In South Africa, we are about halfway through our four weeks of lockdown. For some, frustrations and tensions may be rising. For others, boredom may be setting in. Maybe you are getting tired of simply being still. Maybe your enthusiasm for spending time in the secret place has diminished. Or maybe you haven’t even felt up to entering the secret place yet. Well, open your heart for your passion to be reignited…
Psalm 31:20-21 NKJV
You shall hide them in the secret place of Your presence from the plots of man; You shall keep them secretly in a pavilion from the strife of tongues. Blessed be the LORD, For He has shown me His marvelous kindness in a strong city!
A strong city is referring to a besieged city, i.e. a city on lockdown. God wants to show us His wonderful, marvellous kindness in this time of lockdown. And what a great time to be hidden in the hiding place of His Presence, to be kept secret in the secret place of His Presence.
The secret place is not boring. It is the most exciting place. It is the place where true life takes place. It is the place where we come to know Jesus Christ.
Getting to know Jesus Christ is the most exciting adventure in life. Actually, it is life! He is Life! He is the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. He is the first and the last… And everything in between! We cannot plumb the depths of Who He is. He is infinite. He is limitless. He is all in all.
Paul once wrote that he had received grace to preach the unsearchable riches of Christ (Ephesians 3:8). The word unsearchable means past finding out. Unfathomable, incomprehensible, untraceable, boundless! Jesus Christ is a bottomless ocean of pure love, joy and peace. He is a treasure chest of infinite dimensions…
Psalm 31:19 KJV
Oh how great is thy goodness, which thou hast laid up for them that fear thee, which thou hast wrought for them that trust in thee before the sons of men!
The Hebrew word translated great also means abundant and plenteous. The phrase translated which thou hast laid up means to hide (by covering over), to hoard, to reserve, to protect and to keep secret. Oh, how great, abundant and plenteous is God’s goodness which He has reserved and stored up for us. A treasure chest awaits filled with all of God’s goodness, kindness, grace and mercy awaits…
The NIV says: “How abundant are the good things that you have stored up for those who fear you…” While TPT says: “Lord, how wonderful you are! You have stored up so many good things for us, like a treasure chest heaped up and spilling over with blessings – all for those who honour and worship you!” God has a hidden treasure chest heaped up and filled to overflowing with His blessings and His goodness. And it is exclusively reserved for us!
Proverbs 25:2-3 NKJV
It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, but the glory of kings is to search out a matter. As the heavens for height and the earth for depth, so the heart of kings is unsearchable.
The word glory here is used in the sense of it being an honour and a privilege. The Hebrew word translated conceal means to hide and keep secret. It’s God’s honour to hide things and keep them secret. But these aren’t things aren’t hidden from us, but rather for us. It’s the honour of kings to search out these things and examine them intimately.
Jesus is the ultimate King. He is the King of kings. But we are also kings. We are the kings that He is King of. Jesus has made us kings unto God (Revelation 1:6). So, it’s our honour to search and find out the hidden, secret mysteries that God has concealed. Psalm 25:14 says that the secret of the Lord is with those who fear Him…
Again, God has a secret, hidden treasure chest filled with all of His glory (which is His goodness). And that treasure chest is none other than the Lord Jesus Christ Himself! He is God’s Treasure Chest. He is the brightness of God’s glory and the express image of His Person (Hebrews 1:3). In Him the unsearchable riches of God’s goodness are found.
Proverbs 25:3 goes onto say that the heart of kings is unsearchable. Our hearts are unsearchable. Why? Because there are unsearchable riches in Christ. And if we are in Christ, then He is in us. In our hearts. That is the mystery of the Gospel – Christ in us, the hope of glory (Colossians 1:27). Unsearchable riches in unsearchable hearts! Higher than the heights of the heavens; deeper than the depths of the earth…
God’s treasure chest is hidden in our own hearts. Jesus Christ is living inside of us. So, we’re on this divine treasure hunt. We have our treasure map (the Bible, the written Word of God). And we even have our own personal guide (the Holy Spirit). The Holy Spirit has been sent to guide us into all truth (John 16:13). In other words, He helps us find the treasure!
Let the divine treasure hunt commence… 🎊
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