There is a special place in God, a place known as the Secret Place, or the Hiding Place.
It’s a place of peace, protection, provision; the fulfillment of God’s Promises.
A place where healing flows freely, grace covers like a shield, and no evil is allowed.
A special place where all the promises of God have been secured by the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
It’s a place known also as The Shadow of His Wings; the Mercy Seat of God.
He is our place of refuge. Our place of communion with Almighty God. The Table prepared in the presence of our enemies.
“There I will meet with you, and from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubim that are on the ark of the testimony, I will speak with you about all that I will give you in commandment for the people of Israel.” (Exodus 25:22 ESV)
Meeting with the Lord under the shadow of His wings, at the place where His testimonies, presence, power, and mercy all join together, is the place to which He calls us.
“Then the priests brought the ark of the covenant of the Lord to its place, in the inner sanctuary of the house, in the Most Holy Place, underneath the wings of the cherubim. The cherubim spread out their wings over the place of the ark, so that the cherubim made a covering above the ark and its poles.” (2 Chronicles 5:7 – 5:8 ESV)
Notice King David’s words:
“Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings, from the wicked who do me violence, my deadly enemies who surround me.” (Psalm 17:8 ESV)
“How precious is your steadfast love, O God! The children of mankind take refuge in the shadow of your wings. They feast on the abundance of your house, and you give them drink from the river of your delights.” (Psalm 36:7 ESV)
“…for you have been my help, and in the shadow of your wings I will sing for joy.” (Psalm 63:7 ESV)
“He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.” (Psalm 91:4 ESV)
It so grieved the Lord Jesus, shortly before His crucifixion, that His people would reject Him; would fail to run to His place of protection and fellowship. Scripture records Him weeping while lamenting over the city of Jerusalem.
“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you would not!” (Matthew 23:37 ESV)
It grieves Him today, with mankind clamoring to find meaning in life without God. He calls to each person, “Come to Me”, yet many have not yet answered His call.
However, there is a special promise for those who look for and find the secret place.
“But for you who fear my name, the sun of righteousness shall rise with healing in its wings. You shall go out leaping like calves from the stall.” (Malachi 4:2 ESV)
You see, He didn’t go through all He did just for everything to remain the same. He wasn’t punished for His sins. No! It was for us.
“He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
“Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his stripes we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:3 – 53:5 ESV)
And now the place of eternal refuge AND healing is open to whoever will dare to believe; will dare to receive Jesus Christ as Lord (Ruler) of their life.
“For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’”(Romans 10:13 ESV)
“But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God” (John 1:12 ESV)
“And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12 ESV)
“Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.’” (John 14:6 ESV)
“He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.” (1 Peter 2:24 ESV)
For when we take a step toward Him, He arises with healing in His Wings.
And new life begins…