As children we have played “hide and seek” and known the nervous stillness of hiding in silence, almost afraid to breathe lest we be found. If we have lived through the terror of war and search parties of enemies or bandits, we have known the breathless silence of hoping our hiding place would not be discovered. The hiding place has to be very hidden indeed, from sight and sound! But God, who sees all we do, knows all we think, hears all we say, and from whom we cannot hide, has prepared a hiding place that is so safe we need not keep quiet when there—we can sing and shout! We are safe from the enemy even when we are singing loudly, “Here I am.”
Psalm 32:6 and 7 speaks to us, and for us, even as it expresses the truth David understood in his time of need. “For this shall every one that is godly pray unto thee in a time when thou mayest be found: surely in the floods of great waters they shall not come nigh unto him. Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance.” The one from whom we cannot hide has made it possible for us to hide in him. He himself is our hiding place. How fantastic: impossible to hide from him, unless we hide in him.
In Psalm 17, prayer is on David’s lips as he cries, “O LORD, attend unto my cry, give ear unto my prayer,” and he pleads in verse thirteen that Satan will be disappointed. As we read and also pray with this eighth verse, “Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of thy wings,” indeed Satan will be disappointed at the results. Satan will be furious when we who cannot hide from God take our place under His wings, a secure, prepared hiding place.
“Rock of ages, cleft for me, let me hide myself in thee,”: we sing. ...1
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