:1 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

Comment: God's secret place is a place of safety

From A Commentary on the Holy Bible with Practical Remarks and Observations, by Matthew Henry , Volume 2, page 347, for Psalm 91:1

In these verses, we have, 1. A great truth laid down in general, That all those who live a life of communion with God, are constantly safe under his protection, and may therefore preserve a holy serenity, and security of mind, at all times ; (v. 1) He that by faith chooses God for his Guardian shall find all the in him which he needs or can desire. Note, 1 It is the character of a true believer, that he dwells in the secret place of the most High; He is at home in God, returns to God, and reposes in him as his Rest; He acquaints himself with inside religion, and makes heart work of the service of God; worships within the vail and loves to be alone with God, to converse with him in solitude. 2. It is the privilege and comfort of those what do so, that they abide under the shadow of the Almighty; he shelters them, and comes between them and every thing that would annoy them, whether storm or sunshine. They shall not only have an admittance, but a residence, under God's protection; he will be their Rest and Refuge for ever.

That believers shall be kept from those mischief's which they are in imminent danger of, and which would be fatal to them.

From the 1599 Geneva bible footnotes for Psalm 91:1 He that dwelleth in the {a} secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

a.) He who makes God his defense and trust will perceive his protection to be a most sure safeguard. From John Gill's Expositor note for Psalm 91:1

(There is some Hebrew in this, if you do not have a Hebrew font, there are several places which will appear unreadable.)

It seems best to understand it of every godly man, who is always safe under the divine protection. The Talmudisis {n} call it Myegp ryv, "a song of the occursions", or "meetings with evil spirits."

Ver. 1. He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High, &c.] Or the Supreme; a title of God, who is superior to all beings, the Creator and Preserver of them, God over all, higher than the highest of angels or men; see #Ge 14:22, "his secret place" is his heart, his bosom, where his only begotten Son lies; and into which he takes his people, where they are set as a seal, and who enjoy intimate communion with him; which is no other than his gracious presence, called "the secret of his presence", #Ps 31:20, which none but saints are admitted to, when his everlasting love, which was a secret in his heart, is made known unto them, and in which they also dwell, #1Jo 4:16, as they likewise do in the eternal decree of election; which perhaps is meant by "the clefts of the rock, and secret places of the stairs", where the church is said to dwell, #So 2:14, unless rather Christ the Rock, and who may be signified by the cleft of that Moses was put into, when the goodness of the Lord passed before him, is intended; and who is the hiding place from the wind: mention is made of "the secret" of God's "tabernacle", #Ps 27:5, in which he hides his people; alluding to the tabernacle, or temple, and the most holy place in it, called his secret place, #Eze 7:22, and may refer to the ministry of the word and ordinances, where saints dwell, and enjoy much communion with God; and who are particularly under his special providence, protection, and power; which may here be designed:

shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty: who is able to do all things for his people, and is "Shaddai", all sufficient, as this word is thought to signify; has a sufficiency of happiness in and for himself, and of provisions for all his creatures, and of power and grace for his own children: his "shadow" may be the same with his secret place, his power and protection, often in this book of Psalms called "the shadow of his wings", #Ps 17:8 36:7 57:1, in allusion to birds that overshadow and protect their young with their wings; though perhaps the allusion here may be to the shadow of a tree, and design the word and ordinances of the Lord's house, which are a delightful, refreshing, reviving, and fruitful shadow, #So 2:3 Ho 14:7, where gracious souls dwell, and abide with great delight and pleasure. Christ, the Son of God, is sometimes compared to the shadow of a rock, or tree, which screens and shelters from heat; as he preserves his people from the heat of a fiery law, the flaming sword of justice, the wrath of God, the fiery darts of Satan, and the fury of persecutors: under this shadow do they abide or lodge all night, safe and secure, as the word {o} signifies: the Targum calls this shadow the shadow of the clouds of glory; the Arabic version, "the shadow of the God of heaven."

{m} So in Tikkune Zohar, correct. 20. fol. 50. 1.

{n} T. Hieros. Sabbat, fol. 8. 2.

{o} Nnwlty "indesinenter pernoctans", Junius & Tremellius; "pernoctat", Piscator, Gejerus; "pernoctabit", Michaelis.

From Matthew Henry Concise Commentary note for Psalm 91:1 (Computer version condensed) *The safety of those who have God for their refuge. (#1-8) Their favour with Him. (#9-16)

#1-8 He that by faith chooses God for his protector, shall find all in him that he needs or can desire. And those who have found the comfort of making the Lord their refuge, cannot but desire that others may do so. The spiritual life is protected by Divine grace from the temptations of Satan, which are as the snares of the fowler, and from the contagion of sin, which is a noisome pestilence. Great security is promised to believers in the midst of danger. Wisdom shall keep them from being afraid without cause, and faith shall keep them from being unduly afraid. Whatever is done, our heavenly Father's will is done; and we have no reason to fear. God's people shall see, not only God's promises fulfilled, but his threatenings. Then let sinners come unto the Lord upon his mercy-seat, through the Redeemer's name; and encourage others to trust in him also.

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Ezekiel 7:22 My face will I turn also from them, and they shall pollute my secret place: for the robbers shall enter into it, and defile it.

Comment: God's secret place, in this case, is in the temple. The most inner chamber, the Holy of Holies, which will be defiled, by this prophecy, which was fulfilled, and will be fulfilled again..

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I hope and believe that this will answer your questions.

May God Lead You Into All Of His Truth

Rev. Jack Barr

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