The Hiding Place

Hide and Seek, one of the greatest games of all time. I can remember countless hours of playing this game with my siblings, cousins, and friends. And still today, I watch my kids enjoying this game as well. The difference between then and now is, my kids have forty acres, a trained German Shorthair they cheat with, and a four-wheeler to navigate on; I had a bicycle and a small yard. Their hiding places are endless; mine were limited. And if you ever found a great place to hide, you wouldn’t dare tell anyone because then everyone would use it.

As I was pondering this thought of the hiding place, I also thought back to my youngest brother Lane. I used to love the Scream films. They were horror films, but I had an odd love for horror films growing up. I know. Why? Not sure, but I did. So being the great sister I am, I would let him watch these films with me. I was almost seventeen when he was born, so at age two he’s watching Scream with me. What was I thinking? Poor kid, it’s a wonder it didn’t rot his brain. Anyways, as Lane and I would watch “the scream”, as he called it, he would hide his face under the covers every time the masked man would appear. He hid until I promised it was over. He found the sheets to be his hiding place; Lane’s safe place from the scream.

Isn’t this you and I? Chaos breaks loose in our lives, and we frantically try and find a hiding place, a safe place to turn. I think it’s natural. When you hear tornado sirens, you (hopefully) don’t wait on your front porch to greet it, but you run to your basement or bathroom, a hiding place from the storm. It is inevitable you will face some chaos in your life. Hard times, hurt, and painful experiences will come, and you will want a hiding place, a safe place to gain strength and get your bearings. I encourage you to have a hiding place, but my encouragement begs the question: where is your hiding place?

I recently went through a situation that knocked the breath out of me, spiritually speaking. I needed a safe place to catch my breath, regroup my thoughts, and rest for a moment. I needed refuge from the storm that life had brought me. And as I began to write to you, God caused me to remember David and the cave of Adullam in 1 Samuel.

So David left Gath and took refuge in the cave of Adullam. When David’s brothers and his father’s whole family heard, they went down and joined him there. In addition, every man who was desperate, in debt, or discontented rallied around him, and he became their leader. About four hundred men were with him. 1 Samuel 22:1-2

So a little back-story, David was on the run from Saul. Saul was jealous of David and wanted to see him dead. So David, in the midst of a lousy situation, sought a hiding place. Notice that when others heard, nearly 400 men who needed a hiding place joined him. The cave was a place where a bunch of broken men gathered to recover, catch their breath and regroup. So what is so special about this cave, you ask? Absolutely nothing. It wasn’t the cave that rescued David, but the Lord he took refuge in. David wrote both, Psalm 57 and 147, while in the cave of Adullam. Let’s look at some of those thoughts he penned.

Have mercy on me, my God, have mercy on me, for in you I take refuge. I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings until the disaster has passed. I cry out to God Most High, to God, who vindicates me. He sends from heaven and saves me, rebuking those who hotly pursue me- God sends forth his love and his faithfulness. Ps 57:1-3

Praise the Lord. How good it is to sing praises to our God, how pleasant and fitting to praise him! The Lord builds up Jerusalem; he gathers the exiles of Israel. He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. He determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name. Great is our Lord and mighty in power; his understanding has no limit. The Lord sustains the humble but casts the wicked to the ground. Ps 147:1-6

David may have found a cave to hide in, but he took refuge in God. I don’t pretend to understand what you may be going through, but no matter how small or how significant, God is the perfect hiding place. Often we want to run to relationships, shopping sprees, alcohol, drugs or other empty places for refuge when life beats us down. I encourage you today; Run to Jesus. He endured the Cross to save you, to make you whole and holy. If you need a place to hide, hide in the Almighty.

You are my hiding place; you protect me from trouble. You surround me with joyful shouts of deliverance.  Psalm 32:7

 

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