As a child, where was your hiding place? Perhaps it was a treehouse, a fort, a makeshift tent, a secret den, or a playhouse—somewhere safe to hide out where your world felt secure. An escape of sorts. My hiding place was in books—no great shock there. I could curl up and lose myself for hours within its pages feeling safe and secure. But what about today, as an adult—where is your hiding place?
“You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.” Psalm 32:7
Do we even need a “hiding place”? I think after the past year of heightened fears and worries and stresses around the globe, most of us would be drawn to a place of safety, security, and protection.
And as adults, maybe we have found a hiding place without even knowing it. Where do we go when we need to escape? To feel safe and comforted? To be appreciated, warts and all? It’s been extra hard to go anywhere of late, but perhaps we retreat to the gym, Netflix, the mall, the beach, the coffee shop, the church, online shopping, the bar—there is a myriad of places we can turn to in an attempt to alleviate the fears and worries and stresses of today.
But there’s only One who can promise us a true refuge where we feel completely seen and loved and protected.
“The one who lives under the protection of the Most High dwells in the shadow of the Almighty.” Psalm 91:1
What a sweet relief to know God is more powerful than anything this life can throw at us. We need not hide FROM Him, but we get to draw near and hide IN Him. For when we draw near to Him, He promises to draw near to us. And where better to run for His comfort, encouragement, and assurance than to His Word, where we learn more precious truths about Him?
“You’re my place of quiet retreat, and your wraparound presence becomes my shield as I wrap myself in your Word!” Psalm 119:114
Oh, to wrap myself in His Word! Friend, I pray you will find your hiding place in Him today and enjoy the peace and rest that He alone can give. I’ll leave you with these beautiful words from John Newton’s famous hymn, “How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds”:
“Dear name! The rock on which I build,
My shield and hiding place,
My never-failing treasury filled
With boundless stores of grace.”
Grace upon grace,
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