“Thou art my hiding place and my shield; I wait for Thy word.” – Psalm 119:114
“You are my hiding place
You always fill my heart with songs of deliverance
Whenever I am afraid I will trust in You …”
This chorus maintained popularity during my college days, and I have fond memories of singing it in Intervarsity meetings. Sometimes we sang in a round – and, of course, always A cappella.
Hiding often comes to mind as a playful game – an easy pastime that can just about be played anytime, any place. Children love it and adults act like children when they participate in the fun. But for the author who penned Psalm 119, this was no game. He referred to hiding because he feared for his physical safety.
Most of us probably aren’t faced with physically unsafe situations. Yet there’s a good possibility many of us often find ourselves emotionally vulnerable. Life abounds with heart-wrenching circumstances that easily can result in frequent worries and flimsy faith.
When we attempt to handle these difficulties alone, we leave ourselves unprotected.
Are we in that position right now? Let’s remember:
God is our hiding place … the safe zone where we can run for shelter. He additionally shields us from the enemy’s arrows and fiery darts. What an awesome God!
And here’s the treasure God gave me this morning: “waiting for His word” can also mean “hoping in His word.” We need to place ourselves under His protection AND patiently hope in the fulfillment of His Word.
The ache in our heart today might take many years to remedy. Or it might not ever fully heal this side of heaven. But God will keep His word.
“For the word of the LORD is right and true; he is faithful in all he does.” – Psalm 33:4 (NIV)