Day 17: My Hiding Place

"Thou art my hiding-place and my shield; I hope in Thy word."

Psalms 119:114, RSV 


Do you remember when you were a kid and had a place where you could go and get away from the cares of the world? Maybe it was your "secret clubhouse" - a place that only you and your friends knew about. Maybe it was your room, but the point is, wherever it was, you could go there and be safe.


I remember when I was little and Mom would go grocery shopping that I had a "hiding-place" - it was the car! Okay, I know that this would not be the first place you would think of for a seven or eight year old kid nowadays, but I grew up in a different era. Anyway, I could go into the store with Mom and buy a comic book and bag of red licorice with several weeks worth of saved allowance. Then I would go back to the car, stretch out on the floor boards with my head propped up on the hump (I told you that I grew up in a different era) and just luxuriate for a half-hour or so with my fine literature and finer cuisine.


I sometimes long for those days when I could just get away, especially when I listen to the news and hear of the ugly things that are going on in this sinful world. Surprisingly, I have found just such a place - It is in the Word of God and in prayer!


Now when times get hectic and I need a safe place to go, I can just head to the office, kick back in my chair, open up the pages of the Bible and escape for a few minutes from this wicked old world in which we live. Or, I can take a few moments to kneel before God and go into His presence and ask for His help.  Now I know that there is still wickedness - some of which will necessitate my leaving the places of safety and taking care of if I am to be an effective servant of God - but it is so nice to realize that God is still in control, and that I can have a hiding-place in Him any time I want.


He has become my refuge and my hiding-place and that knowledge has made all of the difference in my life.


Do you ever long for a hiding-place in which you can take shelter? You can have it at any time you like. For your true refuge is in God and Christ... if you will only have the wisdom to seek that refuge.


"In you. O LORD, I have taken refuge; let me never be put to shame.

Rescue me and deliver me in your righteousness; turn Your ear to me and save me.

Be my rock of refuge to which I can always go..." 

Psalms 71:1-3, NIV


Today is day 17 of the 30 day challenge to read through the Old Testament books of wisdom, with Psalms 71-80 being the reading for today. May God richly bless you as you seek your refuge in He and His Son!