A Shadow For Hiding
“Thou art my hiding place and my shield:
I hope in thy word.”
Psalm 119:114, KJV
If the need arose, where would you hide to feel safe?
In World War II, many friends of the Jewish people were creative in hiding their friends from the enemy. If I remember correctly, in Corrie Ten Boom’s book, The Hiding Place, her family built a small room between the walls of two rooms where they would hide the Jews in the cramped quarters when the S.S came searching. Eventually, the hiding place was discovered. The Jews, Corrie and her family suffered the consequences—Corrie being the only one remaining at the war’s end.
Now, David, the shepherd, warrior king of the scripture, knew how to hide—most of the time. He hid himself and his small army of men in caves to evade discovery and death by Saul’s hand. He moved from place to place. But when he chose to hide among Israel’s enemy, David got in a bind. He could have been found fighting against his own people. But with God as his ultimate hiding place, David was delivered from that choice as he was the many times the Lord delivered him from the hand of Saul.
Like the Jewish people in World War II, like David fleeing Saul, we all need a hiding place from the hard circumstances of life and from our enemy. We need a place of strength, hope, and peace.
- Some seek government as a hiding place—how is that working out for you?
- Some seek a hiding place among friends—a better choice—but not foolproof.
- Many seek to find a hiding place in fulfilling their own pleasures—good or bad—These are fleeting.
Only one offers a hiding place none can rob from us. Where is God’s hiding place?
“He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High
shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the LORD,
He is my refuge and my fortress:
my God; in him will I trust.”
Psalm 91:1-2, KJV
The secret place is found in the shadow of the most High. When we live in his shadow, we know he is near no matter how close the enemy, no matter how hard our circumstances. The Lord covers our soul with his shadow—nothing can come against us to destroy us. Nothing or no one can separate us from him.
“What shall we then say to these things?
If God be for us, who can be against us?
He that spared not, his own Son,
but delivered him up for us all,
how shall he not with him also freely give us all things …
For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life,
nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers,
nor things present, nor things to come,
Nor height, nor depth,
nor any other creature,
shall be able to separate us from the love of God,
which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Romans 8: 31-31; 38-39, KJV
When the enemy comes against us, the Lord’s shadow walks with us and provides all we need for deliverance.
“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood,
but against principalities, against powers,
against the rulers of the darkness of this world,
against spiritual wickedness in high places.
Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God,
that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day,
and having done all, to stand.”
Ephesians 6:12-13, KJV
The Lord’s shadow covers our heart with truth, righteousness, peace, the shield of faith, salvation, and his word. Not only do we have a shield of faith, but God is our shield. We can trust him for he is faithful. He delivers. Because he is our hiding place and shield, we hope in his word—not governments, not friends, as faithful as they may be, not in fleeting pleasures.
No, when I need a place to hide and be comforted, encouraged, or simply rest, I will run to my hiding place.
When the enemy comes against me and the battle calls for fighting, I’ll run to my shield, clothed in his armor.
I will trust in my God and hope in his word.
When you need a hiding place or a shield where will you run?