The Hiding Place

There are certain days (weeks?) I wish I could crawl into a cave and stay there. At times like those, I find comfort in the poignant words of this hymn.

The Hiding Place

In a time of trouble, in a time forlorn,
There is a hiding place where hope is born.
In a time of danger, when our faith is proved,
There is a hiding place where we are loved.
There is a hiding place, a strong protective space,
Where God provides the grace to persevere;
For nothing can remove us from the Father’s love,
Tho’ all may change, yet nothing changes here.
In a time of sorrow, in a time of grief,
There is a hiding place to give relief.
In a time of weakness, in a time of fear,
There is a hiding place where God is near.1

Today’s Verse:

Therefore, let everyone who is godly pray to You in a time when You may be found;
Surely in a flood of great waters they will not reach him.
You are my hiding place; You preserve me from trouble;
You surround me with songs of deliverance. (Psalm 32:6–7)

Today’s Prayer:

Lord, today I need your place of refuge . . . my own “hiding place” as I surrender to your will. I ask for . . .
—Strength to persevere (Tell Him all your weaknesses.)
—Hope for my despair (Tell Him all your despairs.)
—Peace in place of fear (Tell Him all your fears.)

  1. From the hymn “The Hiding Place” words and music by Bryan Jeffrey Leech. Copyright © 1973, 1974 by Fred Bock Music Company. All rights reserved. Used by permission.
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Colleen Swindoll Thompson holds a bachelor of arts degree in Communication from Trinity International University as well as minors in psychology and education. Colleen serves as the director of Reframing Ministries at Insight for Living Ministries. From the personal challenges of raising a child with disabilities (her son Jonathan), Colleen offers help, hope, and a good dose of humour through speaking, writing, and counselling those affected by disability. Colleen and her husband, Toban, have five children and reside in Frisco, Texas.