Do you need a hiding place? What is a hiding place? I remember as a child, one of my favorite games was, 'Hide and Seek'. It was so much fun and to run in free was the best of all. Hide and Seek, it was a great game and challenging to find the best place to hide so no one could find me and then when they weren't looking, to run as fast as I could to touch base and be free. That was a big challenge to get in free. Can we turn this idea into something Spiritual? Let's see what God has in store for us this morning.
When troubles surround us and things look bleak, where do we run to get away from it all? Is there a good place to hide so that we are safe from the troubles? I think there is a great place to hide. Let's find out what the Bible says about a Hiding Place.
Psalms 119:114 "You are my hiding place and my shield; I hope in Your word." I remember years ago, I was having trouble getting depressed and the thought came to me, start reading the Bible and I opened the Bible and started reading and would you believe it, the depression left and this text that I just found tells us to 'hope in His word.' That was the answer to the depression that I was having trouble with"
Psalms 32:7 "You are my hiding place; You shall preserve me from trouble; You shall surround me with songs of deliverance." Singing is a wonderful gift. My husband and I use to sing duets and he sang solos. I sang a solo once when I was about 12 years old and that was the last time. I was so scared, but an elderly man in the church was trying to encourage me to sing and he wanted me to sing a solo. He was so sweet that I finally consented to sing a solo. I still remember it. Singing is another place to find a refuge from the storms of life. It brings contentment, of course it depends on what we sing too. We should sing to the glory of God and there are a lot of good hymns to sing.
Psalms 17:8 "Keep me as the apple of Your eye; hide me under the shadow of Your wings." I cannot think of a better place to hide than under the shadow of God's wings. He mentions this again in Psalms 91:1 "He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High, shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty."
How do we dwell in the secret place of the Most High? The first verse we read here says our hope is in His word. So we need to dwell upon His word and the best time to do that is first thing in the morning. I have stressed being in His Presence over and over again and it is well worth mentioning again that 'In His presence is fullness of joy', we just learned that this week. We can have fullness of joy and that is a great hiding place to. To have fullness of joy gets rid of troubles too.
My hiding place is in His presence, Is yours there too? I hope so. It is a very safe place to be and so free from the troubles of this world. If we stay in His presence, we can be free from sin that so easily besets us and Satan is good at trying to keep us away from His presence, in all kinds of ways. Don't let him do it to you. Hold on to Jesus who is our strength and our Hiding Place. Grandma Joan