The other day I was reflecting on Psalm 32:7 which says:
" You are my hiding place, you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance. Selah."
When I am lonely or afraid the Bible encourages me to hide in the Lord. As a single woman who has never been married there are times when I feel very lonely and afraid. Not because I don't have any family or friends but because I don't have the assurance of knowing there will be a man in my life who will watch over me.
And then I realize that even if I were married, that doesn't mean my husband would always be around for me. No one can fill my loneliness or sooth all my fears but God. Its true that I may never marry and have the security of being cared for by a husband but God has provided for all my needs so far. I have no reason to believe He will stop.
God reminded me that sometimes it is necessary to spend extra time with Him and to "hide" my heart in His hands. I find myself recommitting my life, my future, and my desires to Him during those times. And when I do he reveals His truth to me in new ways.
For instance, God made a point of showing me recently that sometimes hidden things are meant to be that way by design. Just like a secret room is meant to be hidden. Just like a smartphone hides all of its sensitive inner parts between its outer shell.
Hiddeness, when understood and used correctly, can actually improve our lives. It can protect, restore, inspire, and enhance who and what we are.
I say this because we tend to think that hiding ourselves is a negative thing. I suppose in one sense this is true because we tend to hide from danger. But at the same time we can also think of hiding ourselves as an excuse to not engage with the world around us. It could be seen as a sign of weakness by others.
Of course there needs to be a balance. But at least for me, hiding myself is not easy. I tend to try and work things out by myself. I mean our culture is all about self sufficiency. Society prizes the individuals who don't need to lean on anyone's shoulder.
I think this is sad. I think this is wrong. I think this because it fosters pride in self. It proclaims that self sufficient individuals don't need anyone or anything. We are our own god. How wicked that thinking can be. In fact it was the very thing Satan believed of himself before his fall from glory.
God is teaching me that I was meant to remain hidden in Him. This was His design for me and all of His children.
" For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God."
~ Colossians 3:3
When I have difficult days I try to surround myself with things that remind me of God and His goodness to me. Things like music. Below is a song entitled, You Are My Hiding Place. Its a new spin on a well-known worship song. This version is performed by Chill Cafe and is from their album, Hiding Place. May it be a blessing to you today.