November 24, 2015
1 Samuel 23-Part 3
Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. Ps. 32:7 KJV
LET IT GLOW
I have a room in my house which is my hiding place. There I take my needs and feelings to the Lord. It is the quiet place where I have my morning worship, alone. Although, the Christian radio is on with songs of praise to my Savior. David had his hiding place. Shall we check it out?
David and his men went into the wilderness to hide from Saul because the men of Ziph told Saul where David's location was.
During that time, David wrote Psalm 54, singing unto God:
- Come with great power and rescue me.
- Defend me with Your might.
- Listen to my prayer.
- Pay attention to my plea.
- Strangers are attacking me.
- Violent people are trying to kill me.
- They care nothing for You God.
- Your are my helper
- You, the LORD, keep me alive.
- Turn the evil plans of my enemies against them.
- Put an end to them as You promised.
- I will sacrifice a voluntary offering to you.
- I will praise your name for it is good, O LORD.
- You have rescued me from troubles.
- You have helped me to triumph over my enemies.
LET IT GROW
Now back to 1 Samuel 22. Saul sent the men of Ziph to check again to make sure where David was staying, who has seen him there, for he is very crafty. Discover his hiding places, then come back when you are sure. If David is in the area, I'll track him down, even if I have to search every hiding place. The men returned home to Ziph.
Many ravines and caves are found in this rugged region which David used as a place of refuge from Saul. There was wilderness surrounding Ziph, which was located four miles south of Hebron. (MacArthur)
In verse 23, The King James Version uses the wording lurking place, which refers to a refuge, hiding place, in the Hebrew language.
David mentions his hiding place was in God, a shelter from trouble when the enemy compasses us about. It is found in Psalms 27:5; 31:20; 32:7; 119:114; 143:9. (Falwell)
Do we have a hiding place where we meet daily with our heavenly Father? I'm talking about a place where we sing His praises, read His Word, and pray in privacy? Is that where we run when our enemy compasses about us? He is always found when we seek Him.
David was not afraid to come to God and express his true feelings and needs. Be honest and straightforward with God. (Life Application Study Bible)
LET IT GO
Whatever I depend upon as my refuge, that is other than God, get rid of it.
Share my true feelings and needs in my hiding place with Him.
Make only God my refuge.
Sing about my deliverance by God.