You are my Hiding Place


(NRSV) PSALM 119:114 You are my hiding place and my shield;
I hope in your word.

When I was a child I loved to hide. There was a cupboard in a duplex where we lived when I was four and I relished the coziness of that small spot. But as we grow older it becomes harder to find a good hiding place.

God has promised to shelter us under His wings (Ps. 94) or in the cleft of the rock (Ex. 33), to hide us to keep us safe. Safe from bodily harm? Not always, for as Jesus said in Matt 27, “the rain falls on the just and the unjust.”

If we hope in His word, then we can trust in Him to hide us safely away from spiritual harm. Isn’t that the best kind of hiding place there is?

Prayer: Dear Father, thank you for your word, and thank you that just as we hide your word in our hearts, you will hide us in your heart.

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