Our hiding place
Thoughts from Psalms 11 & 12 in the Passion Translation
These two Psalms were written by David. He is still continuing to have threats against him. His friends offer him advice to flee, but David knows that advice is not godly. He knows that is not what God is wanting from him. David has made God his Hiding Place (vs. 2), so he knows that he is safe. Is God your Hiding Place?
How to make God your Hiding Place
1. Choose your friends wisely.
Sometimes as women we can feel very alone just like David does throughout these chapters. During these times, know that you should turn to God first. David knew that and sought God even before his friends. Do you go to God first or to your friends first? Be careful with the advice you accept from your friends, but also be careful with the advice you give to friends. I am not saying to not have friends. The Bible is full of stories of friendships. Just be careful who you choose to be your friends. Proverbs 12:26: The righteous choose their friends carefully, but the way of the wicked leads them astray. (NIV) Who you do life with can determine a lot about your life. Pastor Rick Burke always said, “When God wants to do something in your life, He’ll send someone into your life. But when the devil wants to do something in your life, he’ll also send someone into your life.” Put God first and make Him your Hiding Place. God will send friends into your life that are the right friends. These friends can help build you up, help you to remain strong, and trust God during the difficult times in your life. Godly friends can help each other succeed (Ecc. 4:9), they can sharpen each other (Prov. 27:17), and they can help you become wise (Prov.19:20).
2. Live a righteous life.
God loves for us to be righteous in our living (Ps. 11:7). We don’t earn God’s love, but our pursuit and practice of being righteous keeps us flowing in the benefits of God’s love. David felt like no one around him was doing right. Everyone around him was lying, deceiving, gossiping (Ps. 12:2), but he knew he belonged to God and he remained firm. Galatians 6:9 tells us do not get tired of doing good. Act right no matter what is going on around you.
Benefits of God being your Hiding Place
- God will rescue you and protect you. Ps. 12:5: But the Lord says, “Now I will arise!” God is working for us and will protect us when He is our Hiding Place. God will stick by you and protect you from evil (2 Thes. 3:3).
- God is faithful. (Psalm 12:6) No matter what is going on in your life God will be faithful and His promises are true. Even when we are faithless, God is faithful (2 Tim. 2:13). When we are tempted, God will always be there to get us through (1 Cor. 10:13).
- God will lift you up (Psalm 12:8). God is always there in our lives to lift us up! When we are righteous and God is our Hiding Place, no matter how many times we fall we will rise again (Prov. 24:16).
Pray this today:
Lord, I want You to be my Hiding Place just like You were for David. Help me to seek You above all others in my life. You are the one I desire about everything. Help me to have godly friends in my life who lift me up and who I can lift up. Help me to live a righteous life and stay firm in You no matter what the people around me are doing. I trust that Your way is good, and I will live how You want me to. Thank You that you rescue me and protect me no matter what. Lord, You are faithful and I know that You will rise and help me to rise above all situations. Thank You for the faithfulness that You have shown in my life and that You will continue to show. Lord, You are my Hiding Place all of my days! Amen