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The following is an article I posted 2 years ago this month. I was still trying to make sense out of a situation that still makes no sense 2 years later – and at that time I was still thinking that it would. Instead – 2 years later I now know that time isn’t always an accurate measurement of understanding – nor is it a rite of passage. It is simply a journey we all must take – and what we do with the lessons along the way determines our joy or sorrow for the future. If you are like me and have had setbacks in your life – or things happen that you did not fully understand – have ever questioned God or felt like you didn’t deserve things that transpired at the hand of another – then you will know what I felt like when I wrote this article. My prayer is that it will bless and encourage your heart today.
Have you ever felt like you needed a “Hiding Place”?
What event in your past changed the way you look at life now?
“The Sovereign LORD is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to go on the heights. For the director of music. On my stringed instruments.”
When I read the above scripture – I was moved. I am a musician and have the heart and soul of an artist. I am also told I am a “sanguine” deep and emotional – and while I can be the life of the party, I prefer being alone or being with a close friend – am very sentimental and easily wounded and sensitive. I have always understood that I view the world a little differently than others do. I am an “audio” learner – and even more – my friend John recently corrected me – I am a “kinesthetic” learner – which means I not only hear the music – but I get inside of it and breathe it in – and wrap it around me like a blanket and it becomes a part of me.
So the psalms and other scriptures about music and musicians really speak to me. David was also a musician and I love the poetic way in which he writes – and many of the psalms were set to music back then – and even today we are still doing this. There is something about the “artist” who is able to put the right spin on words to express and communicate a thought and paint a beautiful picture. David really felt what he wrote and expressed – was deeply hurt, moved and lived life to the fullest. I can appreciate his take on his journey through good and bad times – how he cried out to God and how sometimes he was just lost and didn’t know if God really heard – or cared. I believe that even though he sometimes didn’t understand – he had a habit of going to God and pouring his heart out. He knew where his safe “hiding place” was – away from the world of betrayal and hurt – away from his enemies who tried to destroy him – away from the prying eyes of those who would later come to judge him for his sin.
I have found a safe place in God’s presence – it is a place where I go to regain my sanity amidst a world gone mad – friends who are not friends anymore – and those who would judge my heart without knowing my heart. And I find new purpose and resolve after being in this “hiding place” of mine. And I find that I can make it after all.
Below is a beautiful music video based on a favorite Psalm of mine. Enjoy – and allow God’s sweet spirit to penetrate into your secret “hiding place” Allow Him to be that for you today. He is trustworthy and dependable. He will keep you safe.