You are my hiding place; you protect me from distress. You surround me with shouts of joy from those celebrating deliverance. (Selah)
[Ps 32:7 NET]
God is a hiding-place from all sorts of dangers. He is a hiding-place from sin. His mercy is an eternal refuge. “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus.”
God is a refuge from trouble. “God had one Son without sin–but he has none without sorrow.” Where shall we go to get away from sorrow? There is no place on earth into which it never enters, no Eden bower, no Paradise, where grief never, comes. But there is a hiding-place to which sorrowing ones can flee, and where they will find comfort that shall give them peace. “In the world you shall have troubles; in Me you shall have peace,” said Jesus. The sorrow may not be shut out–but the divine peace comes into the heart and calms it. Sorrow is seen then, as God’s messenger of love, sent by him on some good errand, and is accepted in faith. So in the pain and loss–there is no more fear. The sufferer has found a hiding-place in God.
God is a hiding-place from danger. In the wildest terrors and alarms–we can run to Him, and, lying down in his bosom, be safe. A Christian sailor said that even if his ship went down into the sea–he would be safe; for God holds the waters in the hollow of his hand, and he would only fall into his Father’s hand.