vs. 1 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the Most High. The blessings here promised are not for all believers but for those who live in close fellowship with God. Every child of God looks towards the inner sanctuary and the mercyseat, yet all do not dwell in the most holy place; they run to it at times and enjoy occasional approaches, but they do not habitually reside in the mysterious presence. C. H. S.
He. No matter who he may be, rich or poor, learned or unlearned, patrician or plebian, young or old, for “God is no respecter of persons,” but “He is rich to all that call upon Him.” Bellarmine
Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. No shelter can be imagined at all comparable to the protection of Jehovah’s own shadow. The Almighty Himself is where His shadow is, and hence those who dwell in His secret place are shielded by Himself. What a shade in the day of noxious heat! What a refuge in the hour of deadly storm! Communion with God is safety. The more closely we cling to our Almighty Father, the more confident may we be. C.H.S.
We read of a stag that roamed about in the greatest security by reason of its having a label on its neck, “Touch me not, I belong to Caesar”: thus the true servants of God are always safe, even among lions, bears, serpents, fire, water, thunder, and tempests; for all creatures know and reverence the shadow of God. Bellarmine
v 2. I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress. It is but poor comfort to say, ‘The Lord is a refuge,’ but to say He is my refuge is the essence of consolation. Those who believe should also speak–“I will say,” for such bold avowals honor God and lead others to seek the same confidence. Men are apt to proclaim their doubts, and even boast of them; indeed there is a party nowadays of the most audacious pretenders to culture and thought who glory in casting suspicion upon everything; hence it becomes the duty of all true believers to speak out and testify with calm courage to their own well-grounded reliance upon their God. C. H. S.
My God; in Him will I trust. Now he can say no more; “my God” means all, and more than all, that heart can conceive by way of security. We have trusted in God; let us trust Him still. He has never failed us; why then should we suspect Him? To trust in man is natural to fallen nature; to trust in God should be as natural to regenerated nature. C. H. S.
From “The Treasury of David”, by Charles H. Spurgeon and Abridged by David O. Fuller, pg. 383-384.