Hiding in God by Mark D. Roberts

Posted: November 1, 2011 in The High Calling

Those who live in the shelter of the Most High
will find rest in the
shadow of the Almighty.

When I was a boy, I loved playing “Hide and Seek.” Little made me happier
than when I found the perfect hiding place, a secure enclave where no “seeker”
would ever find me.

In a way, Psalm 91 envisions such a hiding place. Our translation reads,
“Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of
the Almighty.” The word translated here as
“shelter” (seter in Hebrew) is sometimes used in the
Bible when people are literally hiding. For example, when King Saul tells his
son Jonathan that he plans to kill David (Jonathan’s friend), Jonathan warns
David, “Tomorrow morning…you must find a hiding [seter] place out in the fields.”
Psalm 91, therefore, begins by envisioning God as a hiding place, a place of
safety and security, a place hidden from danger and harm.

Life is filled with challenges and dangers, with failures and tragedies. We
who live this life in relationship with God are not immune to suffering. I
think, for example, of friends who have recently lost loved ones. They are
grieving even in the midst of their gladness for what their friends and family
members now experience with the Lord. Yet my friends are able to take their
grief to God, to share it with him in the safety of his presence. They find
reassurance, not only in the fact of God’s protection, but also in the reality
of his comfort and love. In him they find rest for their souls. They are,
indeed, hiding in God.

QUESTIONS FOR FURTHER REFLECTION: Have there been times in
your life when you have hidden in God? When? How did it feel? What helps you to
find shelter in God’s presence? What makes it hard to believe that God is a
hiding place for you?

PRAYER: Gracious God, how I thank you for being my hiding
place, my place of safety and security. In you I find rest, even in the midst of
life’s turmoils and troubles.

Yet, sometimes I fail to hide in you, Lord, preferring to put confidence in
my own strength and cleverness. Inevitably, though, I experience my own
inadequacy. Forgive me, Lord, when I try to make it through life on my own.

Help me to turn to you in all times and situations, especially when I feel
threatened or sorrowful.

Help me to trust you more, to experience your safety and comfort.

Today, Lord, I want to pray especially for those who need your shelter. So
hear my prayers for…

All praise be to you, Most High God, my shelter, my hiding place.
Amen.

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  2. Maggie L R says:

    God is my new hiding place. For many years I looked for hiding places, I needed safety from my fears, God has healed my heart and I am no longer afraid. He is the best hiding place, His arms are a place of love, and safety.

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