THE HIDDEN PATH
Psa. 65:11 You have crowned the year with Your bounty,
And Your paths drip with fatness thy salvation.
The Bible talks about a hidden path that drips with fatness. Fatness is an interesting word. In the Bible it is describing a life of blessing and satisfaction. Fatness also speaks of the anointing. Isaiah spoke about fatness breaking the yoke of oppression from our lives. So in this passage David is describing a path that not many walk on, it is a hidden path. This secret walk is a life saturated with the goodness of God. This path will lead us through some difficult times, but even if it takes us in the midst of the valley of the shadow of death, He is there and our path still drips with fatness. Charles Spurgeon shared some incredible thoughts about this hidden path. Check this out.
“There is a special path dropping with fatness to those who walk therein, it is the secret walk of communion. Oh! the delights of fellowship with Jesus! Earth hath no words which can set forth the holy calm of a soul leaning on Jesus’ bosom. Few Christians understand it, they live in the lowlands and seldom climb to the top of Nebo: they live in the outer court, they enter not the holy place, they take not up the privilege of priesthood. At a distance they see the sacrifice, but they sit not down with the priest to eat thereof, and to enjoy the fat of the burnt offering. But, reader, sit thou ever under the shadow of Jesus; come up to that palm tree, and take hold of the branches thereof; let thy beloved be unto thee as the apple-tree among the trees of the wood, and thou shalt be satisfied as with marrow and fatness. O Jesus, visit us with thy salvation! ”
This passage reminds me of my tree planting days. As the old poem says, “it was the best of times and the worst of times”. Those tree-planting outings were filled with trials and filled with blessing. It seemed like we were cold and wet for months but at the same time there were precious encounters with God that could not have happened anywhere else. I can remember one particular morning, in a time of discouragement and depression, I began to look to the mountains and began to call out to God. I was at the point of quitting (whatever that meant, how can you walk home to NOLA from the woods of Washington State). It was as if God came down in the whole valley and showed off His Glory just for me. In that moment His nearness strengthened me and filled me with courage to press on. Being on that hidden path was the strength and the source of my life.
Maybe you feel like throwing in the towel. All of us have been there. In those times, in our weakest times, His strength is revealed to us and in us. As Paul learned, His power is perfected in our weakness. Take a walk today on the hidden path, it is the place of adventure and the incredible fatness found in Christ.