"Thou Art My Hiding Place." Part 2
“Thou art my hiding place; Thou shalt preserve me from trouble;
Thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance.”
Some of what God does has nothing to do with His response to what we do or don’t do. For instance, God loves us regardless of who we are, what we’ve done or what He knows we will do or not do. God loves us when we are right and when we’re wrong. God loves us when we trust Him and when we don’t trust Him.
God is forever faithful to us. To be otherwise would contradict His nature. His Faithfulness to us is not, nor can it be, determined by our faithfulness to Him.
That being said, there are though, a number of things that God does that are a direct response to what we do. David said, “Thou art my hiding place.” God was a hiding place to David because David made God his hiding place (Psalms 143:9 NIV). God becomes a hiding place to all those who hide themselves in Him. It is an act of faith that can be initiated by every believer. What a privilege it is to live each day…. hidden in God!
One of the results of making God our hiding place is that He preserves us. David said, “THOU shalt preserve me.” The blessing of that preserving, the security in the preserving, is defined by who is doing the preserving. “THOU” …. God. Jehovah God! Mighty God! Faithful God! Unfailing God! Merciful God! All powerful God! All knowing God! All Present God! Redeeming God! Healing God! Mountain-Moving God! THOU SHALT PRESERVE ME!!!
Summertime brings with it gardening, canning vegetables, jams, and jellies. Part of the process of putting up preserves is the sealing of that which is being preserved. In fact, the sealing is critical to the preservation of the contents. An integral part of God’s preserving of us is the “sealing.” Ephesians 1:13 says that we have been “sealed with the Holy Spirit of Promise!” We are not sealed by churches, institutions nor denominations. We are not sealed by deeds done, works worked nor gifts given. We are sealed by the Spirit. No demon in Hell can break that seal! The acts, accusations or opinions of people can never break the seal! The seal can be broken only by the willful act of man…. by choosing to not make God our Hiding Place.
Now, David said that God would preserve him from trouble. One rendering of that verse is: “Thou shalt preserve me from the dangerous, damaging effect of trouble.” In other words, our hiding in God does not exclude us from having or experiencing trouble. The devil’s intent is to work in the trouble and through the trouble to distract, discourage, defeat, and ultimately destroy the Child of God. None of that can happen to those who, in faith, hide themselves in Jehovah God…we are preserved from the effects of trouble! The devil would like you to believe you are going down - that you are losing the battle and will never walk in victory again. NOT SO! Say it in faith! Sing it in faith…! “Thou Art My Hiding Place, Thou SHALT Preserve Me from Trouble!”