Psalm 27:5 (NKJV) For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion; in the secret place of His tabernacle He shall hide me; He shall set me high upon a rock.
The desire to isolate is common in depression. You may not have any particular reason to hide, yet you just don’t feel like seeing people. When you receive an invitation to socialize, you find yourself thinking of how you could get out of accepting. It isn’t necessarily that you don’t like people—it’s just less work to stay at home and not bother going out. In general, everything is an effort—including making conversation.
Have you ever thought of being in a secret place wherever you are? Psalm 27:5 suggests such a concept. The words are about being hidden in a secret place of a pavilion or in a tabernacle, but also being set high upon a rock where nothing could get to you. It was written by David.
Much of David’s life was spent hiding. He had enemies who wanted to kill him and sometimes he was very discouraged with his circumstances. David often wrote of being surrounded by enemies who wanted to kill him—yet he knew he was hidden by the Lord.
God could have provided David with a physical shelter in the midst of his enemies, or He may have confused David’s enemies so that they weren’t able to see him. God can do anything, so it wouldn’t have been too hard for Him to hide David or make him invisible. Whatever the case —David was safe.
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David didn’t always know God was hiding him. In some of his earlier battles, he claimed he was terrified. He wouldn’t have expressed fear if he was sure the Lord was protecting him. ‘Being hidden by God,’ was something David had to learn from experience.
The only way God could teach David that He had the power to hide him, was to create real scenarios where David would have to make the decision not to fear—in spite of terrific odds against him.
As David was faced with powerful conflicts that were impossible in human terms, he learned to trust the even more powerful protection of the Lord. At times, God literally fought for David, and other times, He caused David to be supernaturally strong.
David was always careful to thank the Lord for His lovingkindness. In Psalm 63, David was in the wilderness of Judah. He was searching for God and was longing for His presence in a dry and thirsty land, where there was no water. David was isolated in the wilderness because others were seeking his life to destroy it.
Some people hide by choice—David was hiding because he had no choice.
Even in this forsaken desert place, David declared that the lovingkindness of the Lord was better than life. He was determined that his lips would praise God as long as he lived. He would not only praise the Lord with his mouth, but he would lift up his hands in the Name of the Lord. He declared that his soul was satisfied and that he was joyful.
In the moment of David’s most desperate circumstances—he thought about the Lord. David also remembered the Lord on his bed and meditated on the Lord in the night watches.
Because the Lord had helped him in the past, David was able to recognize God as his constant help. He knew that the safest place he could be was in the Lord’s shadow—close enough for the Lord to hold him up with his right hand.
When we are in a place of physical or emotional despair, it’s good to recall the times when God has helped us in the past. It’s also good to be reminded of others who the Lord helped in their times of need, like David.
Whatever your circumstances are, the Lord is able to hide you and help you. Whether you are unwillingly in the middle of a throng of people—or alone in your room—He is there for you. His invisible presence is able to strengthen you to go places you don’t want to go and be with people you don’t want to be with.
The presence of the Lord is very desirable. When you are close to Him, He goes where you go. Nothing can harm you and no one can stand against you.
Declaration: I will find new strength by hiding in the Lord.
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