HIDING PLACE - The Bible frequently uses images (metaphors,
figures of speech) such as “HIDING
PLACE” (Ps 32:7-note, Ps
by Spurgeon) to communicate truths about God, because images
are generally easier to remember than abstract precepts and are easier
to pass on to others. Images also appeal to our emotions as well as
our mind. Words may inform us, but word pictures more often move and
stir our passions (e.g., compare the image “Lamb of God” versus the
abstract truth of Jesus as our atoning sacrifice). The image of Christ
as our HIDING PLACE is one of the more comforting metaphors in
Scripture, and as we meditate on this image our Teacher, the Holy
Spirit (1Cor 2:11-13-note),
illuminates a number of glorious truths which enable us to “grow in
the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” (2Pe
And so as our HIDING PLACE, He provides shelter by hiding us “in
the secret place (Heb
= Hiding Place) of
His presence,” which provides protection and security in
times of danger or distress (Ps 31:20-note).
As we humbly seek to hide in Christ (cp Zeph
2:3), we experience intimacy, fellowship and communion with Him,
which in turn serves to encourage and revive our heart (Ps 69:32-note)
When we were children, we played hide and seek, but now that we are
grown we should put away childish things (1Cor
13:11), and daily seek to hide in the shadow of His wings. (Ps
Indeed, a SHADOW is the safest place in the world to hide if it is the
“shadow of Shaddai,” for “He who dwells in the shelter (Hebrew = “HIDING
PLACE“) of the Most High (El
will abide in the SHADOW of the Almighty (Shaddai).”
“There is a place of quiet rest…There is a place of comfort sweet,
Near to the heart of God. A place where we our Savior meet, Near to
the heart of God.” (After receiving the tragic news that his two
beloved nieces had just died from diphtheria, Cleland
McAfee ran to his HIDING PLACE and though still in great
grief was enabled to pen his hymn “Near
to the Heart of God,” the words of which have brought comfort to
many grieving saints over the years.)
I have chosen
to capitalize HIDING PLACE, because Scriptures such as Ps
32:7-note and Ps
the Place with the Person (and presence) of Jehovah.
Even as David and other OT saints found their safe HIDING PLACE in
God, so too do New Testament believers dwell eternally secure IN
Christ Jesus, in Him, in the Lord, etc), a phrase used over 80 times
to describe our “unblameable and unreproveable”
position as new creatures in Christ (Col 1:22KJV-note, 2Cor
Indeed, Paul affirms that we “have died (we have been crucified with
Christ - Gal 2:20-note, Col
and our life is HIDDEN (perfect tense = forever, permanently
hidden!) WITH CHRIST IN GOD.” (Col 3:3-note)
In the day of His judgment, every man will either hide FROM Him (Rev
or be found hiding IN Him (Ro 8:1-note).
Indeed, the only way to hide FROM His Presence then is to be IN His
Presence now (Jude 24-25)!
None Other Lamb
None other Lamb, none other Name,
None other Hope in
heaven or earth or sea,
None other HIDING PLACE from guilt and
None beside Thee.”
believer positionally is in Christ and thus in their HIDING PLACE, our
goal should be to daily learn to live more experientially in our
HIDING PLACE, so that our position becomes our practice, our
orthodoxy, our orthopraxy (Greek “orthopraxis” = correct action)!
David learned how to live in his HIDING PLACE by walking through
various trials. Pain has a way of promoting pursuit of the Person of
Christ! And so we too must endure various trials so “that the proof of
our faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even
though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and
honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” (1Pe 1:6-7-note)
And so as we go through our own set of trials, we learn to RUN by
faith not sight (2Cor 5:7-note, Heb
into the great NAME of the LORD, our HIDING PLACE. Solomon reminds us
that this Name
of the LORD is a Strong Tower and
when the righteous RUN into it, they are safe (Hebrew literally =
lifted up) (Pr 18:10-note).
Indeed, our trial may continue unabated, and yet we are “lifted up”
and enabled by the Spirit to supernaturally experience the security
and safety of our ever available, all powerful, all sufficient HIDING
PLACE, Christ Jesus. So remember that true security and safety is not
the absence of danger, but the presence of Christ in us and us in Him,
regardless of the danger (cf Paul’s experience - 2Ti 4:16-18-note).
May God’s Spirit grant that in and through the inevitable times of
testing, we may learn the secret “of being filled and going hungry,
both of having abundance and suffering need,” so that we may
confidently testify with Paul “I can do all things through Christ, Who
continually strengthens me” and preserves me safe “in the SECRET PLACE
(Heb = HIDING PLACE) of His presence” “in the day of trouble.” (Php
In Psalm 32
when David confessed his sin, he exchanged hiding his sins for a
HIDING PLACE in the Sin Coverer (Ps 32:1-note, Ps
Who always provides a place of protection for the penitent. David
declared “You are my HIDING PLACE (Hebrew = cether
= secret place; Lxx = refuge, way of escape). You preserve (guard,
watch like a watchman over) me from trouble (affliction, distress,
crushing external circumstances); You surround (encircle, encompass)
me with songs of deliverance (of rescue and redemption). Selah (A
call for us to pause and ponder David’s gracious words!)” Note that
David did not say “A” Hiding place, but “MY” Hiding place. Spurgeon
observes that “Personal claims upon our God are the joy of spiritual
life. To lay our hand upon the Lord with the clasp of a personal ‘MY’
is delight at its full.” As discussed above, while God does not always
spare us FROM trouble, we are succored (relieved) IN the midst of the
trouble when we run INTO our HIDING PLACE. Note also that David says
that Jehovah Himself is his HIDING PLACE and that unconfessed sin
affords entrance into His “secret place.” Indeed, Spurgeon adds “that
the same man who in Ps 32:4 was oppressed by the presence of God, here finds a shelter in
Him. See what honest confession and full forgiveness will do! His
Gospel of substitution makes Jehovah to be the God of our Refuge (Ps
Who otherwise would have been our Judge (2Ti 4:1-note, Jn
of Ages, cleft for me,
Let me HIDE myself in Thee.”
And so we are
much more likely to experience Jesus as our HIDING
PLACE when we are
in need than when we think we have no need! God often has to put us on
our backs in order to make us look up. Spurgeon says that “God will
not let us, who are His songbirds, build our nests here. He will send
a rough wind through the forest which will make the limb on which we
try to build, rock to and fro in the storm till we are obliged to take
to our wings again, for there is no resting place for us upon any of
the trees in this world!” This truth helps us understand how we can
“consider it all joy when we encounter various trials” (Jas 1:2-note),
knowing that the trials drive us to take shelter in our HIDING PLACE,
Christ Jesus Who has promised “I will never desert you, nor will I
ever forsake you” so that we may confidently say “The Lord is our
Helper, we will not be afraid. What shall man do to us?” (Heb 13:5-6-note,
cp Ro 8:35-39-note)
He is our
Hiding Place in this life and the life to come! (Col 3:3-4-note)
He is our Hiding Place when we sin and confess (1Jn 1:7, 9-note, 1Jn
2:1, Pr 28:13-note)
He is our Hiding Place when temptations threaten to overwhelm us. (Heb
He is our Hiding Place in the day of mourning, loss and sorrow. (Isa
53:4, 35:10, 51:11)
He is our Hiding Place “in the day of the LORD’s anger.” (Zeph
2:3, 1Th 1:10-note)
O Lord, “From
the snare of sinful pleasure, HIDE Thou me!
Thou, my soul’s eternal
Treasure, HIDE Thou me!
When the world its power is wielding,
heart is almost yielding, HIDE me,
O Thou Rock of Ages, safe in Thee!”
(Fanny Crosby – Vocal
Him. Hide in Him. Take shelter in the Everlasting Arms of the
Great I Am, Jehovah Jesus, the eternal God, our never changing Hiding
Place (Mal 3:6-note).
As Spurgeon says “A man who is beset by foes does not stand still, and
say, “Yes, I can see there is a hiding place there,” but he runs to
it. Beloved, run to your Hiding Place this morning, each one of you
who can have a claim and interest in Christ; run to Him now and say:
“Thou shalt preserve me from trouble.” David had come up out of
groaning times and into singing times. While his sin was unconfessed
all the day long he groaned, but now that sins are confessed all the
day long he sings! Now David hears songs everywhere, living in a
circle of music.” As someone has said if you’re in tune with heaven,
you’ll have a song in your heart. May the words of Frances Havergal’s
a River Glorious) be our blessed experience the next time “the fiery trials” (and
darts Eph 6:16KJV-note)
come upon us unexpectedly for our testing (1Pe 4:12-note)...
Like a River Glorious
HIDDEN in the hollow of His blessed hand,
Never foe can follow, never traitor stand;
Not a surge of worry, not a shade of care,
Not a blast of hurry, touch the spirit there.
Stayed upon Jehovah, hearts are fully blest,
Finding as He promised perfect peace and rest.
blessing that, instead of having to run from God, now we can run to
God, our HIDING
PLACE, and know that we are safe! The story is told of a
wagon train crossing the prairie, which came over a hill and was
terrified to see a prairie fire racing their direction. It seemed as
if they would surely be engulfed by the flames. But the leader quickly
rode to the rear of the caravan and set fire to the dry grass behind
them. The same winds blowing the fierce fire toward them now fanned
this fire away from them. Within minutes they moved to the burned-off
area. As the heat and smoke became more intense, a little girl cried
out, “Are you sure we’re safe?” “Oh, yes,” said the wagon master,
“we’re safe because we’re standing where the fire has already been!”
Christ has taken the fire of God’s judgment, and we too are forever
safe if we “take refuge in Him” (Ps 37:40-note).
Remember they are always WELL KEPT whom God KEEPS. “Should storms
of sevenfold thunder roll, And shake the globe from pole to pole; No
flaming bolt could daunt my face, For Jesus is my HIDING PLACE.”
experienced God as his Hiding Place and could testify that ‘in the
day of trouble He will conceal (hide by covering) me in His
tabernacle. In the secret place (HIDING PLACE) of His tent He will
hide me. He will lift me up on a rock.“ (Ps 27:5-note)
Chuck Swindoll tells the story of the Malinta
Tunnel located on Corregidor
Island in Manila Bay. This tunnel served as weapons arsenal
before WWII, but when the Japanese invaded the Philippines in 1941,
Malinta Tunnel became an army hospital and headquarters of General
MacArthur. Later as Japanese warplanes bombed Corregidor, the tunnel
provided protection for the Allied soldiers. Malinta Tunnel remains a
mute witness of the protection it offered soldiers through deadly
bombardment. While we may never experience literal bombing by
warplanes, as God’s people we often experience hostilities of an evil
and unbelieving world. David reminds us that “in the day of trouble,”
in the face of spiritual attack, believers have a sure HIDING PLACE in
Christ, Who has overcome the world (Jn 16:33). The only requirement for those seeking entrance into God’s
HIDING PLACE is an attitude of repentance and faith. God is a HIDING
PLACE where His people can find safety and refuge in times of danger.
He is the One we can go to when no one else knows or understands what
we are going through. As our HIDING PLACE He can provide protection
when people’s assurances fail.”
psalmist testifies from personal experience “You (Jehovah)
are my HIDING PLACE and my Shield. I have put my HOPE in (and
confidently rest on) Your WORD.” (Ps 119:114) We see again the psalmist’s possession (“MY”) of God as
His personal Protector. Notice also the association of the WORD of God
with the presence of God as his HIDING PLACE. As we feast on His
trustworthy WORD and eat His sure promises, His WORD permeates our
inner being, transforming us by renewing our mind (Ro 12:2-note),
and reviving our HOPE (not
a “hope so,” but a “hope sure!”) and our confidence in our HIDING
PLACE when all seems hopeless from a natural, human perspective.
Spurgeon affirms that “It is easy to exercise HOPE where we have
experienced HELP. Sometimes when gloomy thoughts afflict us, the only
thing we can do is to hope, and happily the WORD of God always sets
before us objects of hope and reasons for hope, so that it becomes the
very sphere and support of HOPE, and thus tiresome thoughts are
overcome. Amid our fretting and worry a hope of heaven is an
effectual balm,” a HIDING PLACE to soothe our weary, storm tossed
soul. Matthew Henry agrees that “Those who depend on God’s promises
(“hope in His Word) shall have the benefit of His power and be taken
under His special protection (His HIDING PLACE).”
Christ haste thou away,
Make Him thy HOPE, thy Rock, thy Stay,
Plead but His mercies and His grace,
Make Him thy Strength, thy HIDING PLACE.
May God by
His Spirit grant us His grace, so that when we encounter various
trials, we may be supernaturally enabled to flee “for refuge in laying
hold of the hope set before us, a hope we have as an anchor of the
soul, a hope both sure and steadfast and one which enters within the
veil, where Jesus has entered as a forerunner on our behalf.” (Heb
Jesus Lover of My Soul,
Let me to Thy bosom fly,
While the nearer waters roll,
While the tempest still is high. HIDE ME, O my Savior HIDE,
Till the Storm of Life is Past, Safe into the haven (harbor) guide,
O receive my soul at last.
-- Charles Wesley
other choruses that relate to Christ Our Hiding Place
Hide Me in Your Holiness
Your Are My Hiding Place
THE PROMISE - Christ Jesus is our Hiding Place,
into whom we can always run in the day of trouble. This is a promise
we can "stand on." Many of us have read the story of the Dutch
Holocaust survivor, Corrie Ten Boom. She and her family had a secret
HIDING PLACE in their home that helped Jewish refuges find safety
during the terrible days of the Nazis. The family members would
quietly ask each other, “What do you have in your shoe Mama?” “What do
you have in your shoe, Daddy? “What do you have in your shoe, Betsy?”
The answer—precious portions of Scripture that they had torn from
their Bible, specifically Romans 8, Ephesians 1, and 2 Corinthians 4.
They would copy these passages and put them in their shoes, so that
they were literally standing on the promises of God.
Should all the hosts of death,
And powers of hell unknown,
Put their most dreadful forms
Of rage and malice on,
I shall be safe, for Christ displays
Superior power and guardian grace.
HIDING PLACE IN TIME OR ETERNITY - Men try to hide
in a "refuge of lies" (Isa. 28:15, 17) rather than hide in God. They try
to hide their sins but God asks "Can any hide himself in secret places
that I shall not see him?" (Jer. 23:24). And in the day of His wrath
men shall hide themselves caves and rocks in a futile attempt to escape
His righteous wrath (Rev. 6:15-17). The only Hiding Place is Christ
Jesus, Who will either be our Substitutionary Lamb or our Righteous
Judge. "If His first coming does not give you eternal life, His second
coming will not. If you do not hide in His wounds when He comes as
your Saviour, there will be no HIDING PLACE for you when He comes as
your Judge." (Spurgeon)
Protector I have, Unseen, yet for ever at hand,
Unchangeably faithful to save, Almighty to rule and command.
He smiles, and my comforts abound; His grace as the dew shall descend;
And walls of salvation surround The soul he delights to defend.
Augustus M. Toplady
ARE YOU A "HIDDEN ONE"? - Those who hide in the Hiding Place
are what the psalmist Asaph refers to as God's "hidden ones" (NAS -
"treasured ones.") (Ps 83:3KJV)
HOW DO WE
ENTER THE SECRET PLACE OF CHRIST? - While we cannot
find a hiding place were we can sin in secret, when we confess our
sin, we find our Hiding Place in Christ.
Experientially, God Himself will be a shelter for the believer, not
only on that day of the Lord's wrath (Zeph 2:3), but from the storms
of everyday living.
Zeph 2:3 Seek the LORD, All you
humble of the earth Who have carried out His ordinances; Seek
righteousness, seek humility. Perhaps you will be hidden In the
day of the LORD’s anger.
A prayer to pray - Ps 17:8
Keep me as the apple of the eye; Hide me in the shadow of Thy
In the shadow of His wings
There is rest, sweet rest;
There is rest from care and labor,
There is rest for friend and neighbor;
In the shadow of His wings
There is rest, sweet rest,
In the shadow of His wings
There is rest (sweet rest).
Ps 31:20 Thou dost hide
(satar) them in the secret (hiding) place (seter) of Thy
presence from the conspiracies of man; Thou dost keep them secretly in
a shelter from the strife of tongues.
Psalm 61:4 Let
me dwell in Your tent forever; Let me take refuge (flee for
protection) in the shelter (KJV = "covert" which denotes a "Hiding
Place; Lxx = skepazo in passive voice = be spread out over, providing
security, protection, shelter) of Your wings. Selah ("There.
What do you think of that?").
NLT - Let me live forever in your
sanctuary, safe beneath the shelter of your wings! Interlude
Under His wings I am safely
Though the night deepens and tempests are wild,
Still I can trust Him; I know He will keep me,
He has redeemed me, and I am His child.
Wiersbe "The shelter of your wings" is not referring to a mother hen
gathering her chicks before a storm breaks; it is talking about
getting under the wings of the cherubim in the Holy of Holies. Through
Jesus you can enter into the presence of God and dwell under His
Many “seek refuge” under the wings of Yahweh in the
sanctuary (cf Ru 2:12; Ps 36: 7; 57:1; 61:4; 91:4).
Ps 64:2 Hide me from the
secret counsel of evildoers, From the tumult of those who do iniquity
Hail sovereign love, which first
The scheme to rescue fallen man!
Hail, matchless, free, eternal grace,
Which gave my soul a Hiding Place!
Should storms of seven-fold thunder
And shake the globe from pole to pole,
No flaming bolt could daunt my face,
For Jesus is my Hiding-place.
“He found him in a desert land,
And in the howling waste of a wilderness;
He encircled him, He cared for him,
He guarded him as the pupil of His eye.
Precious hiding place,
Precious hiding place,
In the shelter of His love;
Not a doubt or fear,
Since my Lord is near,
And I’m sheltered in His love.
Precious Hiding Place
Our Hiding Place
Excerpt from Sermon by C H
And a Man
shall be as an hiding place from the wind,
and a covert from the tempest;
as rivers of water in a dry place,
as the shadow of a great rock in a weary land.
God will not let us, who are His
songbirds, build our nests here. He will send a rough wind through the
forest which will make the limb on which we try to build rock to and
fro in the storm till we are obliged to take to our wings again, for
there is no resting place for us upon any of the trees in this world!
Many of you only too well know that there are rough winds of outward
trial and trouble. I do not doubt that many a stormy blast has swept
across your heart, in your families, or in yourselves, or in your
estates. Some way or other, you have realized your need of “a hiding
place from the wind, and a cover from the tempest.”...
We are subject to great mental
storms. No man can be a true thinker without finding his mind
occasionally storm-tossed. A rushing mighty wind of doubt seems to
come sweeping down from the mountains of speculation, driving
everything before it. Anchors begin to drag, and firmly moored beliefs
are driven headlong towards the rocks of destruction. We have known
what it is, sometimes, to have such a terrible cyclone of doubt and
questioning raging around us that we have hardly felt our own
existence to be a fact, and have had grave questions concerning our
own inner consciousness. When we have these stormy winds and tempests
howling within the little world of our souls, we appreciate the
promise of the text: “A man shall be as a hiding-place from the
wind, and a covert from the tempest.”
At other times, the stormy winds
take another shape, namely, that of outward trial and trouble.
“Man is born unto trouble, as the sparks fly upward.” Doubtless, there
is a skeleton in every house, some cause of sorrow in every family. A
man may have a flourishing business, but there may come serious
losses; or he may have the flush of health upon his cheek, and may
suddenly begin to lose his vigor. The little ones around him who are
his joy, may sicken, and he may have to follow his loved ones to the
grave. The wife of his youth may be taken away from him, or the friend
of his middle age may suddenly be smitten down. The world is full of
what we sometimes call accidents, though we know that they are
providences, providences of a sad and mournful character to us. God
will not let us, who are his song-birds, build our nests here. He will
send a rough wind through the forest, which will make the bough, on
which we try to build, rock to and fro in the storm till we are
obliged to take to our wings again, for there is no resting-place for
us upon any of the trees in this world. Many of you only too well know
that there are rough winds of outward trial and trouble I do not doubt
that many a stormy blast has swept across your heart, in your
families, or in your persons, or in your estates; some way or other,
you have realized your need of “a hiding-place from the wind, and a
covert from the tempest.”
“A man” — yet one who is more than
a man, — a man of whom it is written, “In the beginning was the Word,
and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” It is the Man Christ
Jesus who is, nevertheless, to be adored as “over all God, blessed for
ever,” reigning, as he now does, in the highest heavens, crowned with
glory and honor. I invite all of you, who are afraid of the storms of
doubt, or trial, or temptation, or of the wrath of God, to put your
trust in the Lord Jesus Christ, because, being God, he is omnipotent;
and, therefore, nothing can be too hard for him. Once enclosed within
his hand, where is the power that can reach you there, or pluck you
thence? If your shield shall be the Almighty One himself, then are you
secure from all hurt or harm....
Yet, as the text says, “man shall
be as a hiding-place from the wind, and a covert from the tempest, “I
remark that Christ is truly a man. Oh, how often, in the thought of
Christ’s real humanity, has my soul found a hiding-place from all
manner of storms!...The very fact that God has become incarnate, makes
him to be a hiding-place from the wind, and a covert from the
This is the Man who is the
hiding-place from the storm, and the covert from the tempest, the
substitutionary Man, the surety Man, who stood in the room, and place,
and stead of guilty man, the just Man bearing, instead of unjust man,
the deserved wrath of God. If you, my dear friends, will only put your
trust in him, you will find him to be indeed a blessed covert from the
storm that is now threatening you. How can God’s wrath touch you if
Christ has borne it all in your stead? A hiding-place shelters
a man because it bears the full force of the storm, while he is
protected from it's fury. Because Christ died for us, therefore we,
who take shelter in him, shall not die. Our debt is paid, justice is
satisfied, mercy triumphs, and we go free. This is the Man, the
substitutionary Man, who is “as a hiding-place from the wind, and a
covert from the tempest,” to all who put their trust in him.
If you hide behind this rampart of
stupendous rock, this mighty mound of divine consolation, it matters
not what winds may rage, or what storms may roar, you may rest in
security and serenity behind the great representative Man who is “as a
hiding-place from the wind, and a covert from the tempest.”
We also have to bless the name of
our Lord Jesus that he is the ever-living Man, who is, at all times, a
shelter from the wind to those who trust in him. Our earthly friends
may die, but we shall never lose our best Friend. All merely human
comforters will fail us sooner or later, but he will ever abide true
and steadfast to all who rely upon him. “He lives, the great Redeemer
lives,” so his cause is always safe, and our safety is always secured
in him. Hide thyself, therefore, in the ever-living Man; for, there,
thou needest not fear any change that the rolling ages may bring....
To sum up all, beloved, I do not
know what your storms, inwardly or outwardly, may be, or what may be
your special dread or terror; but if you hide away in the Man Christ
Jesus, you will find that he will afford you shelter from every
trouble that can possibly befall you....
Lastly, this is an available
hiding-place. I think I read, some time ago, of a ship, caught in
a storm, which might not have been lost but that the port it was
trying to reach could only be entered at high tide. As the tide was
low, the poor vessel had to stay outside, to be dashed to pieces
within sight of the harbour. My Lord’s love is never like that harbour;
it is always at flood-tide. Now, poor weather-beaten vessel, almost
ready to go down, steer straight for the harbour mouth between the two
red lights. There is water enough for you, though you may be so deeply
laden a sinner that you seem to draw a thousand fathoms. The infinite
love of Jesus Christ is bottomless, so there is room enough in it for
you, and millions more. Steer for it at once by simply saying, “I will
believe in Jesus; I will take him to be my Substitute and
Representative; the appointed Man who died instead of me.”....
Ay, beloved, whenever any of the
troubles of life come upon you, get near to Jesus, and shelter behind
if you have hidden behind him on
account of sin, go and hide in him on account of sorrow; for this Man
shall always be a hiding-place from every stormy wind that blows if
you do but know how to go and trust in him. Come to my Lord Jesus
Christ, my dear fellow-men, because he is a effectual hiding-place.
Many of us have tried him, and proved that he is all that I have
That is the way into this
hiding-place, — trust in the Lord Jesus Christ. Depend upon Christ for
the pardon of your sin, and for everything you need for time and for
eternity, and you shall find him shield you from every storm
henceforth and for ever. The Lord bless you all, for Jesus Christ’s
sake! Amen. (Spurgeon's
Sermon - Our
Jesus Lover of my Soul
Jesus, Lover of my soul
Let me to Thy bosom fly,
While the nearer waters roll
While the tempest still is high
Hide me, O my Savior Hide,
Till the Storm of Life is Past,
Safe into the haven guide,
O receive my soul at last.
Other Refuge have I none,
Hangs my helpless soul on Thee.
Leave, ah, leave me not alone,
Still support and comfort me.
All my trust on thee is stayed,
All my help from Thee I bring.
Cover my defenseless head,
With the shadow of Thy wing.
Thou O Christ art all I want.
More than all in Thee I find:
Raise the fallen, cheer the faint.
Heal the sick and lead the blind.
Just and holy is Thy Name
I am all unrighteousness
False and full of sin I am,
Thou art full of truth and grace.
Plenteous grace with Thee is found.
Grace to cover all my sin;
Let the healing streams abound;
Make and keep me pure within.
Thou of life the Fountain art
Freely let me take of Thee;
Spring Thou up within my heart,
Rise to all eternity.
HIDE IN CHRIST BY GRACE THROUGH
FAITH WHILE TODAY IS STILL CALLED TODAY! - If His first coming did not give
you eternal life, His Second Coming will not. If you did not hide in
His wounds when He came as your Savior, there will be no hiding place
for you when He comes as your Judge. Spurgeon, The Second
The Lord’s our Rock, in Him we
A shelter in the time of storm;
Secure whatever ill betide,
A shelter in the time of storm.
O JESUS, Saviour of the lost,
My rock and hiding-place,
By storms of sin and sorrow toss’d,
I seek Thy sheltering grace.
Should storms of seven-fold thunder
And shake the globe from pole to pole,
No flaming bolt could daunt my face,
For Jesus is my Hiding-place.
On him almighty vengeance fell,
That must have sunk a world to hell
He bore it for a chosen race,
And thus became their Hiding-place.
A few more rolling suns, at most,
Will land me on fair Canaan’s coast,
Where I shall sing the song of grace,
And see my glorious Hiding-place.
Be Thou my shield and hiding-place!
That, shelter’d near Thy side,
I may my fierce accuser face,
And tell him Thou hast died.
O Jesus, Saviour of the lost,
Our ark and hiding place,
By storms of sin and sorrow toss’d,
We seek thy sheltering grace.
Forgive our wandering and our sin,
We wish no more to roam;
Open the ark and take us in,
Our soul’s eternal home.
IN THE LORD - What does it mean to be “in the
Lord”? Well, beloved, we are in the Lord vitally and certainly when we
come to the Lord Jesus by repentance and faith and make Him our refuge
and hiding place. Is it so with you? Have you fled from self? Are you
trusting in the Lord alone? Have you come to Calvary and beheld your
Savior? As the doves build their nests in the rock, have you likewise
made your home in Jesus? There is no shelter for a guilty soul but in
His wounded side. Have you come there? Are you in Him? Then stay
there. You will never have a better refuge. In fact, there is no
THERE IS A SAFE PLACE FROM THE
STORM - When the storm comes, we find
Christ to be “a hiding place from the wind, and a cover from the
tempest” (Is. 32:2). When the heat is hot, we find Christ to be “the
shadow of a great rock in a weary land” (Is. 32:2). We put our anchor
deep in the sea and we sleep. Hurricanes may blow, the masts may
creak, the timbers may strain, and every nail may pull from its place,
but still we sleep because Christ is at the helm. We have an anchor of
the soul that is both sure and steadfast (Heb. 6:19). The earth
shakes, but we say, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present
help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, even though the earth be
removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the
sea” (Ps. 46:1–2). (Spurgeon)
Spurgeon - Surely, if God has given us the
pardon of our sin, he will give us everything else that we need. If he
has delivered us from hell, he will certainly deliver us from trouble.
Spurgeon, Charles H.
REST IN YOUR HIDING PLACE - Beneath the hollow of that hand
which was once so heavy upon me, I can now repose. Thou art my hiding
place, I dread thee no more; nay, I dwell in thee as my habitation,
and my high tower, my covert, my safety, my house. Safe in thy love,
whatever trouble may be my portion, and by the mouth of Nathan thy
servant thou hast declared that trouble shall be my portion, I shall
yet be preserved; yea, more, so fully wilt thou deliver me that I
believe thou wilt encompass me so with the arms of thy mercy, as to
call forth songs of grateful praise for thy gracious interposition.
A SONG OF DELIVERANCE IN CHRIST
- What a blessed experience that
is,—to be surrounded with songs,—to hear music on the right and music
on the left,—singing behind me for mercy received,—singing before me
for hopes yet to be fulfilled,—singing above me, the angels welcoming
me when my time comes to go home to my Father’s house! “Thou shalt
compass me about with songs of deliverance.” (Spurgeon)
Isa 25:4 For Thou hast been a
defense for the helpless, A defense for the needy in his distress, A
refuge from the storm, a shade from the heat; For the breath of the
ruthless Is like a rain storm against a wall.
Thou Art My Hiding Place, O Lord
Thou art my hiding place, O Lord,
In Thee I put my trust;
Encouraged by Thy holy Word,
A feeble child of dust;
I have no argument beside,
I urge no other plea;
And ’tis enough my Savior died,
My Savior died for me.
When storms of fierce temptation beat,
And furious foes assail,
My refuge is the mercy seat,
My hope within the veil.
From strife of tongues and bitter words
My spirit flies to Thee:
Joy to my heart the thought affords,
My Savior died for me.
’Mid trials heavy to the be borne,
When mortal strength is vain,
A heart with grief and anguish torn,
A body racked with pain,
Ah! what could the sufferer rest,
Bid every murmur flee,
But this, the witness in my breast
That Jesus died for me?
And when Thine awful voice commands
This body to decay,
And life, in its last lingering sands,
Is ebbing fast away,
Then, though it be in accents weak,
And faint and tremblingly,
O give me strength in death to speak,
My Savior died for me.
OF HEBREW WORD
for the verb cathar/satar = to hide) is a masculine noun
which has the root idea of "hide" with the subordinate thought of
protection involved when one is hidden (eg, Jonathan's instruction to
David so King Saul might not kill him - 1Sa 19:2). Cether means
secret, secret place, covering, hiding place, refuge.
In the NAS and
KJV cether is most often translated as "secret" (place,
secretly). Some versions (NIV) translate cether as refuge,
which conveys the picture of a place which provides shelter or
protection from danger, difficulty or distress.
It is notable
that sexual sin is frequently described as secret (cether) as in 2Sa
12:12 where David did committed his sin with Bathsheba "secretly", in
Pr 9:17 where "bread eaten in secret is pleasant" (metaphorical
description of adultery - see context Pr 9:14-16) and in Job 24:15
where the adulterer "disguises his face" so no one can identify him.
is used adverbially with the sense of “secretly” or “in secret” as in
Dt 13: 6; 2Sa. 12:12; Ps 139:15; Pr 9:17; Jer. 38:16. Isa. 45:19;
48:16 declare that God’s word is not spoken in secret.
implies concealment on any grounds for any motive (good and bad). And
so hiding in God (in His secret place) is good (Ps 31:20), but hiding
idols (setting them up in secret - Dt 27:15) or enticing others
secretly to worship idols is bad (Dt 13:6), while striking someone in
secret deserves a curse (Dt 27:24). God declares His Word was not
spoken in secret (Isaiah 45:19, 48:16). Ehud used the enticement
of a secret message to gain a private audience with Eglon king of
Moab, that he might assassinate him (Jdg 3:19). The Shulammite
(Solomon's wife) was likened to a dove in the secret places
of a cliff (Song 2:14).
refers to the “secret place” or “hiding place” of human beings (1Sa.
19: 2) and metaphorically to God (Ps 31:20; 61:4; 91:1). God Himself
is declared to be a “hiding place,” in Ps 32: 7; 119:114.
Definition - 1) covering, shelter, hiding place, secrecy 1a)
covering, cover 1b) hiding place, shelter, secret place 1c) secrecy
1c1) secrecy (of tongue being slanderous) n f 2) shelter, protection
Usage: KJV - secret 12, secretly 9, covert 5, secret place 3, hiding
place 2, backbiting 1, covering 1, disguiseth 1, privily 1, protection
34v in NAS - backbiting(1), covert(1), disguises*(1 - Job
24:15 "puts his face in secret"),
hidden part(1), hiding place(6), secret(9), secret place(5),
Deuteronomy 13:6 "If your
brother, your mother's son, or your son or daughter, or the wife you
cherish, or your friend who is as your own soul, entice you
secretly, saying, 'Let us go and serve other gods ' (whom neither
you nor your fathers have known,
Deuteronomy 27:15 'Cursed is the man who makes an idol or a molten
image, an abomination to the LORD, the work of the hands of the
craftsman, and sets it up in secret.' And all the people shall
answer and say, 'Amen.'...
Deuteronomy 27:24 'Cursed is he
who strikes his neighbor in secret.' And all the people shall
Deuteronomy 28:57 and toward her afterbirth which issues from between
her legs and toward her children whom she bears; for she will eat them
secretly for lack of anything else, during the siege and the distress
by which your enemy will oppress you in your towns.
Judges 3:19 But he himself turned back from the idols which were at Gilgal, and said, "I have a
secret message for you, O king." And he
said, "Keep silence." And all who attended him left him.
1 Samuel 19:2 So Jonathan told David saying, "Saul my father is
seeking to put you to death. Now therefore, please be on guard in the
morning, and stay in a secret place and hide yourself.
1 Samuel 25:20 It came about as she was riding on her donkey and
coming down by the hidden part of the mountain, that behold, David and
his men were coming down toward her; so she met them.
2 Samuel 12:12 'Indeed you did it secretly, but I will do this thing
before all Israel, and under the sun.'"
Comment: Note the striking
reaping - David's sin was sown in secret, but reaped in view of all! Beware of sin, for it
is deceptive and never discloses this tragic consequence. And so we
see the prophet Nathan declare to David that although his adultery was
done in secret, God would punish him publicly! Indeed, "be sure your
sin will find you out!" (Nu 32:23-note
[sermon by Spurgeon])
Job 13:10 "He will surely reprove you If you secretly show
Job 22:14 'Clouds are a hiding place for Him, so that He cannot
see; and He walks on the vault of heaven.'
Job 24:15 "The eye of the adulterer waits for the twilight, Saying,
'No eye will see me.' And he disguises his face
Comment: Disguises his
face is literally "puts his face in secret" or as the NLT nicely
paraphrases it, "masks his face so no one will know him." Notice how
the adulterer's conscience and the fear of exposure and embarrassment
should serve to impede sexual sins. Let's face it, we live in a
sexually perverted, promiscuous culture and it is extremely dangerous
for men seeking to likely sensibly, righteously and godly in the
present age (Titus 2:12-note).
We need to read and heed verses like this, putting to death this sin
by the Spirit if we have succumbed and fighting the good fight of
faith (keep your eyes fixed on Jesus, keep meditating on His Cross,
His Victory over sin and what it cost the Father) against even the
temptation to give in to this seductive sin!
Job 31:27 And my heart became secretly enticed, And my hand threw a
kiss from my mouth,
Job 40:21 "Under the lotus plants he lies down, In the covert of the
reeds and the marsh.
Psalm 18:11-note He made darkness His
hiding place, His canopy around Him,
Darkness of waters, thick clouds of the skies.
Psalm 27:5-note For in the day of trouble He will conceal (tsaphan - hide
by covering over) me in His tabernacle; In the secret place
(cether/seter; Lxx = apokruphos = hidden, concealed) of
His tent He will hide (verb form = satar) me; He will lift me up on a rock.
See comments below by James
Smith on Ps 32:7 that relate to Ps 27:5.
Spurgeon exposition: “In
that most holy place, where none can come and live but those whom God
brings there, in the sacred spot where the security must be absolute,
in the tabernacle of sacrifice besprinkled with the blood of
atonement, shall he hide me.” Oh, what a hiding-place is this for one
who is in trouble!
Comment: The day of
trouble is a certainty in the life of every believer. While it
won't last forever (2Cor 4:18), it will come to pass. If we have been
meditating in His Temple, we are prepared for the day of trouble
(evil). His tabernacle is God's dwelling place. He hides us
where He Himself is present!
"Though God does not always deliver
his people out of trouble, yet he delivers them from the evil of
trouble, the despair of trouble, by supporting the spirit; nay, he
delivers by trouble, for he sanctifies the trouble to cure the souls,
and by less troubles delivers them from greater." On a rock -
The LORD places the psalmist in an inaccessible place where his
enemies cannot reach him (cf Ps 18:2)
He shall give me the best of
in the worst of danger
Spurgeon: This verse gives
an excellent reason for the psalmist's desire after communion with
God, namely, that he was thus secured in the hour of peril. For in the
day of trouble, that needy time, that time when others forsake me, He
shall hide me in His pavilion: He shall give me the best of shelter in
the worst of danger. The royal pavilion was erected in the centre of
the army, and around it all the mighty men kept guard at all hours;
thus in that divine sovereignty which almighty power is sworn to
maintain, the believer peacefully is hidden, hidden not by himself
furtively, but by the king, who hospitably entertains him. In the
secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me. Sacrifice aids
sovereignty in screening the elect from harm. No one of old dared to
enter the most holy place on pain of death; and if the Lord has hidden
his people there, what foe shall venture to molest them? He shall set
me up upon a rock. Immutability, eternity, and infinite power
(depicted by the figure of a rock) here
come to the aid of sovereignty and sacrifice. How blessed is the
standing of the man whom God himself sets on high above his foes, upon
an impregnable rock which never can be stormed! Well may we desire to
dwell with the Lord who so effectually protects his people.
Matthew Poole: In the secret
of his tabernacle shall he hide me. He alludes to the ancient custom
of offenders, who used to flee to the tabernacle or altar, where they
esteemed themselves safe. 1Ki 2:28.
Adam Clarke: In the secret
of his tabernacle. Were there no other place, he would put me in the
holy of holies, so that an enemy would not dare to approach me.
Psalm 27:5 God says "in the day of trouble He will conceal
me (hide me
by covering me) in His tabernacle. In the Hiding Place (the secret place) of
His tabernacle (where He dwells in glory!) He will hide me." What is
our responsibility? To believe this truth. When the day of trouble
comes, we can pray to Him to hide us in the Hiding Place in the Holy
of holies, in His very presence!
In the secret of His presence how
my soul delights to hide!
Oh, how precious are the lessons which I learn at Jesus’ side!
Earthly cares can never vex me, neither trials lay me low;
For when Satan comes to tempt me, to the secret place I go.
The Tabernacle represented the
present of God among His people.
The day of
trouble is a certainty in the life of every believer. While it
won't last forever (2Cor 4:18), it will come to pass. If we have been
meditating in His Tabernacle, we are prepared for the day of trouble
"Though God does not always deliver
his people out of trouble, yet he delivers them from the evil of
trouble, the despair of trouble, by supporting the spirit; nay, he
delivers by trouble, for he sanctifies the trouble to cure the souls,
and by less troubles delivers them from greater." (CHS)
Blessed words "in the Hiding Place
(in Christ Jesus) of His Tabernacle" hiding us where He Himself is
present! Spurgeon says He hides us in “that most holy place, where
none can come and live but those whom God brings there, in the sacred
spot where the security must be absolute, in the tabernacle of
sacrifice besprinkled with the blood of atonement, shall He hide me.”
Oh, what a hiding-place is this for He gives us the best of shelter in
the worst of danger! Run into "the Name of the Lord" (Hiding Place)
Psalm 31:20-note You hide
(verb satar; Lxx = katakrupto) them in the
secret place (sether/seter; Lxx = apokruphos) of Your presence from the conspiracies of man; You keep
them secretly (tsaphan - hide
by covering over) in a shelter from the strife of tongues.
Spurgeon: Pride is a
barbed weapon: the proud man's contumely is iron which entereth into
the soul; but those who trust in God, are safely housed in the Holy of
holies, the innermost court, into which no man may dare intrude; here
in the secret dwelling place of God the mind of the saint rests in
peace, which the foot of pride cannot disturb. Dwellers at the foot of
the cross of Christ grow callous to the sneers of the haughty. The
wounds of Jesus distil a balsam which heals all the scars which the
jagged weapons of contempt can inflict upon us; in fact, when armed
with the same mind which was in Christ Jesus, the heart is
invulnerable to all the darts of pride. Thou shalt keep them
secretly in a pavilion from the strife of tongues. Tongues are
more to be dreaded than beasts of prey—and when they strive, it is as
though a whole pack of wolves were let loose; but the believer is
secure even in this peril, for the royal pavilion of the King of kings
shall afford him quiet shelter and serene security. The secret
tabernacle of sacrifice, and the royal pavilion of sovereignty afford
a double security to the Lord's people in their worst distresses.
Observe the immediate action of God, "Thou shalt hide, ""Thou shalt
keep, "the Lord himself is personally present for the rescue of his
Arndt, quoted by W. Wilson, D.D.:
This our beloved God does secretly, so that no human eyes may or can
see, and the ungodly do not know that a believer is, in God, and in
the presence of God, so well protected, that no reproach or contempt,
and no quarrelsome tongue can do him harm.
Psalm 32:7-note You are my
hiding place (Lxx = kataphuge = refuge, way of escape); You preserve me from trouble; You
surround me with songs of deliverance. Selah.
Spurgeon: Thou art my
hiding place. Terse, short sentences make up this verse, but they
contain a world of meaning. Personal claims upon our God are the joy
of spiritual life. To lay our hand upon the Lord with the clasp of a
personal "my" is delight at its full. Observe that the same man
who in the fourth verse was oppressed by the presence of God (Ps
32:4), here finds a shelter in Him. See what honest confession and
full forgiveness will do! The Gospel of substitution makes Him to be
our Refuge Who otherwise would have been our Judge. Thou shalt
preserve me from trouble. Trouble shall do me no real harm when
the Lord is with me, rather it shall bring me much benefit, like the
file which clears away the rust, but does not destroy the metal.
Observe the three tenses, we have noticed the sorrowful past, the last
sentence was a joyful present, this is a cheerful future. Thou
shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance.
What a golden sentence! The man is encircled in song, surrounded by
dancing mercies, all of them proclaiming the triumphs of grace. There
is no breach in the circle, it completely rings him round; on all
sides he hears music. Before him hope sounds the cymbals, and behind
him gratitude beats the timbrel. Right and left, above and beneath,
the air resounds with joy, and all this for the very man who, a few
weeks ago, was roaring all the day long. How great a change! What
wonders grace has done and still can do!
There was a need of a pause, for love so amazing needs to be pondered,
and joy so great demands quiet contemplation, since language fails to
Spurgeon adds (in his
exposition of Psalm 32) - David had talked, in the Ps 32:1, of his sin being
covered. Now he not only hides his sin beneath the divine
covering, but he hides himself beneath the Divine Shelter: “Thou
art my hiding place.” Thus does the believer sing Rock of Ages,
cleft for me, Let me hide myself in thee.”
Danger felt, refuge known,
possession claimed, joy experienced.
Precious words! “Thou art my hiding
place,” not “ thou art a hiding place,” but “ Thou art my hiding
place.” A man who is beset by foes does not stand still and say, “Yes,
I can see there is a hiding place there,” but he runs to it. Beloved,
run to your hiding place this evening, each one of you who can have a
claim and interest in Christ, run to him now, and say,- 7. Thou
shalt preserve me from trouble, thou shalt compass me about with songs
of deliverance. Selah. He has come up to us out of the roaring to
the singing; all the day long he roars, and now all the day long he
sings; he sees songs everywhere; he lives in a circle of music: his
heart is so glad. Well may he put another “ Selah,” for he has smitten
the strings very joyfully, and they need tuning again.
Ps 32:7. Thou shalt preserve me from trouble; - Lord, if thou
hast taken away the greatest of all troubles, that is, guilt on the
conscience, if thou hast really forgiven me, what trouble have I to be
afraid of? “Thou shalt preserve me from trouble.”
Ps 32:7. Thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance.
Selah - The world is full of music to the man to whom God has
said, “I forgive thee.” Do not rest, dear friend, till you really know
that you are forgiven; for if you do, you will rest short of all true
happiness. But if you have sought God’s mercy, and had your sin
forgiven, you are already at the gates of heaven....If thou hast
pardoned me, there is the making of all manner of music in the fact of
my pardon. He that is washed by the precious blood of Jesus is the man
to sing. Has not God made a chorister of him? John tells us, in the
Revelation, that one of the elders said to him, concerning the white-
robed throng, “These are they, which came out of great tribulation,
and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the
Lamb. Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day
and night in his temple.” “Selah.” David must tune the strings of his
harp again, for now he wishes to exult in God, and to magnify his holy
name, as he listens to his Lord’s gracious words.
- The same man who in Ps 32:4 complained that he was oppressed by
God’s hand here declares God to be his hiding place. Whereas before he
feared God as his judge, now he takes refuge in Him as his protector
who surrounds him with songs of deliverance. The flood of great waters
(Ps 32:6) refers to God’s judgment. The man who has
experienced God’s forgiveness need not fear the flood of God’s
judgment. What a blessing that, instead of having to run from God,
now we can run to God and know we are safe! The story is told of a
wagon train crossing the prairie, which came over a hill and was
terrified to see a prairie fire racing in their direction. It seemed
as if they would be engulfed by the flames. But the leader quickly
rode to the rear of the caravan and lit the dry grass behind them on
fire. The same winds blowing the flames toward them fanned this fire
away from them. Within minutes they all moved to the burned-off area.
As the heat and smoke became more intense, a little girl cried out,
“Are you sure we’re safe?” “Oh, yes,” said the wagon master, “we’re
safe because we’re standing where the fire has already been.” If
Christ has taken the fire of God’s judgment, then we’re safe if we
take refuge in Him.
James Smith: It was a
gracious and merciful act when Obadiah hid an hundred men of the
Lord's prophets by fifty in a cave, and "fed them with bread and
water" (1Ki 18:13). But how much better is it to be the Lord's hidden
ones? Who shall discover those whom He hath concealed?..."Your life is
hid with Christ in God" (Col 3:3), and hid by God Himself. What a
place of safety! He takes us under the feathers of His own wings. "I
flee to Thee to hide me" (Ps 143:9). Where He Hides. In the safest
place in the universe.
1. IN THE PAVILION OF HIS GRACE.
"He shall hide me in His pavilion" (Ps 27 5). We are not under the
cloud of the law, but under the covering of His redeeming grace. The
word atonement means covering.
2. IN THE SECRET OF HIS TABERNACLE (Ps 27:5). The secret place
of the Tabernacle was where God Himself dwelt, in the Holy of Holies.
Into the secret of His own presence hath He brought us. "Your life is
hid with Christ in God" (Col 3:3). "Abide in Me." What a blessed
hiding-place is ours! "God is our Refuge, we shall not be moved" (Ps
Thou blest Rock of Ages,
I'm hiding in Thee.
Alan Carr on "You surround me with songs of deliverance." - The
songs of God are songs of deliverance. Do you know where the first
song in the Bible is found? It is found in the fifteenth chapter of
Exodus. It is called the Song of Moses. The occasion was the crossing
of the Red Sea. These people had been in bondage in Egypt for over 400
years. Egypt is a picture of sin. But when these people had been freed
from Egypt, when they had been redeemed from their sin, they sang. (Ed
note: Every Christian ought to sing a song of deliverance for
we have been set free from bondage to sin and fear of death!)
Vance Havner - A little girl, distressed over
world conditions, wrote to a magazine editor for advice. He replied,
"Let the reader grit her wisdom teeth. There is no hiding place." It
is a sad commentary on our vaunted civilization that, for all our
education, science, invention, and boasted progress, we are looking
for a hole in the ground in which to hide from our own devices. The
theme of books and articles by, of all people, scientists is, "No
Place To Hide." But there is a hiding place. Not in a "refuge of lies"
(Isa. 28:15, 17) such as we devise rather than face God. "Can any hide
himself in secret places that I shall not see him?" (Jer. 23:24). Not
in rocks and mountains (Rev. 6:15-17). God is our refuge. The only way
to hide from His Presence is in His Presence.
In the secret of His Presence
How my soul delights to hide.
He is the Haven of Rest,
the Shelter in Time of Storm.
We need a refuge from the pride of man and the strife of tongues, and
we may find both in the secret of His Presence (Ps 31:20). There is a
Even as the Ark provided righteous
Noah a "hiding place from the storm," so too Christ Jesus is our
eternal "Ark" into Whom we run for salvation (the first time) and then
must run daily, because daily the storms of life come against
us, some big, some little. Nevertheless, in all of the storms Christ
is our safe Hiding Place, our Protector from danger. Paul echoed this
truth when he asked us "Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?
Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, etc" (Ro 8:35) Paul
answered his own question declaring "I am convinced that neither
death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present,
nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other
created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God,
which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." (Ro 8:38-39) "In Christ Jesus our
Lord," the God-Man Who is our everlasting Hiding Place! Are you in
trials of various "shapes and sizes" (I am even as I write)? Then run
into your Hiding Place, Christ Jesus.
Beloved, our short life is a
life of "storms" - we are either in a storm, coming out of one, or
going into one. (spiritual distress on account of sin, attacks from
human enemies, who taunt, slander, threaten, etc, gales of temporal
losses, bereavements, and other afflictions)
Remember that our Hiding Place
from the storms is also the sovereign Lord of the universe Who
controls the wind and commands the storms to be still. (Mt 8:26,
Just as a pursued kitten runs to a
tree, just as a frightened child runs to his father, so we can come to
the Lord in our stresses and distresses and find in him a hiding
place, a place of security.
Our Hiding Place "is equally
complete and competent in all circumstances of conflict or comfort,
quest or quiet, rigor or rest. He holds us in His strong hand
tenaciously but tenderly in the night and height of the ranging
tempest, assuring us that all is well. The foundations of the
stronghold are fixed in the bastions of everlasting righteousness and
the girders are tempered with the intensest love of the infinitely
Holy One." (Charles Roll)
Charles Roll "What wonderful
reassurance is derived from knowing that in all circumstances and
under all conditions, we have a Protector, a Provider, and a
Preserver, an ever-present Shield and Defender, the Ancient of days,
pavilioned in splendor, environed in grandeur, exalted in honor, and
enthroned in glory. All power resides in the hand of this Potentate."
Jesus is found to be the best
hiding place and covert from the winds and tempests of affliction.
Jesus is the best Hiding Place from the tempest of fear when it
agitates the soul.
Jesus is the best hiding place and
covert from the tempest of an agitated conscience. When the lightning
of conviction flashes upon the soul, and guilt with its thundering
voice spreads its dark folds over the mind, no where but in Jesus can
be found a covert from the bursting storm. To what other refuge can a
sinner fly when the horrid nature of his rebellion is laid open before
him? (Edward Griffin)
has this alliteration on Psalm 32:6-7...
The Power of Prayer (Ps 32:6a)
The Power of Position (Ps 32:6b-7a)
The Power of Peace (Ps 32:7b)
The Power of Praise (Ps 32:7c)
The power of
prayer: "For this shall every one that is godly pray."
That is the first thing to do when tempted-pray! Sin is too big a
thing to be handled alone. When the Titanic struck that massive
iceberg things were suddenly different in the wireless shack. When
the Californian broke in at 11:00 p.m. with the sixth ice warning,
the Titanic's wireless operator had simply told her to shut up and
hadn't bothered sending the warning to the bridge. When the frantic
SOS signals were sounding over the radio waves, it was too late! Don't
wait until you strike! Send up your SOS now! Realize the power of
The power of position: "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
David found a hiding place from the dreadful storm near to the
heart of God. That was the best that could be said in the Old
Testament: a man could draw near to God. In the New Testament our life
is hid with Christ in God. Here, for instance, is a valuable deed. You
put that deed in your safety deposit box and then you put that safety
deposit box in the vault at the bank. Here is a redeemed human life,
something very valuable to God, purchased at infinite cost. He puts
that life in Christ; then he enfolds Christ in Himself. That is the
power of position. As Toplady the hymn writer put it:
Rock of Ages,
cleft for me,
Let me hide myself in Thee;
Let the water and the blood
From Thy riven side which flowed,
Be of sin the double cure,
Save me from its guilt and power.
The power of
peace. "Thou shalt preserve me from trouble."
The believer is not exempt from troubles. Satan will often use them to
worry and weaken us. God wants to use them to strengthen us. David had
his fair share of trouble, and he had more to come. His whole family
was yet to dissolve in ruins as adultery and murder would break out
again and again among his own sons. Yet David would be preserved. What
a wonderful peace! Come what may, God will not change.
In this dark world of sin?
The blood of Jesus whispers
The power of
praise: "Thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance."
David saw himself completely circled with song! This was the man who,
moments before, had been talking about his "roaring"-his irrepressible
anguish. Praise is a wonderful thing; it disarms the enemy! What can
he do to a person who turns every experience of life into an
opportunity for praise?
Look at Paul and Silas in prison with their backs torn to shreds by a
Roman scourge and their hands and feet bound fast with chains of iron.
The whole prison rings with harmony as two mutilated missionaries sing
praises to God. Their songs lead to the conversion of the jailer and
all his house. How could they sing under such circumstances? They
believed in the truth of Romans 8:28. "Thou shalt compass me about
with songs of deliverance. Selah!" (John Phillips)
Psalm 61:4-note Let me dwell in Your tent forever; Let me take refuge
(flee for protection) in
the shelter ("Hiding Place; Lxx = skepazo in passive voice = be spread out
over, providing security, protection, shelter) of Your wings. Selah.
NLT - Let me live forever in
your sanctuary, safe beneath the shelter of your wings! Interlude
Comment: Some versions do
not render it as a prayer but as a declaration - "NET Psalm 61:4 I
will be a permanent guest in your home; I will find shelter in the
protection of your wings. (Selah)"
1. We find Security under His Wings
Psalm 17:8— Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of
2. We find Sympathy and Sweet Love under His Wings
Psalm 36:7— How excellent is thy lovingkindness, O God! therefore the
children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings.
3. We find Shelter and His Care Under His Wings
Psalm 57:1— Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me: for my
soul trusteth in thee: yea, in the shadow of thy wings will I make my
refuge, until these calamities be overpast.
Psalm 61:4— I will abide in thy tabernacle for ever: I will trust in
the covert of thy wings.
4. We find Satisfaction, Shouting for Joy, and Singing Under His Wings
Psalm 63:7— Because thou hast been my help, therefore in the shadow of
thy wings will I rejoice. The word "rejoice" also means "to sing."
5. We find a Shield Under His Wings
Psalm 91:4— He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings
shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.
Ron Mattoon - When I read about the
life of George Washington in David Barton's book, The Bulletproof
George Washington, I know doubt, saw the protection of God in His
life. This man loved God for sure. We especially see God's protection
in a battle he fought on July 9th, 1755 at a place called Monongahela.
This region is near Pittsburg, Pa. Under the command of the arrogant
British General Braddock, over 700 of the 1300 British soldiers were
killed because Braddock was unwilling to take wise counsel on how to
fight the French and Indians. George Washington was one who advised
the general to change his battle tactics, but Braddock would not
While the French army and the Indians fought behind rocks and trees,
the British marched out in the open and were slaughtered. All the
officers on horseback under Braddock's command were shot except one,
George Washington. For two hours, Washington was riding all over the
battlefield, carrying orders for General Braddock.
In spite of the fierce danger he faced, Washington was unharmed. Four
bullet holes were found in his coat and two horses were shot out from
beneath him, but nothing hit his body. He was shielded from bullets,
bayonets, arrows, and tomahawks. One of the leading Indian warriors
stated, "Washington was never born to be killed by a bullet. I had
seventeen fair fires at him with my rifle, but could not bring him
Fifteen years later, in 1770, Washington met the Indian chief involved
in this battle. When Chief Red Hawk learned that Washington was in the
area, the chief sought out Washington to talk with him about the
battle. Through an interpreter, he told Washington that the command
was given to shoot him down. These Indian warriors were excellent
marksmen, but they could not hit Washington. Red Hawk himself, shot at
Washington eleven times, but could not hit him, even though he was a
The chief said, "A power far mightier than we shielded you. Seeing you
were under the special guardianship of the Great Spirit, we
immediately ceased to fire at you." The chief continued and said,
"Something bids me to speak a voice of prophecy. Listen! The Great
Spirit protects this man, (referring to Washington) and guides his
destinies. He will become the chief of nations, and a people, yet
unborn, will hail him as the founder of a mighty empire." The chief
was right as Washington became the father of the United States of
It is interesting to note that Washington was not wounded in any of
the battles that he fought to secure the freedom of our nation. Thank
God for His protection of our lives. He protected Washington, and He
can protect and care for you, too, as you face battles each day in
your life. Have you placed yourself under the shadow of His wings?
Psalm 81:7-note "You called in trouble and I rescued you; I answered you in
the hiding place of thunder; I proved you at the waters of Meribah.
Psalm 91:1-note He who dwells in the
shelter ("secret place" = KJV, NJB) of the Most High Will abide in
the shadow of the Almighty.
Comment: "in the shelter"
rendered "under the protection" (HCSB), "in the secret place of
Elyon," (NJB), "In the secret place." (YLT) NET has "As for you,
the one who lives in the shelter of the sovereign One, and resides in
the protective shadow of the mighty king."
For forty years Moses had had no
fixed material dwelling-place.
Wiersbe: The saints
who abide in Christ (Ps 91:1, 9) cannot avoid confronting unknown
perils, but they can escape the evil consequences. Moses, David, and
Paul, and a host of other servants of God, faced great danger in
accomplish...Faith in God—the Hidden Life (Ps 91:1–4) The most important
part of a believer’s life is the part that only God sees, the “hidden
life” of communion and worship that is symbolized by the Holy of
Holies in the Jewish sanctuary (Ex. 25:18–22; Heb. 10:19–25). God is
our refuge and strength (Ps 46:1). He hides us that He might help us and
then send us back to serve Him in the struggles of life. (See Ps 27:5;
Ps 31:19–20; 32:7; Ps 73:27–28; 94:22; 142:5; Deut. 32:37.) The author of
the psalm had two “addresses”: his tent (Ps 91:10) and his Lord (Ps
9). The safest place in the world is a shadow, if it is the shadow of
the Almighty. Through Jesus Christ we find safety and satisfaction
under the wings of the cherubim in the Holy of Holies (Ps 36:7–8; 57:1;
61:4; 63:2, 6–7). Jesus pictured salvation by describing chicks hiding
under the wings of the mother hen (Matt. 23:37; Luke 13:38), and the
psalmist pictured communion as believers resting under the wings of
the cherubim in the tabernacle. (Be exultant).
Psalm 101:5 Whoever secretly slanders his neighbor, him I will
destroy; No one who has a haughty look and an arrogant heart will I
Psalm 119:114 You are my hiding
place and my shield; I wait for Your
Spurgeon Exposition - To his
God he ran for shelter from vain thoughts, there he hid himself away
from their tormenting intrusions, and in solemn silence of the soul he
found God to be his hiding-place. When called into the world, if he
could not be alone with God as his hiding-place, he could have the
Lord with him as his shield, and by this means he could ward off the
attacks of wicked suggestions.
Ps 119:114.—Our protection from danger—“hiding-place”; in
danger—“shield”; before danger—“I hope.”
Ps 119:114.—“Hiding-place.” Secrecy to conceal us. Capacity to hold
us. Safety. Comfort.—T. Manton.
Ps 119:114.—Hiding and hoping. I. A hiding-place needed. II. A
hiding-place provided (Isa. 25:1–4; 32:2). III. A hiding-place
used.—C. A. D.
Ps 119:114.—I. The refuge provided: “Thou art,” etc. II. The refuge
revealed: “In thy word.” III. The refuge found: “I hope,” etc.—G. R.
Verse 114.—“Thou art my hiding
place.” I. In thy grace, from condemnation. II. In thy compassion,
from sorrow. III. In thy succor, from temptation. IV. In thy power,
from opposition. V. In thy fulness, from want.—W. J.
Charles Bridges - Thou
art my hiding-place, and my shield; I hope in thy word
Here is our main principle of safety—not our strivings, or our
watchfulness, but our faith (waiting or putting one's hope in His Word
implies faith, belief in His Word). Flee instantly to Jesus. He is the
sinner’s Hiding Place, “the man,” that wondrous man, “in whom dwelt
all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.” Yes, Jesus exposed Himself to
the fury of “the tempest,” that He might provide a Hiding Place for
us. The broken law pursued with its relentless curse—‘The sinner ought
to die’—But “thou art my Hiding Place,” Who hast “redeemed me from the
curse of the law, being made a curse for me.” “The fiery darts” pour
in on every side; but the recollection of past security awakens my
song of acknowledgment, “Thou hast been a strength to the poor, to the
needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a shadow from the
heat, when the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the
wall.” (Isa 25:4) Our Hiding Place covers us from the power of the
world. “IN ME,” saith our Saviour, “ye shall have peace. Be of good
cheer; I have overcome the world.” (Jn 16:33) Helpless to resist the
great enemy, our Lord brings us to his wounded side, and hides us
there. We “overcome him (our Adversary, Satan, Rev 12:9) by the blood
of the Lamb.” (Rev 12:11) To all accusations from every quarter, our
challenge is ready, “Who shall lay anything to the charge of God’s
elect?” (Ro 8:33) From the fear of death, our Hiding Place still
covers us. “Jesus through death hath destroyed him that had the power
of death.” (Heb 2:14) Against the sting of this last enemy, a song of
thanksgiving is put into our mouth, “O death! where is thy sting? O
grave! where is thy victory?...Thanks be to God, Who gives us the
victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1Cor 15:55, 57-58) Thus is
“the smoking flax,” which the malice of Satan strives to extinguish,
not “quenched;” nor is “the bruised reed,” which seems beyond the hope
of restoration “broken.” (Mt 12:20)
But the completeness of our security is graphically portrayed—Thou
art my hiding-place, to cover from danger—my shield, also to protect
me in it. Either I shall be kept from trouble, that it shall not come;
or in trouble, that it shall not hurt me. The hiding-place alone would
be imperfect security, as being limited to one place. But my shield is
movable, wherever be the point of danger or assault. I can “quench the
dart” that is aimed at my soul.
But a hiding-place implies also secrecy. And truly the
believer’s is a “hidden life,” 4 beyond the comprehension of the
world. He mixes with them in the common intercourse of life. But while
seen of man, he is dwelling “in the secret of the Lord’s tabernacle,”
safe in the midst of surrounding danger, guarded by invincible
strength.6 Often, indeed, must the world be surprised at his
constancy, amidst all their varied efforts to shake his steadfastness.
They know not “the secret of the Lord, which is with them that fear
him.” And never could he have had a just conception of the
all-sufficiency of his God, until he finds it above him, around him,
underneath him, in all the fulness of everlasting love—his
hiding-place, and his shield . Thus in the heart of the enemy’s
country “the dwelleth on high, and his place of defence is the
munitions of rocks.”
But are we acquainted with this hiding-place? How have we
discovered it? Are we found in it, and careful to abide in it? Within
its walls “that wicked one toucheth us not.” Yet never shall we
venture outside the walls unprotected, but his assault will give us
some painful remembrance of our unwatchfulness. And then do we prize
our shield, and run behind it for constant security. Remember, every
other hiding-place “the waters will overflow.” Every other shield is a
powerless defence. Surely then the word, which has discovered this
security to us, is a firm warrant for our “hope.” And therefore every
sinner, enclosed in the covert of love, will be ready to declare, “I
hope in thy word.”
Psalm 139:15 My frame was not
hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully
wrought in the depths of the earth;
Proverbs 9:17 "Stolen water is sweet; And bread eaten in secret
Proverbs 21:14 A gift in secret subdues anger, And a bribe in
the bosom, strong wrath.
Proverbs 25:23 The north wind brings forth rain, And a backbiting
tongue (literally "a tongue of secret" picturing one who whispers
about others behind their back, thus "back biting" them!), an angry countenance.
Song of Solomon 2:14 "O my dove, in the clefts of the rock, In the
secret place of the steep pathway, Let me see your form,
Let me hear your voice; For your voice is sweet, And your form is
Isaiah 16:4 "Let the outcasts of Moab stay with you; Be a hiding
place to them from the destroyer." For the extortioner has come
to an end, destruction has ceased, Oppressors have completely
disappeared from the land.
Isaiah 28:17 "I will make justice the measuring line And righteousness
the level; Then hail will sweep away the refuge of lies And the waters
will overflow the secret place.
Comment: Here is the context
of this passage which presents sinful men's "secret place" (hiding
place). While God's "Hiding Place" (in Christ the "Costly
Cornerstone") provides protection for our souls in this life and
that to come, those who take refuge in lies deceive themselves and
their "secret place" will prove to be vain protection in the day of
God's righteous judgment.
15 Because you have said, "We have
made a covenant with death, And with Sheol we have made a pact. The
overwhelming scourge will not reach us when it passes by, For we
have made falsehood (A LIE) our refuge and we have concealed
ourselves with deception."
16 Therefore thus says the Lord GOD, "Behold, I am laying in Zion a
stone, a tested stone, A costly cornerstone for the foundation, firmly
placed. He who believes in it (IT = "HE" in the NT - 1Pe 2:6) will not
be disturbed (disappointed).
17 "And I will make justice the measuring line, and righteousness the
level. Then hail shall sweep away the refuge of lies, and the waters
shall overflow the secret place.
Each will be like a refuge from the wind and
a shelter ("a hiding place" from = cether/seter in KJV; NAS uses sethar - 05642b)
from the storm, Like streams of water in a dry country, Like the shade
of a huge rock in a parched land.
Isaiah 32:2KJV And
shall be as an hiding place
("hiding place" in YLT, Hebrew = machabe = hiding place) from the
wind, and a covert ("a hiding place" = cether/seter) from the
tempest; as rivers of water in a dry place, as the shadow of a great
rock in a weary land.
will shelter Israel from the storm and the wind. He will refresh her
as a river in the desert and as the cool shadow of a large rock in a
hot and weary land."
Spurgeon (Faith's Checkbook):
WHO this man is we all know. Who
could He be but the Second Man, the Lord from heaven, the Man of
sorrows, the Son of man? What a hiding-place He has been to His
people! He bears the full force of the wind Himself, and so He
shelters those who hide themselves in Him. We have thus escaped the
wrath of God, and we shall thus escape the anger of men, the cares of
this life, and the dread of death. Why do we stand in the wind
when we may so readily and so surely get out of it by hiding behind
our Lord? Let us this day run to him, and be at peace. Often the
common wind of trouble rises in its force and becomes a tempest,
sweeping everything before it. Things which looked firm and stable
rock in the blast, and many and great are the falls among our carnal
confidences. Our Lord Jesus, the glorious Man, is a covert which is
never blown down. In him we mark the tempest sweeping by, but we
ourselves rest in delightful serenity.
This day let us just stow ourselves
away in our hiding-place, and sit and sing under the protection of our
covert. Blessed Jesus! Blessed Jesus! How we love thee! Well we may,
for thou art to us a shelter in the time of storm.
R A Torrey - A good many
years ago I was traveling on the continent visiting some of the art
galleries of Germany, and I saw a picture in the new art gallery in
Munich that made a very deep impression on my mind. It represented the
approach of a storm; the thunder clouds were rolling up thick and
ominous; the trees were bending before the first approach of the
oncoming tempest. Horses and cattle were scurrying across the fields
in fright, and a little company of men, women and children, with bowed
forms, blanched faces, and terror depicted in every look and action,
were running before the storm in search of a hiding-place. I do
not suppose it was the artist’s intention, but it has always seemed
to me that this picture was an accurate representation of every human
life. Every man and woman needs a hiding-place. You say a
hiding-place from what? A hiding-place from four things...1. A
Hiding-Place, needed from an accusing Conscience...2. A Hiding-Place
needed from the Power of Sin within Ourselves...3. A Hiding-Place
needed from the Power of the Devil....4. A Hiding-Place needed from
the Wrath to Come (Read full sermon
Every Man's Need of a Refuge)
James Smith: There are many false refuges to which men resort when
in danger (chap. 31:1). Refuges of lies. The arm of flesh will fail
1. Who this Man is. "A man shall be as an hiding place." This
is the Man who is God's fellow (Zech. 13:7). The one Mediator between
God and men, the Man Christ Jesus (1Ti 2:5).
2. What this Man does. "Thou shalt call His Name Jesus, for He
shall save His people from their sins." He—
1. SAVES. "He is an hiding place from the wind and the
tempest." This rock was strong to bear the tempest of suffering and
judgment that came upon Him for as. "There is therefore now no
condemnation" (Ro 8:1).
2. SHELTERS. "He is a covert." He is the Ark of refuge from the
coming storm. He is the Mercy-seat (propitiation) that covers a broken
law, and through which we may stand accepted before God. He Himself is
the tabernacle of covering for the soul (Isa. 4:6; Ps 32:7).
3. SATISFIES. "He is as rivers of water in a dry place." He not
only shelters but supplies the need of all who hide in Him. "If any
man thirst let him come unto Me and drink."
4. SUCCORS. "He is the shadow of a great Rock in a weary land."
In the weary land of our earthly pilgrimage His succoring
shadow will be cast over us while bearing the burden and heat of the
day. The day of active service for Him. "They drank of that Rock which
followed them, and that Rock was Christ" (1Cor 10:4). (Handfuls on
John MacArthur (I agree with
his comment but others such as Warren Wiersbe see this as leaders in
the kingdom, although Wiersbe does agree "our Lord fits this
description" [Isa 25:4] - compare with another Wiersbe comment below)
- During the
of Christ, leaders will provide protection like “the shade of a huge
rock in a parched land,” instead of posing threats to the people’s
Warren Wiersbe (see
preceding comment - here is a comment from his "Be series" commentary
on Isaiah in which he now favors this as a reference to Messiah) -
Messiah will reign in righteousness and justice (Is 32:1, 16; 33:5;
see Isa 9:7; 11:1–5). In addition, the King (Ed: Wiersbe capitalizes
"King" here) will be like a rock of refuge for the people (Isa 8:14;
17:10; 26:4; 28:16) and like a refreshing river in the desert (Isa
8:5–8; 33:21; 41:18; 48:18; 66:12). (Be Comforted)
Jamieson says the KJV's "man"
is better rendered "the man Christ [Lowth]; it is as “the Son of man”
He is to reign, as it was as Son of man He suffered (Mt 26:64; Jn
Calvin on "man"
(KJV begins with the phrase "And a man...") - If
this was said with truth concerning Hezekiah, much more may it be said
concerning Christ, in Whom we have our best, or rather, our only
Refuge in those storms by which we must be tossed about as long as we
dwell in this world. Whenever, therefore, we are scorched by
oppressive heat, let us learn to retire under His shadow; whenever we
are tossed about by tempests, and think that we are overwhelmed by the
violence of the waves, let us learn to betake ourselves to Him as our
safest harbor; He will speedily bring every storm to a calm, and will
completely restore what was ruined and decayed.
Wiersbe - God cares for His
own in times of trial and judgment. He kept Noah and his family alive
through the Flood and guarded Israel when His judgments fell on Egypt.
He protected believing Rahab and her family when Jericho fell and
preserved a faithful remnant when Judah was taken into Babylonian
Captivity. Throughout the centuries, He has kept His church in spite
of the attacks of Satan and will deliver His church from the wrath to
come. When "the Day of the Lord" comes to this godless world, God will
see to it that the Jewish remnant will be preserved. (Pause for Power:
A Year in the Word)
See Spurgeon's sermon "Our
Hiding Place" -
Immense boons have come to nations by kings like David, prophets like
Samuel, deliverers like Gideon, lawgivers like Moses.
But what are all good men put together compared with The Man Christ
Let us consider that—
I. This Life Is liable to Storms.
1. Mysterious hurricanes within, which cause the most dreadful
confusion of mind.
2. Overwhelming tempests of spiritual distress on account of sin.
3. Wild attacks from human enemies, who taunt, slander, threaten, etc.
4. Trying gales of temporal losses, bereavements, and other
II. From These Storms the Man
Christ Jesus Is Our Hiding-Place.
1. As truly Man. Sympathizing with us.
2. As more than Man, ruling every tempest.
3. As Substitutionary Man.
In Him we are delivered from divine wrath.
In Him we are covered from Satan’s blasts.
In Him we dwell above trial by happy fellowship with Him.
In Him we are victors over death.
4. As the Coming Man. We dread no political catastrophes, or social
disruptions, for “He must reign.” The end is secured. “Behold, He
cometh with clouds” (Rev. 1:7).
III. Let Us See to It That We Take
Shelter in the Man.
1. Let Him stand before us, interposing Himself between us and the
punishment of sin. Hide behind Him by faith.
2. Let Him daily cover us from all evil, as our Shield and Protector
O you that are out of Christ, the
tempest is lowering!
Come to this covert; hasten to this hiding-place!
He is a capacious hiding-place: “Yet there is room.”
As in Adullam all David’s army could hide,
so is Jesus able to receive hosts of sinners.
I creep under my Lord’s wings in
the great downpour, and the waters cannot reach me. Let fools laugh
the fools’ laughter, and scorn Christ, and bid the weeping captives in
Babylon to sing them one of the songs of Zion. We may sing, even in
our winter’s storm, in the expectation of a summer’s sun at the turn
of the year. No created powers in hell, or out of hell, can mar our
Lord’s work, or spoil our song of joy. Let us then be glad and rejoice
in the salvation of our Lord, for faith had never yet cause to have
tearful eyes, or a saddened brow, or to droop or die.—Samuel
A shelter is nothing if we stand in front of it. The main thought with
many a would-be Christian is his own works, feelings, and attainments:
this is to stand on the windy side of the wall by putting self before
Jesus. Our safety lies in getting behind Christ, and letting Him stand
in the wind’s eye. We must be altogether hidden, or Christ cannot be
our hiding-place. Foolish religionists hear about the hiding-place,
but never get into it. How great is the folly of such conduct. It
makes Jesus to be of no value or effect. What is a roof to a man who
lies in the open, or a boat to one who sinks in the sea? Even the Man
Christ Jesus, though ordained of God to be a covert from the tempest,
can cover none but those who are in Him. Come then, poor sinner, enter
where you may; hide in Him Who was evidently meant to hide you, for He
was ordained to be a hiding-place, and must be used as such, or the
very aim of His life and death would be missed. C.H. SPURGEON
“Then You Ask Him” - Said Dr. Carl F. H. Henry, “In one of my
last street meetings, during my college years, a heckler kept
shouting, ‘Where did Cain get his wife?’
“When I could ignore the disturber no longer. I replied, ‘When I get
to heaven, I’ll ask him!’
“ ‘Suppose he isn’t in heaven?’ parried the disrupter.
“I retorted. “Then you can ask him!” ’ (Al Bryant - Sermon outlines
for evangelistic services)
Isaiah 45:19 "I have not spoken in
secret, In some dark land; I did not say to the offspring of
Jacob, 'Seek Me in a waste place'; I, the LORD, speak righteousness,
Declaring things that are upright.
Isaiah 48:16 "Come near to Me, listen to this: From the first I have
not spoken in secret, From the time it took place, I was there.
And now the Lord GOD has sent Me, and His Spirit."
Jeremiah 37:17 Now King Zedekiah sent and took him out; and in his
palace the king secretly asked him and said, "Is there a word
from the LORD?" And Jeremiah said, "There is!" Then he said, "You will
be given into the hand of the king of Babylon!"
Jeremiah 38:16 But King Zedekiah swore to Jeremiah in secret
saying, "As the LORD lives, who made this life for us, surely I will
not put you to death nor will I give you over to the hand of these men
who are seeking your life."
Jeremiah 40:15 Then Johanan the son of Kareah spoke secretly to
Gedaliah in Mizpah, saying, "Let me go and kill Ishmael the son of Nethaniah, and not a man will know! Why should he take your life, so
that all the Jews who are gathered to you would be scattered and the
remnant of Judah would perish?"
Now may God grant
you such that you may say like the psalmist,
You are my hiding place; You protect me from all trouble
And surround me with songs of deliverance.
So that Your work is produced by faith,
Your labor is prompted by love,
And your endurance is inspired by hope
in our Lord Jesus Christ.
Richards - HIDING PLACE
This is a reference to the Messiah.
But here we find a very different Hebrew word. When Christ reigns, our
place of safety will no longer be a secret. Isaiah 32:1-2 tells us,
Behold, a king will reign in
And princes will rule with justice.
A man will be as a hiding place from the wind,
And a cover from the tempest,
As rivers of water in a dry place,
As the shadow of a great rock in a weary land.
A shelter is nothing if we stand in
front of it. The main thought with many a would-be Christian is his
own works, feelings, and attainments: this is to stand on the windy
side of the wall by putting self before Jesus. Our safety lies in
getting behind Christ, and letting him stand in the wind’s eye. We
must be altogether hidden, or Christ cannot be our hiding-place.
Foolish religionists hear about the hiding-place, but never get into
it. How great is the folly of such conduct! It makes Jesus to be of no
value or effect. What is a roof to a man who lies in the open, or a
boat to one who sinks in the sea? Even the Man Christ Jesus, though
ordained of God to be a covert from the tempest, can cover none but
those who are in him. Come then, poor sinner, enter where you may;
hide in him who was evidently meant to hide you, for he was ordained
to be a hiding-place, and must be used as such, or the very aim of his
life and death would be missed.
A man who is pursued as if he were
a wild beast can appreciate the value of a safe hiding place.
I. We need a hiding place for the soul.
1. For there is an enemy to our
souls ever seeking their destruction. Is it true that there is a
wicked devil? Some think not, but Jesus tells us that there is. He
tells us also that there is a hiding place from Satan’s power, and it
is the Lord Himself.
2. From our own inclinations. Some
years ago I was walking with one of my children over a canal on a very
narrow bridge. The child was frightened, and begged me to hold her
tight, as she felt as if something were pulling her down into the
canal. And so, like that child, we all of us have an inclination to
fall from purity, and we shall fall unless the Lord hold us fast. And
He will, if we ask Him. He will no more let you fall into sin, if you
call on Him with all your heart, than I would have let that child fall
into the canal. Though we have an inclination to sin, there is at all
times a hiding place in which our souls may shelter until the danger
II. There are special times when
we need a hiding place.
1. One of those times is, when the
fear of death comes upon us. Who can help us when we die?
2. Allow me to say a word about the hiding place we need when the
sorrows of poverty afflict us. Ah, don’t you think that such people
need a hiding place? How blessed is the Gospel to them! They suffer,
but they know, they feel, that our Heavenly Father cares for them. (W.
I. THE REFUGE WHICH HE NEEDS. Refer
to David in the stronghold; man-slayer in city of refuge; Noah in the
ark. The sinner needs a refuge under the guilt of sin, under the
demands of the law, under the dangers of life.
II. THE CONFIDENCE HE INDULGES. “Thou shalt preserve me from
trouble”--not that actual exemption from trial is promised, but so
preserved as that we shall not sink under it. The argument is that
past deliverances are a ground of future hope. If He delivered me as a
rebellious sinner, shall He not deliver me as a praying believer? It
rests on the promise and faithfulness of God--“For the mountains shall
depart,” etc. The Christian, after one trial, should prepare for
another. It is supported by the experience of the Church.
III. THE JOY HE ANTICIPATES. “Songs of deliverance.” (Study.)
There is no statement more true,
and no truth more important, than that maxim of Martin Luther--“Nolo
Deum absolutum.” Who, indeed, can meet an absolute God? God absolute
is a consuming fire. His holiness is irreconcilably hostile to sin;
His justice sternly demands the sinner’s punishment; and His truth
obliges Him to execute the penalty of His violated law. In an absolute
God there is no hope for a sinful creature. But now, through the
incarnate Word, my atoning Sacrifice and interceding High-Priest, the
devouring Fire becomes my protection, the almighty Adversary assumes
the character of a friend, and with full assurance of faith I take up
the song of the royal saint--“Thou art my hiding place, thou wilt
preserve me from trouble; thou wilt compass me about with songs of
deliverance.” (J. Cross, D. D.)
God a hiding place - Adam hid from God; David hides in God.
1. From the penalties of a broken
2. From the enmity of man.
3. From the trials and sorrows of life.
4. From the fear of death. (C. D. Bell, D. D.)
- HIDDEN THINGS FOR HIDDEN ONES.
It was a gracious and merciful act when Obadiah hid an hundred men of
the Lord's prophets by fifty in a cave, and "fed them with bread and
water" (1 Kings 18:13). But how much better is it to be the Lord's
hidden ones? Who shall discover those whom He hath concealed? We ask—
I. Who are They? "They have taken counsel against Thy people,
and consulted against Thy hidden ones" (Ps. 83:3). Then those hidden
1. HIS OWN. Sought out by His love, convicted by His Spirit, redeemed
by His blood. "Your body and your spirit which are God's" (1 Cor.
2. HE HIDES THEM. "Thy hidden ones." "Your life is hid with Christ in
God" (Col. 3:3), and hid by God Himself. What a place of safety! He
takes us under the feathers of His own wings. "I flee to Thee to hide
me" (Ps 143:9).
II. Where He Hides. In the safest place in the universe.
1. IN THE PAVILION OF HIS GRACE. "He shall hide me in His pavilion"
(Ps. 27 5). We are not under the cloud of the law, but under the
covering of His redeeming grace. The word atonement means covering.
2. IN THE SECRET OF HIS TABERNACLE (Ps. 27:5). The secret place of the
Tabernacle was where God Himself dwelt, in the Holy of Holies. Into
the secret of His own presence hath He brought us. "Your life is hid
with Christ in God" (Col. 3:3). "Abide in Me." What a blessed
hiding-place is ours! "God is our Refuge, we shall not be moved" (Ps.
III. What They are Hidden From. The—
1. PRIDE OF MAN (Ps 31:20). To be saved from the pride of one's own
heart is a great deliverance. The pride of man is the source of many
evils. Our security is in the bosom of Him who is the meek and lowly
2. STRIFE OF TONGUES (Ps 31:20). The tongue is a fire, a world of
iniquity. God's hidden ones are lovers of peace, and know the peace of
God. The confusion of tongues belong to the world, but Thou art my
hiding-place (Ps 32:7). Thy Word is pure, Thy voice is clear and
IV. The Privilege Enjoyed by the Hidden Ones. They dwell in a
peaceable habitation, and in a sure dwelling, and in a quiet
resting-place (Isa. 32:18). They—
1. ARE TAUGHT HIDDEN WISDOM (1Cor. 2:7). We have received the Spirit
of God that we might know the things that are freely given us of God.
Wise in Christ. Secret things belong to God (Ps. 31:19; Matt. 13:11).
2. RECEIVE HIDDEN RICHES. "I will give thee the hidden riches of
secret places" (Isa. 45:3). Being in Christ, we are in the secret
places where the unsearchable riches are (Eph 3:8). "In Him are hid
all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge" (Col 2:3).
3. EAT HIDDEN MANNA. "To him that overcomes will I give to eat of the
hidden manna" (Rev 2:17). Those hidden by God have a meat to eat that
others know not of (John 4:32), they are fed by the finest of the
wheat. "Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and Thy Word was
unto me the joy and rejoicing of my heart. for I am called by Thy
Name, O Lord God of Hosts" (Jer. 15:16)
"You are my
hiding place! You protect me from trouble." Psalm 32:7
Jesus will preserve us from all
that is really hurtful — and sanctify to us all that is painful. He is
our protector. The strength that supports us is omnipotent — the
refuge that preserves us is eternal! Why then should we fear? (James
- THE TRUE AND THE FALSE REFUGE - "A MAN SHALL BE AN HIDING PLACE"
(Isa 32:2) and "THE REFUGE OF LIES" (Isa 28:17)
Two hiding places are brought
before us here.
The one is the refuge of truth, the
other is a refuge of lies.
The one is a Man, the other is an
The first is a revelation from God,
the second is an invention of man.
All men feel their need of a refuge
of some kind or other, but all men are not equally safe in their place
of refuge. It is of vital importance that we should know now the true
from the false. It will be too late for the self-deceived to find out
this distinction when their "refuge of lies" is being swept away. Here
then are some of the features of the true, God-appointed refuge. The
true refuge is the place of—
I. Conscious Safety. "A man shall be an hiding place from the
wind, and a covert from the tempest." Those who have fled to the Man
Christ Jesus, as a refuge for the soul, ate now being sheltered from
the wind and tempest of sin and judgment The wind round about them may
be as bitter and terrible as ever, but they are being saved from its
power, and they know it. Their refuge saves them. Is your refuge
saving you from being turned aside by the sudden blasts of sin and the
pressing storms of iniquity. If your hiding place—that in which you
trust—is not sheltering you day by day, then your refuge is a refuge
II. Friendship and Communion. "A man shall be an hiding place."
This is the man who is God's fellow (Zech. 13:7). All those who have
fled for refuge to the true hiding-place are in the fellowship and
friendship of the Lord Jesus Christ. They are reconciled to God, and
rejoicing in Him. They know assuredly that God is their refuge and
strength. Does your hiding-place bring you into contact and communion
with God? Does that in which you trust for salvation make Christ
unspeakably precious to your soul? If your refuge is not in Him, it is
a refuge of lies that the judgment of hail shall sweep away, and the
waters of desolation overflow. God's only refuge for the sin-smitten
souls of men is the Man who was smitten for sin. "Other refuge have I
none." "I flee to Thee to hide me" (Ps 143:9).
III. Rest and Refreshing. "A man shall be.. as rivers of water
in a dry place." Those who have found the true refuge of the soul know
of it and enjoy it, for they now drink the living waters of
satisfaction. In their place of hiding they find the source of abiding
blessing. Their Rock of refuge has become a fountain of delight. Here
everlasting springs abide, and never-withering flowers. They heard the
Divine call, "If any man thirst, let him come unto Me and drink; "they
obeyed, and found in Him salvation from the wind and the tempest of
sin and wrath, and waters of cleansing and refreshing. Does your
hiding place bring cleansing for your soul, and yield refreshing
streams for your thirsty heart. If you are not happier and holier
through that in which you trust for salvation, your hiding place is,
in the sight of God, only a "refuge of lies." If that so-called faith
of yours is not saving you from your sins, and bringing refreshing and
gladness into your life, then it is a delusion; it is not faith in
Jesus Christ, for all that believe in Him are justified from all
things. A dying infidel was exhorted by his companion to "Hold on." "I
am quite willing to hold on," said the dying man, "if I knew what to
hold on by." He had no Christ, and so had no hope, for all refuges of
lies will be swept away.
Jesus, Lover of my soul,
I will to Thy bosom fly
Fernando Ortega - Jesus Lover of my
Hiding-place. L. M.
1 AWAKE, sweet harp of Judah, wake!
Retune thy strings for Jesus’ sake;
We sing the Saviour of our race,
The Lamb, our shield and hiding-place.
2 When God’s right arm is bared for war,
And thunders clothe His cloudy car,
Where—where—oh where shall man retire
To escape the horror of His ire?
3 ’Tis He—the Lamb—to Him we fly,
While the dread tempest passes by:
God sees His well-beloved’s face,
And spares us in our hiding-place.
4 While yet we sojourn here below,
Pollutions still our hearts o’erflow:
Fallen, abject, mean—a sentenced race,
We deeply need a hiding-place.
5 Yet, courage—days and years will glide,
And we shall lay these clods aside;
Shall be baptized in Jordan’s flood,
And wash’d in Jesus’ cleansing blood.
Henry Kirke White, 18