The Secret of the Lord (Part 5) by Pastor Carl W. Mann, II

Psalm 25:14 (KJV) “The secret of the LORD is with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant.” 

Last week we began the discussion concerning the “Purpose” of the LORD’S “Secret.”

It is the Father’s desire to meet with His “in-crowd” in “Times” of …

  • Trouble

Recently, the United States was adversely impacted by two major Hurricanes (Harvey and Irma).  As Harvey was approaching Texas and Louisiana, and Irma was approaching Florida and other Southern States, we heard the warning, “Seek shelter immediately.  Do NOT attempt to face these storms alone with ordinary means!  You need to evacuate your homes and go to a shelter –  vacate the area completely!”

It is critically important where we run for shelter in a storm.  Jesus told us that we would have to face storms (“tribulations”) in this life…

John 16:33 (KJV) “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world” (Emphasis Mine). 

John 14:27 (KJV) Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid” (Emphasis Mine).

One of my favorite childhood memories is the security I experienced – the “safe” feeling – when I could crawl into bed between my parents when I was scared or sick.  Just feeling their presence near me seemed to make everything “alright!”  That is what God’s “in crowd” experiences in the “Secret of the LORD!”

Psalm 27:5 (KJV) “For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock” (Emphasis Mine). 

Psalm 31:19-20 (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! Thou shalt hide them in the secret of thy presence from the pride of man: thou shalt keep them secretly in a pavilion from the strife of tongues” (Emphasis Mine).

If you study the strategies of ancient war and research the historical encampments of armies, you will discover something quite interesting AND insightful.  It does not matter what the size of the encampment was, or where it was located, the “Tent” or “Tabernacle” that housed the General of the Army was placed in the spot that afforded the most protection.  Such was the “view” that prompted David’s writing in Psalms 27 & 31!

Since David was a successful military leader, he appreciated the promptings of the Holy Spirit that enabled him to write…

Psalm 91:1-2 (KJV) “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust” (Emphasis Mine). 

If you study the Hebrew words for “Dwelleth” and “Shadow,” you will discover that Psalm 91:1 could read thusly, “He that sits down and tarries in the private hiding place of the Most High will be under the protection and defenses of the Almighty, Who has never lost a battle!”

God’s “in crowd” enjoys His unconquerable protection in times of trouble when they enter the “Secret of LORD!”

It is the Father’s desire to meet with His “in-crowd” in “Times” of …

  • Trial & Temptation

I don’t know many people who do not enjoy the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in the Old Testament (Daniel 3:1-30).  I draw strength from these Scriptures every time I find myself in a spiritual trial.

These three Hebrew children refused to bow to the demands of the king of Babylon there were contrary to Scriptural principles and precepts.  Because of their unwillingness to obey the king, or rather their willfulness to obey God rather than man, the king ordered them to be cast in the “burning fiery furnace.”  It was in the middle of the “trial,” that the “Son of God” appeared in their midst and protected them from harm!

God’s “in crowd” experience His “keeping power” while they are in their fiercest trials!

1 Corinthians 10:13 (KJV) “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it” (Emphasis Mine). 

How is that a child of God learns that God will neither nor forsake him?  That “lesson” can only be “learned” IN a trial or a temptation!  It is in the times of extreme trial and temptation that we hear God “still, small voice.” All we need to do is review 1 Kings 19:1-18 to see how God led Elijah to His “Secret Place” and encouraged him to get quiet enough to hear His “still, small voice.”

God’s “in crowd” enjoys the comforting Presence of the LORD as He pulls them close to His Heart and whispers His Word into their spirits in times of trial and temptation.  Job understood this principle…

Job 14:13 (KJV) “O that thou wouldest hide me in the grave, that thou wouldest keep me secret, until thy wrath be past, that thou wouldest appoint me a set time, and remember me!” (Emphasis Mine

It is the Father’s desire to meet with His “in-crowd” in “Times” of …

  • Talking

I saved the best for last! It is difficult for us to comprehend that God just enjoys visiting with us!  He created us to Know, Love, and Serve Him; but, none of this can be accomplished without having a healthy, loving relationship with Him.  Once again, this relationship cannot be accomplished except through His “Elder Son!”

John 14:6 (KJV) “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (Emphasis Mine). 

I know we can run to our Father always!  BUT, I’ve discovered He shares His most intimate “Secrets” with His “in crowd” when they are just desiring to spend time with Him – just because they love Him.  I believe it will be in a time like this that they will hear…

Song of Songs 2:10-13 (KJV) “My beloved spake, and said unto me, Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away. For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone; The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land; The fig tree putteth forth her green figs, and the vines with the tender grape give a good smell. Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away” (Emphasis Mine). 

Psalm 25:14 (KJV) “The secret of the LORD is with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant.”