Psalm 32:7 – You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance. (NIV)
Do you ever get the feeling that you want to run away from all of your responsibilities and go hide somewhere? I did that when I was twelve. Things in my home were unbearable, so I decided to run away.
I had just read the book, "My Side of the Mountain", written by Jean Craighead George, which is all about a young boy, Sam Gribley, who walks away from his home and ends up in the Catskill mountains. He endures blizzards, hunters, and loneliness, but his fierce will to survive and his independent spirit overcome them all. He even befriends a falcon and a weasel in the process.
I really enjoyed the book, and I thought I could run away just like Sam and survive off the land. I headed out to the Campsie Hills above Glasgow, and when I reached an isolated area, I built myself a shack made out of trees and branches, ferns and mud. I thought it was wonderful and the best thing I had ever built. But then, it started to rain, and pretty soon, I was soaked through to the skin. I shivered for about thirty minutes and then decided to go back home. All I could think about was having a hot bath and a hot meal. So much for my adventure!
When David writes about God being his hiding place, he's talking about a spiritual haven and a place of retreat. Nowadays, we would probably call it "having a quiet time with God". In the midst of our busy schedules and especially the hectic lives that we all seem to lead, we all need hiding places and quiet times with the Lord. By taking time to read these Scriptures, devotionals, and prayers, we are taking steps in the right direction.
So, let us find for ourselves a hiding place to be with God today. In those precious moments, we will rediscover His protection and love, His comfort and strength.
Prayer: Almighty God, You know everything about us. You know all our insecurities and fears, our anxieties and troubles. Help us to hide within You, to rediscover our dependence upon You, and to experience renewal in our hearts and souls. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.