“Thou art my hiding place and my shield: I hope in Thy word.” ~ Psalm 119:114
What does it mean for God to be our hiding place, and shield? What does it mean for God to be our refuge and our protector?
It is easy to call on God to keep us safe. It is easy to claim that God is our defender. But what is a person under God’s watch-care like? How do they live? What is the evidence that proves they are truly part of The Great Shepherd’s flock?
Our text gives us the answer: “…I hope in Thy word”.
It isn’t the sounds of our bleating that identify us as being part of The Great Shepherd’s flock. Rather, it is our attitude and our obedience to His Word that mark us as being in His care.
Jesus put it this way:
“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me”John 10:27
In other words, those in the care of The Great Shepherd, those who truly find in Him a hiding place, those for whom He is a shield, are those who HEAR His Word (voice) and OBEY (follow) His Word. Or, as our text says, those who can truly say, “…I hope in Thy word”.
To hope in God’s Word is to look to God’s Word for the solutions, for the answers, on how to live our lives. To hope in God’s Word is to recognize that ONLY God’s word has the answers, that our hope is in nothing else. And, as faith is evidenced in works (James 2:17-26), likewise, our hope in God’s Word is proven by our obedience to God’s Word.
We can’t legitimately call on God to hide and shield us if we won’t listen to Him or obey Him.