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50B. Be My Strong Habitation (Hiding in Him: Come down, and come in.)

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  speaker icon   1. Take Time to Be Holy   (2:03)
  speaker icon   2. Be My Strong Habitation   (26:31)
  speaker icon   3. Still, Still with Thee   (2:15)

Selected Verses:

Psalm 71:3.  Be thou my strong habitation, whereunto I may continually resort: thou hast given commandment to save me; for thou art my rock and my fortress.


Hiding in Him doesn’t mean to turn your eyes inside out and to breathe heavily and to look religious, but it means to be united to God.  It means to let God Almighty take over, to shut you in with Himself so that wherever we are, whatever we do, we do and we are by Him, glory to God!  “Father, I in them, and Thou in Me.”

I think we see something of that in the life of Jesus.  We know that God Almighty lived in Him, walked in Him, controlled Him—His mind, His words.  He said, “The words that I speak unto you, I speak not of myself, but the Father that dwelleth in me…”  It’s a great secret: “He that seeth Me hath seen the Father.  Why sayest thou, ‘Show us the Father’?”  And so He says, “He that eateth Me shall live by Me.”  “Father, I in them…”

Now, that’s true of us this morning.  Christ is in us; the Father is in us.  But to hide in Him means to recognize that and to live it—to live by him, even as He lived by the Father.  That’s why the Lord is so persistent in calling us to hide in Him.

Selected Quotes:

speaker icon Oh, to hide in Him—to be “hid with Christ in God”—is a very mighty operation of the Holy Ghost.  And unless we submit to that hiding power of the Holy Ghost, we’ll never be hidden.  There are a thousand forces that pull us out.

speaker icon When He’s got all the powers of your soul in His control—nothing is jumping out, everything’s controlled by the Holy Ghost: your will, your thoughts, your memory, your feelings, your affections, past, present, and future—it’s all submitted to Him.  Oh, what humility that constitutes!  That’s the only true humility.  People have written plenty of books about humility.  It’s just as simple as that; it simply means abandonment to the indwelling King.

speaker icon Oh, how difficult it is for God to get His people to see that they need this hiding place.  They need to get into this hidden place “with Christ in God.”  Do you know why it’s so difficult?  Oh, because we like to appropriate things to ourselves.

speaker icon I had fallen in love with my love for Jesus.  Did you ever do that?  You know, we don’t know how deceitful these hearts of ours are and how “desperately wicked” until we are enlightened by the Holy Ghost.  And, oh, how is God going to get us to delight ourselves in the Lord as long as we delight ourselves in anything outside of Him?  That’s where our defeats come from.

speaker icon Oh, it’s such a healthy experience to get acquainted with your horribleness so that you will hide.  Oh, Jesus is opening His heart.  He says, “Abide in Me, and I in you.”  “Without Me ye can do nothing.”

speaker icon Well, the time has come when God must find a people that are hidden, really hidden—not in some corner, not in a monastery or a nunnery.  That isn’t the place.  But there is a “strong habitation.”  It’s strong: the devil can’t get at you, and you can’t get out.  It’s powerful: “It’s walls are salvation; it’s gates are praise.”  But God Himself—when God Himself hides me, it means that He grips every part of my being.  He controls. 

The reason we’re overthrown and overcome by evil is because we haven’t hidden.  We haven’t come in.  Oh, how dangerous it is!


An illustration of appropriating God’s gifts for self.  “That’s what’s the matter as long as you are the center of the universe.  Why, then God has to command all the Milky Way to serve you, and everything relates to you.  All your spiritual attainments somehow have to reflect credit on yourself.  That isn’t hiding; that’s outwardness.”    (from 8:46)

Being used of God can be merely another fuel for pride.    (from 14:08)

An example of ministering by human wisdom.    (from 18:15)

A kindergarten story about a smart aleck fish who would not take warning.    (from 21:45)


The Autobiography of Madam Guyon.  A scan of the unabridged autobiography in two large PDF files appears here: Volume 1, Volume 2.

HRW quotes from this anonymous poem, appearing in Streams in the Desert, by Mrs. Charles Cowman:

He was better to me than all my hopes;
He was better than all my fears;
He made a bridge of my broken works,
And a rainbow of my tears.
The billows that guarded my sea-girt path,
But carried my Lord on their crest;
When I dwell on the days of my wilderness march
I can lean on His love for the rest.

He emptied my hands of my treasured store,
And His covenant love revealed,
There was not a wound in my aching heart,
But the balm of His breath hath healed.
Oh, tender and true was the chastening sore,
In wisdom, that taught and tried,
Till the soul that He sought was trusting in Him,
And nothing on earth beside.

He guided by paths that I could not see,
By ways that I have not known;
The crooked was straight, and the rough was plain
As I followed the Lord alone.
I praise Him still for the pleasant palms,
And the water-springs by the way,
For the glowing pillar of flame by night,
And the sheltering cloud by day.

Never a watch on the dreariest halt,
But some promise of love endears;
I read from the past, that my future shall be
Far better than all my fears.
Like the golden pot, of the wilderness bread,
Laid up with the blossoming rod,
All safe in the ark, with the law of the Lord,
Is the covenant care of my God.

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Project Notes:

It seems like there is crosstalk from a different recording on the left channel.  The right channel was selected; the recording was slowed to 103.0% of its original duration.  Light hiss reduction was run; DeHummer 8 filter, 24dB reduction at 60.00Hz; and compression.  The selection for these operations started at sample 79500000 in the original file.

The first word of the sermon, “…habitation” was removed.  It was garbled with a pitch shift, and apparently the last word of a sentence that was not recorded.  A number of stutters were removed.  Quite a few pops were manually removed.  This recording should perhaps be slowed by another percent.


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