I have decided that I will occasionally write about the You Version Bible app’s “Verse of the Day”. Sometimes just reading or hearing a particular passage of scripture can be a nonchalant activity that we do daily. I humbly admit I am guilty of this. As believers in the Jewish Messiah, Yeshua, we have an obligation, not only to ourselves, but also to each other, to discuss and meditate on the Word of the living God. This is so that we can all cultivate the soil of our hearts and encourage healthy growth of the seed that is planted.
“You are my refuge and my shield. I have put my hope in Your Word.”
[Though it’s not solidified that David wrote this particular psalm; it is widely believed he did due to the content therein. I will write my article based on that common belief]
There’s nothing like reading the Psalms of King David. He was a man before his time, it seems, because he was advanced in his understanding of his place in God like none other before him. In his psalms, it is beyond apparent that David lived a transparent lifestyle before God. He didn’t hide behind the tradition of law waiting for the next blood atonement sacrifice to be made in order for him to pursue repentance and forgiveness from God. He didn’t rely on the Torah to be his deliverance. He put that trust in the Law Giver Himself. He trusted in the heart God gave him.
The word refuge in this translation isn’t my favorite. The Hebrew word (סתר – “sah-tehr”) is best translated as “hiding place”. Some bible translations get this correct.
It’s hard not to equate “hiding place” to a childhood memory of playing hide and seek. We would cover ourselves under bedsheets, or bury deep into a messy closet, or even empty out a cabinet in the kitchen. Either way, the concept ultimately is not to be found by whoever is seeking you. Though this meaning may have relevance to what is being said in this verse, it doesn’t exactly paint the proper picture of its richest meaning.
To hide in The Lord is to be enveloped in His presence as if it were a cloak of identity. Colossians 3:3 says, “for you died, and your life is hidden in Messiah who is in God”. In essence, if we live in the order we are purposed to, we can become absorbed into His identity. We no longer bear our name, but His. The revelation of this can render the Accuser powerless towards us in what he does. If we are hidden in Messiah, the Accuser can’t approach us to accuse. All he can see is Yeshua the Messiah whom has already defeated him, and the innocence emanating from His being. There is NOTHING to accuse.
Unfortunately, it must be iterated that we of course are not hidden in Him if we live whatever way we please. There are boundaries. But is this not the Grace of God?? He doesn’t leave us ignorant of His expectations of us. We have instructions in Torah and the Ten Commandments that guide us into His identity. Hallelujah!
Let us be hidden together in Messiah. Let us be shrouded in His name so that it is all that can be seen and heard. He deserves nothing less from us! Amen!
-From Death To Life