When the world seems to be shaking, a people will arise who know how to maintain their strength in the midst of it all. These are people who draw near to the Lord in times of crisis.
According to Scripture, it won’t matter to these people if the moon and stars fall from the sky, or if the mountains quake and fall into the sea. They will still have faith in the Lord to save them, and they will not have their faith shaken by anything that comes.
In Psalm 31, David introduces a phrase to God’s people: “The secret of thy presence.” David writes: “Oh, how great is Your goodness, which you have prepared for those who trust in You. Which You have prepared for those who trust in You in the presence of the sons of men! You shall hide them in the secret place of Your presence from the plots of man; You shall keep them secretly in a pavilion from the strife of tongues” (Psalm 31:19–20, my italics).
David is saying something very profound here to the Body of Christ, telling us, in essence: “All true strength comes from drawing near to the Lord. Indeed, the measure of our strength is proportionate to our nearness to Him.”
Simply put, the closer we are to Jesus, the stronger we are going to be. In fact, all the strength we are ever going to need will come through our secret life of prayer.
Scripture says if we will simply draw near to Christ, He will draw near to us. And by drawing near to Him, we will be given a fresh supply of strength daily. That is the “secret of His presence” that David refers to in Psalm 31.