Where Do You Hide When Troubles Come?

Where Do You Hide When Troubles Come?

For he will conceal me there when troubles come;
he will hide me in his sanctuary.
He will place me out of reach on a high rock.

{PSALM 27:5}

Hearing the news had left me numb as statistics poured in about the casualties. My mind reeled seeing the list of names and locations where the victims were from. Each name was more than a face in the headlines; they were somebody’’s someone. We want to grieve, but the only response we can seem to manage is to shake our heads in disbelief.

Every week a new storm sweeps through a different community as troubles swirl ‘round us and we brace ourselves for more bad news. We are getting good at finding ways to cope, to push back in anger and point the finger. And maybe we have forgotten that we have a real enemy, the devil, who wants nothing more than to destroy our hope, kill our joy and dismantle our unity, while stealing our sanity along with it.

The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid? (Ps 27:1)

But God…our rock and redeemer. He has come that we might have life more abundant. How can this even be? He gave his own Son to die so that we might live. He arose right up from the grave so we may find our life in Him! When evil surrounds us, where can we run and hide? Run to God our rock—for our Redeemer lives! We hide ourselves in His promises because every one of them is “yes” and “amen” in Christ Jesus.

The one thing I ask of the Lord—the thing I seek most—is to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, delighting in the Lord’s perfections and meditating in his Temple. (Ps 27:4)

In his commentary on Psalm 27, Jon Corson asks this simple question: What is the one thing that you desire? If you are honest, not just saying what you think is the right answer, but in what you are facing right now—what is it that you need? What is the one thing that you desire? Bring it to the Lord in prayer right now; let Him be your rock in times of trouble.



Read the verse of the day:  PSALM 27:5


Look up today’s verse and read the context of the chapter. Have a pen and paper ready.

  1. Write down the Bible verse.
  2. Find the key word and circle it.
  3. Look up the definition of the word (notice how it is used in context).
  4. If you are reading from a different translation of the Bible, which word is used instead?
  5. Underline where you find a promise. Find the heart of this verse and mark it with a heart shape.

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What does this verse reveal about God’s heart? How does this truth refresh your soul? Turn this into your prayer today.

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