Great Place To Hide...
You are a hiding place for me; you preserve me from trouble; you surround me with shouts of deliverance. Psalm 32:7
For he will hide me in his shelter in the day of trouble; he will conceal me under the cover of his tent; he will lift me high upon a rock. Psalm 27:5
David, on the run for his life, often found hiding places from King Saul; imagine that your father-in-law, king of the land, hates you, wants you dead, and sends soldiers to take care of business. Thus the need for places to hide.
While the hiding places were geographic, David also found refuge in God Himself.
He wrote "Oh, how abundant is your goodness, which you have stored up for those who fear you and worked for those who take refuge in you, in the sight of the children of mankind! In the cover of your presence you hide them from the plots of men; you store them in your shelter from the strife of tongues." Psalm 31:19-20 and "You are my hiding place and my shield; I hope in your word." Psalm 119:114
We certainly need places of refuge today, times and spaces in which we can hide, have courage renewed, hope and faith restored. Life has always been difficult; these past 12 months life's difficulties have increased substantially! How to go about "hiding in God?"
Turn off and cut off -- in reality, some sources of info, media, news and comments are poisonous to our souls. Limit the amount of bad news, critical and judgmental speech you ingest on a daily basis. Entertainment should, duh, entertain, not discourage, depress, bring me down. I edit my intake accordingly.
Locate and Protect -- find a place that becomes "my hiding place." A room, closet, or table where I can be alone with Jesus. Walk, plug in worship music, find a holy retreat center in your home/office and protect it. Guard that place and time!
Practice breathing -- the ancient practice of feet-flat-on-the-floor, breathing slowly and deeply for 90 seconds, praying "Holy Spirit, come" as you do so, allows God's voice to penetrate the busyness of our overactive hearts/schedules. Kasey and I have recently rediscovered how often and clearly God speaks when we do this in preparation to engage with Him.
Read the Word with intent to hear -- When in doubt, read Psalms and Proverbs. I have found, however, that when I am in my hiding place, quiet and waiting, rarely do I not hear His still small voice as I read Scripture. In hiding he reassures me, encourages me, reminds me that He is still God, large and in charge. (Ps 33:10-11)
Sheepishly listening to my Shepherd, Perry Floyd