“He that dwells in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty” [Psalm 91:1 KJV]
It’s the beginning of a new year, and it’s easy to get excited about the promise that comes with the newness of this semester. The potential that is laid out in front us gives us room to dream and plan and set goals for ourselves. Like Hannah said in the intro to the series, we get to partner with God in bringing our hopes into reality. We can create space for the Holy Spirit to come in and move in our lives. If one of your goals for this year is to get to know God better, cultivating a space where just the two of you can meet is the easiest way to do that. In Psalm 91, the psalmist talks about dwelling in the secret place of God. What does that mean?
The term “secret place” shows up dozens of times in the both the Old and New Testament. Some translations substitute the words shelter, covering, or dwelling. The term “secret place” comes from the Hebrew root word cether, which translates to “to hide or be concealed.” Basically, it’s somewhere that only you and God have access to. Nick talked about prayer in the last blog, closing with the idea that “the more you pray, the more you get to know God. The more you get to know God, the more powerful and confident you will be every day.” So, where do you get to know God? The secret place. What does it look like? That’s up to you!
As the pace of this semester picks up, it might feel difficult to find time to spend with God. One way to cultivate your secret place is to follow the example that Jesus sets in Scripture. Jesus often withdrew from the disciples to find somewhere quiet to meet his Father. In Mark 1 it says that “very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house, and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.” Jesus planned to spend time alone with God. He took time out of His day to do that. He found a place where He could focus on talking to God and listening to God. So let’s break that down into a few key ways to go to that place.
Find a place. Where is a physical location that you can step away from distraction. Some people love being in their dorm. If your roommate is chill, and that’s an option, your dorm can be a great place to have quiet time! If not, there are so many options around campus. The prayer chapel in the Wesley building is almost always open for y’all, and there are tons of cool nooks around campus that you can ask your small group leader or friends about!
Set aside a time every day to be with God. It doesn’t have to be the same time every day. It can be in the morning before class if that’s your speed. It can be at night before you go to bed. If you have a two hour gap between your classes, use 30 minutes of it to spend time with God.
Talk to God, and listen to Him too. God speaks to everyone differently, so find how He speaks to you and seek after it. If you can’t hear Him, try something new! You never know if God is speaking to you in a different way than before.
And guys, remember, God loves spending time with you. He can’t get enough of it. It can be easy to feel guilty if you don’t have an hour blocked out for your quiet time, or if you only have thirty minutes left in your day before you fall asleep. Just go for it. God isn’t gonna get angry with you if you fall asleep while you’re journaling or praying, because He just loves spending time with you. It’s always worth it when you’re going after God.
God, thank You for wanting to spend time with me. I ask that You will highlight to me the secret place. I pray that each time we spend together will be used in a way that draws me in closer to You. Amen.