Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | April 26, 2015

“You are my hiding place; You preserve me from trouble”

Today’s devotion comes from 1 Samuel Chapter 23.  Here is a link to this chapter – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+Samuel+23&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“14 David stayed in the wilderness in the strongholds, and remained in the hill country in the wilderness of Ziph.  And Saul sought him every day, but God did not deliver him into his hand.

15 Now David became aware that Saul had come out to seek his life while David was in the wilderness of Ziph at Horesh.  16 And Jonathan, Saul’s son, arose and went to David at Horesh, and encouraged him in God.  17 Thus he said to him, “Do not be afraid, because the hand of Saul my father will not find you, and you will be king over Israel and I will be next to you;  and Saul my father knows that also.”  18 So the two of them made a covenant before the Lord;  and David stayed at Horesh while Jonathan went to his house.

19 Then Ziphites came up to Saul at Gibeah, saying, “Is David not hiding with us in the strongholds at Horesh, on the hill of Hachilah, which is on the south of Jeshimon?  20 Now then, O king, come down according to all the desire of your soul to do so;  and our part shall be to surrender him into the king’s hand.”  21 Saul said, “May you be blessed of the Lord, for you have had compassion on me.  22 Go now, make more sure, and investigate and see his place where his haunt is, and who has seen him there;  for I am told that he is very cunning.  23 So look, and learn about all the hiding places where he hides himself and return to me with certainty, and I will go with you;  and if he is in the land, I will search him out among all the thousands of Judah.”

24 Then they arose and went to Ziph before Saul. Now David and his men were in the wilderness of Maon, in the Arabah to the south of Jeshimon.  25 When Saul and his men went to seek him, they told David, and he came down to the rock and stayed in the wilderness of Maon.  And when Saul heard it, he pursued David in the wilderness of Maon.  26 Saul went on one side of the mountain, and David and his men on the other side of the mountain;  and David was hurrying to get away from Saul, for Saul and his men were surrounding David and his men to seize them.  27 But a messenger came to Saul, saying, “Hurry and come, for the Philistines have made a raid on the land.” 28 So Saul returned from pursuing David and went to meet the Philistines;  therefore they called that place the Rock of Escape.  29 David went up from there and stayed in the strongholds of Engedi.”  1 Samuel 23:14-29.

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The wilderness may have provided David with many good hiding places.  David may have even been “very cunning”.  Verse 22.  But, David attributes his success to God, His “hiding place”.

You are my hiding place;  You preserve me from trouble;
You surround me with songs of deliverance. Selah.”  Psalm 32:7.

The Book of Psalms (including the above-stated one) are filled with the praises of David for God’s deliverance.  As another example, my NASB Bible connects Psalm 54 (a section of which is quoted below) to today’s Scripture with the following introduction:  “A Maskil of David, when the Ziphites came and said to Saul, “Is not David hiding himself among us?”

“4 Behold, God is my helper;
The Lord is the sustainer of my soul.
5 He will recompense the evil to my foes;
Destroy them in Your faithfulness.

6 Willingly I will sacrifice to You;
I will give thanks to Your name, O Lord, for it is good.
7 For He has delivered me from all trouble,
And my eye has looked with satisfaction upon my enemies.”  Psalm 54:4-7.

We too have our hiding place.  “For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God.  When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory.”  Colossians 3:4-5.

“20 Come, my people, enter into your rooms
And close your doors behind you;
Hide for a little while
Until indignation runs its course.
21 For behold, the Lord is about to come out from His place
To punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity;
And the earth will reveal her bloodshed
And will no longer cover her slain.”  Isaiah 26:20-21.

Other doctrine would like us to poke our heads out of the hiding place to “see what we are made of” whether of cunning, courage, works, wisdom, or will.

But, Reformed Doctrine will not do so.  God is the “hiding place” of Reformed Doctrine from  “Unconditional Election” through “Preservation of the Saints” (and in between “Limited Atonement” and “Irresistible Grace”) all of “TULIP”, the Five Points of Calvinism, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation.


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