I was just recently writing a story about the Holocaust based on the life of Corrie ten Boom. I remember reading the Hiding Place as a girl, and seeing the movie, but as an adult having much more appreciation for the testimony. I realized I have a hiding place of my own. let’s look at the verse.
For you are my hiding place, you protect me from trouble. You surround me with songs of victory. Psalm 32:7, a lot of translations say deliverance. And that is good also, for it is Jesus who rejoices over you with singing and quiets you with His love. Zephaniah 3:17, and He does too, I sing myself out of a lot of places with praise, or just the quiet peace of Amazing Grace. How sweet is the sound of it. He is our hiding place and sings over us to deliver us and quiet us, what could be better than that?
And the icing on the proverbial cake is that He quiets us with His love. How wonderful is the sound of peace and quiet, the silence in a noisy and chaotic world and that can just be your house at times. I urge you to find your prayer closet. A war room is fine but I prefer that I am still and He fights the battles that would lose, and be wearied in. Exodus 14:14 says to do just that.
And while we are talking about hiding places, let’s not fail to mention the secret place of the Most High that we abide in. That place is Jesus and we are under His wing, referring to the cherubs on the mercy seat of the temple, there was singing at the temple, even day and night, and the shadow of the Ark of the Covenant could be seen as it was lit by the menorahs and cast on the tent. They could not enter the holy of holies, and the high priest only once a year, and even he had a cord tied to his ankle in case he died in the presence of God.
Jesus is our mercy seat and by His grace and the Spirit, we can have access, as a believer. And He is our secret place and we dwell in Him and He in us if we keep His commandment to love and not allow His words to be stolen from our hearts. He is Wonderful, one of His prophetic names, did you know He appeared to Manoah’s wife. Hazeleponi, as the Angel of the Lord? Though she is not named in the Word, that is her traditional name.
When she and her husband asked His name. He answered why did they want to know seeing it was secret, which can translate to wonderful. Isn’t that great? Jesus is our secret place, our hiding place, our refuge and rock. He is the shelter from the storms and winds that are real and the demonic ones that are like the one on sea of Gennesaret.
Feeling like hiding? You have a hiding place in Jesus. And your hiding place is in you by the Spirit, it is as close as the mercy seat of your heart, as a believer. See why you have the kingdom of God in you. Find your secret place, your hiding place and let Him be your Ark, and surround you with songs of His deliverance and victory.
Find your prayer closet, I had a special place that no longer have access to but it was turning point, where I found healing and refuge. But I find my secret place in Jesus and in my heart. I can find a quiet place to sit and read or write, rest or sing my troubles away, and sometimes, I admit, it is not always quiet but I have to pray anyway.
Corrie ten Boom was in a concentration camp but had smuggled in a Bible, and after being forced to work, she and her sister would read and many women there came to find Jesus as Lord. Psalm 139 asks where can we go that we could escape His Spirit, even in hell, He was there.
While our situations are probably not that dire it may feel just as oppressive. I want you to know how much He cares and that He is the secret place and the hiding place, our deliverance and victory.
Corrie ten Boom’s book is the Hiding place, and also the movie, another one was released in 2013, which I haven’t seen. Her sister died in the camp and she was released on a clerical error, while the other women with her sent to the gas chambers. She would later meet and forgive a Nazi guard who had been saved.