The Shadow of the Almighty
He that dwells in the secret place of the most high shall abide under the shadow of the most Almighty.
David, the sweet psalmist of Israel, penned these words over 3000 years ago. What a pleasant thought, to be hid in the shadow of the Almighty. To have his wonderful protection and all the security of knowing that our loving Father is protecting us as a mother hen protects her brood of chicks.
What does it really mean though? Where is this secret place? Am I hid there? How can this grace and protection be found?
When we look at the life of David, one thing stands out. David was constantly being chased through the mountains as fugitive and an enemy of the state. He was betrayed by his friend, and chased again by his own son through the mountains after he was made king. He knew hardship and heartache and yet, when we read his words to this day, they ring with joy and praise and comfort. Words that have ministered to generations, of the goodness and mercies of God, ring true in our own hearts today. This secret place, it can not be a place of ease and relaxation.
David casts more light upon where this secret place is in Psalm 18:11 when he reveals that God "made darkness his secret place". If you want to find God's secret place, be prepared to go into the darkness. Without a trial of faith, you will never find that secret place. You will never know what it means to be hid in the shadow of the most high.
There is a wonderful depth to the meaning of living in the shadow of the Almighty. It can be tied directly to the scripture in Revelation 19:10 where the Angel told John, "the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy."
Throughout the ages the Almighty has always had his faithful ones hid in his shadow. Think of a shadow as a silhouette cast upon a wall. The shadow casts an image of the one whose shadow it is. If we are hid in the shadow of the Almighty, we are hid in the image of him cast upon this earth. This is the privilege of his people. This is the spirit of prophecy the Angel was talking about. This is "the shadow of the Almighty" that we are honored to walk in.
The Shadow of the Cross
"My Life is Hid in Christ Jesus"
All of us, Solomon said, "spend our life as a shadow" *(1). The question is; whose shadow shall we live in?
James also tells us of a shadow that has no place in the Almighty. It is the "shadow of turning" * (2). This shadow was first cast upon this earth by Lucifer and followed quickly by Adam and Eve, to their own hurt. James admonishes us, that though we are tempted, "Do not err", and to lay aside all the filthiness of this world, and receive with meekness God's word. This is key to living in Christ, and abiding in God's shadow of protection.
I will use Jacob's son Joseph as an example. In Joseph we see an astounding testimony of faith, and the love of God that lived in him. We can see that through terrible injustice and persecution, the testimony of Jesus and the Spirit of Prophecy break through as a bright and shining light showing the image of the Lord Jesus Christ. *(3)
Joseph was hated of his brethren - as Jesus was.
Joseph's brethren conspired against him to kill him - as did the high priests of the Jews to Jesus.
Joseph was cast into a pit without water - as Jesus went to hell itself.
Joseph was stripped of his garments - as Jesus was.
Joseph was sold for 20 pieces of silver - Jesus was infamously sold for 30.
Joseph was sold to the gentiles - as Jesus was.
Joseph became the head of the heathen - as was prophesied of Messiah and as Jesus fulfilled.
In the end Joseph's brethren acknowledged his Lordship and were saved - as is prophesied and will be fulfilled when the Jews turn to Christ, and all Israel shall be saved.
Through all his trials Joseph's testimony stands strong. It is because of the faith God put in his heart, that he was able to endure such incredible temptation. It was this same heart that refused the shadow of turning when tempted. Josephs stands throughout the generations as an image of Christ to come. This is the honor of the priesthood of God!
This is the shadow of the Almighty. This is the testimony of Jesus, and the Spirit of Prophecy.
Joseph Embraces His Brothers
* (1) Ecclesiastes 6:12
* (2) James 1:17
* (3) Genesis 37
talford (author) from U.S.A. on August 04, 2015:
Tom on August 03, 2015:
talford (author) from U.S.A. on May 11, 2014:
Rainie, you can sign up with hubpages and they will send you notifications. You could also copy and paste.
Johna, thank you. I am glad you were edified.
Johna722 on May 11, 2014:
Very informative post.Really thank you! Awesome. ebegdkggdagk
Rainie on March 29, 2014:
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talford (author) from U.S.A. on January 02, 2013:
Thank you for visiting Berven.
Berven on December 10, 2012:
This is powerful, thank God I came across this page
akweley on June 08, 2012:
This is deep. God bless you for sharing
Ruthie on May 10, 2012:
This is a heart message. Y ou have experienced the Secret Place.
talford (author) from U.S.A. on February 04, 2011:
Thank you Steven. TA
steven oliver from North Carolina on January 20, 2011:
thank you for this message! very insightful and thought provolking!
talford (author) from U.S.A. on December 25, 2010:
Thank you, g. c.
glorious church on December 25, 2010:
nice piece of reflection. thank God for the revelation he shared through you.
talford (author) from U.S.A. on November 20, 2010:
Thank you schoolgirl. You are very kind.
schoolgirlforreal on November 19, 2010:
This is a real prize this hub. So beautiful, true, and greatly written. Will def bookmark it and voted up and beautiful.
talford (author) from U.S.A. on September 26, 2010:
Thank you Jeanie,
I greatly appreciate it. I have not written anything in quite a while but hope to be writing again soon.
JeanieR from Sequoia National Forest, CA on September 26, 2010:
Living in the shadow of the Almighty...great piece! And I also love your response above this comment: "setting our tents in the Land of Promise." Talford, you have a real gift for creating imagery with words...imagery that goes a ways in laying a foundation for faith. I'll be back!
talford (author) from U.S.A. on February 05, 2010:
James, The answer to your question is; do as Jesus said, "Abide in me, and I in you."; and again, "If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love."
It is a daily walk. The battle we face is not physical. It is not hard in the context of our physical abilities. What makes it difficult is that, our own nature is the enemy.
The very nature of man is contrary to the faith we must chose to walk in. Rejecting the doubts, the fears, the short lived lusts and jealousies, that come to all mankind; we must hold to the unchanging truths of his Word and promises to us.
Do this, and just as the patriarchs before us; we will be setting our tents in the land of promise, soon to be inherited.
James Balami on January 26, 2010:
It is a divine opportunity to dwell secret palce of the Most High.
Who actually dwells in the secret place of the Most High?
Tyhill27 from Red Deer, Alberta on July 24, 2008:
Powerful! Such powerful Words Tom I hope to write like you do with practice. How awesome it is that when God reveals Himself to us that we become forever changed for life! I admire your strong faith and wisdom after all these years. I believe God has you in his shadow, the secret place of the almighty. It's nice to meet you brother,Ty
Rob Jundt from Midwest USA on June 13, 2008:
David, A man after God's own heart: Trained in the obscurity of the wilderness in order to establish His throne forever. Oh, the paradox of the Word of God. Well written and inpsiring hub.
SweetiePie from Southern California, USA on June 10, 2008:
This hub is very inspirational with its simple message and direct Bible quotes. I am glad you put you hub about polygamy leading to slavery at the bottom because maybe a few people who believe this lifestyle is harmless will read your hubs and learn the truth. Also, I am glad to hear about crosswalk.com and thanks for sharing this.
DoUKnowtheTruth? from From His Kingdom on June 09, 2008:
I'm sorry, please forgive me. I was so touched by your message. Correction, You are a true Son of the Most High God. I don't think it really matters what sex gender we are, as long as the spirit in us all are unified in His Spirit. And for the record I am a daughter of the Most High. I'm glad that we have cleared this up. Blessed Be.
talford (author) from U.S.A. on June 09, 2008:
Thank You, DoUKnowtheTruth, for the wonderful comment. Just for the record though, I am a guy, but I appreciate the post.
DoUKnowtheTruth? from From His Kingdom on June 09, 2008:
You are a true daughter of the Most High God. Be blessed and protected in His Name. He is with you every moment and declares your name with pride. He sings songs of you in the presence of His angels. God's love and glory rains down on us all and fills the earth with His Spirit of Salvation and Love. My enemies fall and perish at His presence. You are blessed. In His Mighty Name.
donnaleemason from North Dakota, USA on June 08, 2008:
talford (author) from U.S.A. on June 08, 2008:
Thank you both for your kind comments.
Jason2917 on June 08, 2008:
You wrote, "All of us, Solomon said, 'spend our life as a shadow' *(1). The question is; whose shadow shall we live in?" Very good point. Well said.
Psalms 84:2-4; "My soul longs, yes, faints for the courts of the LORD; my heart and flesh sing for joy to the living God. Even the sparrow finds a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, at your altars, O LORD of hosts, my King and my God. Blessed are those who dwell in your house, ever singing your praise!"
SirDent on June 08, 2008:
Beautifully written. Thank you for sharing this.