He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High, shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.”
Most people have a favorite room in their home whether it be a bedroom, living room, den, kitchen, or workroom. It is the room a person enjoys more than any other room in the house. It may be a place to be alone or to enjoy with family and friends. God has a favorite room. His room is not a place where He prefers to be alone. It is a room He loves to share with the believer. God’s favorite room for He and the believer is the Holy of Holies.
In Jerusalem’s temple, Solomon’s Porch, the Court of the Gentiles, the Court of the Women, the Court of Israel, and the Court of the Priests became obsolete because the old covenant written on stone was replaced with a new covenant written on the hearts of men. The believer is no longer bound by the law enforced by the restrictions and divisions in the earthly temple.
The apostle Paul said, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.“ (Galatians 3:28) Since believers are now one in Christ, our Lord no longer looks at us according to our nationality or gender. He sees us as one priestly nation. Since we are now priests, there is only one place suitable for us – the Holy of Holies. The inner sanctuary should be our favorite room!
When Christ takes up residence with us, it is for the sole purpose of communion and fellowship. God is not into rituals, He is into relationships. The porch and the courts were all about rituals while the inner sanctuary is a place of relationship. Jesus has no intention of gathering with us on the porch because we are no longer condemned. He does not consider us to be unclean or sinners, we are His saints. He does not invite us into the courts because there is nothing we can do to earn His favor or His love. We cannot give God anything that is more precious to Him than our lives. There is no act of obedience that will cause God to love us more and there is no act of disobedience that will cause God to love us any less. God wants to lavish us with His unconditional love and the only place suitable for doing such is in the Holy of Holies. Therefore, when God calls us His temple wherein He dwells, He sees us as His inner sanctuary.
Every day, we must make a conscious decision to experience God in the Holy of Holies because any place less will leave us feeling unfulfilled. The psalmist made this truth clear when he said whoever dwells or remains in the secret place, the inner sanctuary, will abide with the Almighty. The inner sanctuary is the only place where we can abide in Him. Jesus stressed the importance of abiding when He said, “Abide in Me, and I in you. As a branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.” (John 15:4, 7). To “abide” means to live with someone in total agreement. Abiding in Christ is to live in the center of His will. Abiding in Christ is the only place to be blessed by Christ. The psalmist said we abide under the shadow of the Almighty which means, abiding in Christ in the inner sanctuary is the only place where we are protected by Christ. To be in the Holy of Holies is to be under the umbrella of God’s protection. The adversary, the devil, cannot touch us, inflict us, discourage us, or defeat us when we are under the Lord’s protection in the Holy of Holies. Our enemy is not permitted to enter into the Holy of Holies. It is reserved for God and His children.
Where are you right now? Do you see yourself in the inner sanctuary with Christ? Is the Holy of Holies your favorite room? Are you making a conscious decision to experience God in the Holy of Holies? Any place other than the inner sanctuary will leave you feeling unfulfilled and unprotected. If you have lost sight of this profound truth, will you repent and return, in your spirit, to your rightful and only place where God has chosen to commune and fellowship with you – the Holy of Holies.