One of the songs on the new record is You Are My Hiding Place/When My Heart Is Afraid Medley aka Hiding Place. Verses and arrangement are mine but the chorus was written by Michael James Ledner in the 1980’s. It’s based on Psalm 32:7: You are a hiding place for me; you preserve me from trouble; you surround me with songs of deliverance. Selah
I stumbled across something Michael wrote about his song and it has changed the way I read the Psalms. I can’t seem to find it right now but he said something like this…
When we think of our hiding place being a person and not a place, it changes our perspective.
Jesus doesn’t always snatch us out of the battle but he is an “ever present” place for us to hide in the midst of it. He preserves us.
Definition of preserve:
- to keep safe from injury, harm, or destruction : protect
- to keep alive, intact, or free from decay
When David, a warrior King wrote things like, “you are my shield” he was saying: you are my protection in the midst of the battle. Think about how bloody and awful and terrifying those battles would have been? And yet, David says, “YOU are my hiding place and my shield.” He didn’t expect to be delivered from the war he expected provision and protection while it continued.
When the war is raging around us—whatever that war may be—we can be confident in our God. His presence will be with us, he will shield us from the enemy. David says God is our peace, strength, song, fortress, hope, light, and our salvation . . .
Next time you read the Psalms think about that… and remember the battle is the Lord’s. We’re just participating in it.