Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Hiding Place

Jochebed makes a basket for
Moses - Exodus 2:1-8
(Illustrator of Lillie A. Faris's
'Standard Bible Story Readers,
Book 1-5', 1925-28)

TODAY'S SPECIAL: Psalm 31:1-24

TO CHEW ON: "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 31:20

When I think about God and hiding, I recall Corrie Ten Boom's book, The Hiding Place. In it, not only did the Ten Boom family hide the Jews, but God was a hiding place for them. (Remember the story of how Corrie and Betsy got a Bible past the guards and into prison with them?)

Whether we're in trouble or just need a refuge from the wear and tear of life, the thought of a hiding place in God is mighty attractive. The definition of the word "hide" expands our view of what this can mean.

[hide: To put or keep oneself out of sight, conceal. To keep secret, withhold from knowledge. To block or obstruct the sight of, keep from view. To keep oneself out of sight, remain concealed. To remain concealed as a fugitive.]

With those definitions in mind, let's look at some of the mentions of hiding and God in the Bible.

  • God conceals us:
David is asking God to conceal him from the "plots of man" and the "strife of tongues" in our focus verse today. He prays similarly in Psalm 27:5 for God to hide him in the time of trouble, and in 64:2 from "secret plots" and "rebellious workers of iniquity."


  • We hide in God:
Sometimes we are the ones who run to God for hiding. "You are my hiding place," says David in Psalm 32:7; "In You I take shelter" - Psalm 143:9.


  • We're close to God:
When we're hiding this way we stay close to God: "under the shadow of your wings" - Psalm 17:8.

  • He hides and protects:
God becomes to us both a hiding place and a protection (shield). How? Through His word - Psalm 119:114.

  • Hidden lifestyle
Hiding in God is where we can actually live: "He who dwells in the secret place of the most high shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty" - Psalm 91:1. I think of an iceberg and how it is nine tenths under water. That's how I envision this hidden life with God and ask myself, is the one tenth public part part of my life evidence that the nine tenths part is actually living and hidden in God?

PRAYER: Dear God, please help me to hide in You in every sense of the word. May Your presence shield me from trials, enemies, tongue strife etc. But mostly, may the part of my life that people see be evidence that I am close to You, hidden in You. Amen.

MORE: "The Hiding Place" - the movie

The story of Corrie's book was made into a movie. If you haven't seen it - it's worth a watch - or two! Here is the movie trailer.






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