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You are my Hiding Place and my Shield; I HOPE in Your Word. Psalm 119.114
In 2004-7, I drove around in my white Subaru wagon with a yellow sticky note sun-dried and brittle on the dash: You, O God, are my Hiding Place. In the CD player, at the ready, was Selah’s hit song, You Are My Hiding Place. If the CD had been vinyl? That selection would have been worn smooth from use. You can listen to the song here. There’s a line in the song, Whenever I’m afraid I will trust in You; I changed that line to I will hope in You. It made me feel stronger. It made me put faith to the hope I had. Oh! Those were hard days. Days that turned to weeks. Weeks to months. Months to years. That was a time of fully trusting in an invisible God who was working behind the scenes for our family’s good and His glory. He truly was my Hiding Place.
The author of Psalm 119 is unknown – those who know these things, credit the authorship to one of these three: David, Ezra, or Daniel. Each one of these “greats” knew a thing or 99 about fear, persecution, captivity, and running away. David hid in the caves of Gehazi when Saul was out to kill him. Ezra was part of the Babylonian captivity returning to Jerusalem. Daniel? Thrown into the fiery furnace and in with the lions. Any one of these men could have written Psalm 119.114 with certainty of their hope in Jehovah God. Each one knew God as a Hiding Place, a strong Shield, and an eternal Hope.
Father God, in Jesus’ mighty Name, I ask You to be our Hiding Place and our Shield. YOU, O God, are our only Hope and Stay. You are the only One who makes sense of the most senseless things. This world is not our home – this world is not our hope. Our hope is eternal and our home is in Your presence. Help me, O God, be brave like David, wise like Ezra, and bold like Daniel. When all looks bleak and scary – let my sure HOPE be in You. Amen.