The Secret Place

JANUARY 7, 2015

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91:1 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

2 I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.

9 Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation;

10 There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.

11 For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.

46:1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

62:2 He only is my rock and my salvation; he is my defence;

16:1 Preserve me, O God: for in thee do I put my trust.

26:6 I will wash mine hands in innocency:




6:16 … the king commanded, and they brought Daniel, and cast him into the den of lions.

19 Then the king arose very early in the morning, and went in haste unto the den of lions.

20 And when he came to the den, he cried with a lamentable voice unto Daniel: and the king spake and said to Daniel, O Daniel, servant of the living God, is thy God, whom thou servest continually, able to deliver thee from the lions?

21 Then said Daniel unto the king, O king, live for ever.

22 My God hath sent his angel, and hath shut the lions’ mouths, that they have not hurt me: forasmuch as before him innocency was found in me; and also before thee, O king, have I done no hurt.


S&H 581:4-5 (to ;)

ANGELS. God’s thoughts passing to man; spiritual intuitions, pure and perfect;


S&H 567:3 (only)

These angels deliver us from the depths.


S&H 568:1 (only)

Innocence and Truth overcome guilt and error.


S&H 66:10-11

Trials are proofs of God’s care.


S&H 410:14-21

Every trial of our faith in God makes us stronger. The more difficult seems the material condition to be overcome by Spirit, the stronger should be our faith and the purer our love. The Apostle John says: “There is no fear in Love, but perfect Love casteth out fear. . . . He that feareth is not made perfect in Love.”


S&H 514:26-28

Understanding the control which Love held over all, Daniel felt safe in the lions’ den, and Paul proved the viper to be harmless.




23:23  Am I a God at hand, saith the Lord, and not a God afar off?

24  Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him? saith the Lord. Do not I fill heaven and earth? saith the Lord.




19:1  … Saul spake to Jonathan his son, and to all his servants, that they should kill David.

2  But Jonathan Saul’s son delighted much in David: and Jonathan told David, saying, Saul my father seeketh to kill thee: now therefore, I pray thee, take heed to thyself until the morning, and abide in a secret place, and hide thyself:

3  And I will go out and stand beside my father in the field where thou art, and I will commune with my father of thee; and what I see, that I will tell thee.

4  ¶And Jonathan spake good of David unto Saul his father, and said unto him, Let not the king sin against his servant, against David; because he hath not sinned against thee, and because his works have been to thee-ward very good:

5  For he did put his life in his hand, and slew the Philistine, and the Lord wrought a great salvation for all Israel: thou sawest it, and didst rejoice: wherefore then wilt thou sin against innocent blood, to slay David without a cause?

6  And Saul hearkened unto the voice of Jonathan: and Saul sware, As the Lord liveth, he shall not be slain.




1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.


SH 234:31-3

Evil thoughts and aims reach no farther and do no more harm than one’s belief permits. Evil thoughts, lusts, and malicious purposes cannot go forth, like wandering pollen, from one human mind to another, finding unsuspected lodgment, if virtue and truth build a strong defence.


SH 151:20-24

Every function of the real man is governed by the divine Mind. The human mind has no power to kill or to cure, and it has no control over God’s man. The divine Mind that made man maintains His own image and likeness.


S&H 390:4-9  (2nd we)

… we should never deny the everlasting harmony of Soul, simply because, to the mortal senses, there is seeming discord. It is our ignorance of God, the divine Principle, which produces apparent discord, and the right understanding of Him restores harmony.


S&H 228:25-27

There is no power apart from God. Omnipotence has all-power, and to acknowledge any other power is to dishonor God.




1:9  … Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.




2:1 Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,

11 ¶ And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him:

12 And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way.

13 And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him.

14 When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt:

19 ¶ But when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the Lord appeareth in a dream to Joseph in Egypt,

20 Saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and go into the land of Israel: for they are dead which sought the young child’s life.




4:14 And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee: and there went out a fame of him through all the region round about.

15  And he taught in their synagogues, …

28 And all they in the synagogue, when they heard these things, were filled with wrath,

29 And rose up, and thrust him out of the city, and led him unto the brow of the hill whereon their city was built, that they might cast him down headlong.

30 But he passing through the midst of them went his way, …




3:5 ¶ Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

29:25 …. whoso putteth his trust in the Lord shall be safe.


S&H 387:27

The history of Christianity furnishes sublime proofs of the supporting influence and protecting power bestowed on man by his heavenly Father, omnipotent Mind, who gives man faith and understanding whereby to defend himself, not only from temptation, but from bodily suffering.


S&H 254:10-12

When we wait patiently on God and seek Truth righteously, He directs our path.


S&H 380:28

Nothing is more disheartening than to believe that there is a power opposite to God, or good, and that God endows this opposing power with strength to be used against Himself, against Life, health, harmony.


S&H 420:3-4

Truth not error, Love not hate, Spirit not matter, governs man.


S&H 71:1-4

Nothing is real and eternal, — nothing is Spirit, — but God and His idea. Evil has no reality. It is neither person, place, nor thing, but is simply a belief, an illusion of material sense.


S&H 186:11-16, 19-20

Evil is a negation, because it is the absence of truth. It is nothing, because it is the absence of something. It is unreal, because it presupposes the absence of God, the omnipotent and omnipresent. Every mortal must learn that there is neither power nor reality in evil.

The only power of evil is to destroy itself. It can never destroy one iota of good.


S&H 444:10

Step by step will those who trust Him find that “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”




21:10 Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom:

11 And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.

25 ¶ … and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;

26 Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth:

31 … when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand.

36 Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.


And from the New English Bible:




6:5  … when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites; they love to say their prayers standing up in synagogue and at the street-corners, for everyone to see them. I tell you this: they have their reward already.

6   But when you pray, go into a room by yourself, shut the door, and pray to your Father who is there in the secret place; and your Father who sees what is secret will reward you. ⁿ


S&H 12:31-1

In Divine Science, where prayers are mental, all may avail themselves of God as “a very present help in trouble.”


S&H 13:10-12

If our petitions are sincere, we labor for what we ask; and our Father, who seeth in secret, will reward us openly.


S&H 207:20-23

There is but one primal cause. Therefore there can be no effect from any other cause, and there can be no reality in aught which does not proceed from this great and only cause.


S&H 180:25-27

When man is governed by God, the ever-present Mind who understands all things, man knows that with God all things are possible.


S&H 232:7-8

Security for the claims of harmonious and eternal being is found only in divine Science.



The November Class, 1898
The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany

Page 244:15

“The ‘secret place,’ whereof David sang, is unquestionably man’s spiritual state in God’s own image and likeness, even the inner sanctuary of divine Science, in which mortals do not enter without a struggle or sharp experience, and in which they put off the human for the divine.”


“The Power of Innocence”

By Harold Molter

The Christian Science Sentinel – May 12, 1956


“The innocent mind rooted in Christ is safe because there is nothing in it to respond to evil or materiality.


“Evil cannot touch the pure in heart, those whose thoughts are rooted and grounded in Truth. Innocence and purity are divine qualities and as such are a law of annihilation to error in whatever form it appears.


“When the prophet Daniel was brought before the king and accused of worshiping his own God, he was put into a den of lions. What protected him from being attacked by these beasts? His innocency, his purity of thought, in which there was no resentment, no unlovely response to the evil designs of his enemies to get rid of him.


“When asked by the king if his God had saved him, Daniel answered, ‘My God hath sent his angel, and hath shut the lions’ mouths, that they have not hurt me: forasmuch as before him innocency was found in me; and also before thee, O king, have I done no hurt.’


“Innocence is one of the qualities of God. And since God is the only power and the only presence—is infinite, All—His whole creation is innocent, pure, holy; therefore it can have no knowledge of sin or discord. Our work as Christian Scientists is to identify our thoughts with the fact of man’s innocence. This supplies us with a strong defense, whereby the claims of error are rendered harmless and helpless, just as the lions were quieted in the presence of Daniel’s innocency.”



“Under the Government of Divine Principle, Love”

By Richard Nenneman

Christian Science Sentinel, February 27, 2006


“The challenge for the individual today is not just learning how to live with the constant threat of terror, but how to deal with it.


“The 91st Psalm contains the familiar words, “Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day.” And, further on, the Psalmist tells why one need not be afraid—because God will “give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.” These angels, which Christian Science recognizes as God’s ideas flowing to man, are the thoughts that come to us when we need them to aid in our protection.


“Just as one finds individual protection through turning to God for guidance, one can turn to God in the larger challenges. We need to see that we are not merely Arabs, Europeans, or Americans. Nor must we even define ourselves solely as Muslims, Christians, or Jews.


“The challenge is to rise to that Christ consciousness—that is, the spiritual view of creation—in which we can claim the protection that is provided for all by an omnipotent, omnipresent God.


“Most people who are aware of what’s happening in the world today would like to help in bringing an end to the threat of terror, not only in their own lives, but for individuals and nations all over the planet. The most effective thing we may bring to this effort is the quiet, earnest knowing, through prayer, that we are not divided by race, geography, or religion, but that we all live under the government of divine Principle, Love.”