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You Are My Hiding Place

Scripture References

Further Reflections on Scripture References

This is a lovely piecing together of segments from Psalms 31, 32, and 56. The heart of the text is this simple prayer: “I will trust in you.” We don’t often speak of God as our hiding place, but it’s a beautiful image. Think of a child’s secret corner of the house, or the safe zone in a game of tag: “You can’t get me here. Here I’m safe.” The text also speaks, like Zephaniah 3:17, of God’s surrounding us with songs. Singing these words implies that we need to hide, to be sung over, that we are strong only in the admission of our weakness. This is a potent cultural antidote for North Americans. 

 

Sing! A New Creation

Confessions and Statements of Faith References

Further Reflections on Confessions and Statements of Faith References

Difficult times occur in the lives and communities of God’s people because this is a fallen world. The confessions demonstrate this perspective:

  • Belgic Confession, Article 15 teaches that “…by the disobedience of Adam original sin has been spread through the whole human race…a corruption of the whole human nature...” As a result, God’s people are “guilty and subject to physical and spiritual death, having become wicked, perverse, and corrupt in all [our] ways” (Article 14). In addition, “The devils and evil spirits are so corrupt that they are enemies of God and of everything good. They lie in wait for the church and every member of it like thieves, with all their power, to destroy and spoil everything by their deceptions” (Article 12).
  • Our World Belongs to God continues to affirm that “God has not abandoned the work of his hands,” nevertheless “our world, fallen into sin, has lost its first goodness...” (paragraph 4). And now “all spheres of life—family and friendship, work and worship school and state, play and art—bear the wounds of our rebellion” (paragraph 16).

Yet, in a fallen world, God’s providential care is the source of great assurance, comfort and strength. Through these thoughts, our trust in God is inspired.

  • Belgic Confession, Article 13 is a reminder that God’s providence reassures us that God leads and governs all in this world “according to his holy will…nothing happens in this world without his orderly arrangement.” Further, this Confession identifies that this “gives us unspeakable comfort since it teaches us that nothing can happen to us by chance but only by the arrangement of our gracious heavenly Father, who watches over us with fatherly care...in this thought we rest.”
  • Belgic Confession, Article 13, is a reminder that much is beyond human understanding and so “we do not wish to inquire with undue curiosity into what God does that surpasses human understanding and is beyond our ability to comprehend.”
  • In Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 9, Question and Answer 26 we testify that we “trust God so much that [we] do not doubt that he will provide whatever [we] need for body and soul and will turn to [our] good whatever adversity he sends upon [us] in this sad world.”
  • In Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 10, Question and Answer 28, we are assured that through our trust in the providence of God we can have “good confidence in our faithful God and Father that nothing in creation will separate us from his love.”
  • When we pray the Lord’s Prayer we ask not to be brought into the time of trial but rescued from evil. In doing so we ask that the Lord will “uphold us and make us strong with the strength of your Holy Spirit so that we may not go down to defeat in this spiritual struggle...” (Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 52, Question and Answer 127)

Belgic Confession, Article 26 speaks about the intercession of Christ as the ascended Lord. “We have no access to God except through the one and only Mediator and Intercessor, Jesus Christ the Righteous.” We, therefore, do not offer our prayers as though saints could be our intercessor, nor do we offer them on the “basis of our own dignity but only on the basis of the excellence and dignity of Jesus Christ, whose righteousness is ours by faith.” Because Jesus Christ is our sympathetic High Priest, we approach the throne “in full assurance of faith.”

 

No greater assurance can be found than that expressed in Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 1, Question and Answer 1: “I am not my own by I belong—body and soul, in life and in death—to my faithful Savior, Jesus Christ.”

 
In all difficult times, we eagerly await the final day when God “will set all things right, judge evil, and condemn the wicked” (Our World Belongs to God, paragraph 57).

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Introductory/Framing Text

After a painful separation from his wife of over a decade, Michael Ledner was sitting in his rented apartment doing what he did best: song-writing. With the Scriptures open before him, he came across Psalm 32:7, "You are my hiding place." He then remembered Psalm 56:3, "When I am afraid I will trust in you." He put the two ideas together, and within two hours had a song written. Thinking, "Oh, that’s a nice song," he shared it with a few friends, but then put it on the shelf for a year, thinking the language was kind of corny. But after many months of hiding his song away, he shared it with more people, and soon it was being sung in congregations around the country. Ledner notes that rather than being corny, the words in fact seem to be exactly what many people need to sing.
— Phil Christensen & Shari MacDonald

Additional Prayers

God of grace,
when we keep silence in guilt or suffering, your saving love can free our hearts to sing.
Help us each day to confess our sin, receive your grace,
forgive one another, and live in peace.
We pray in the name of the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.
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Tune Information

Name
HIDING PLACE
Key
a minor

Musical Suggestion

Each of the two parts of this song has a haunting melodic motif. Sing them separately, then simultaneously, dividing the congregation (or congregation and choir) into two groups; don’t be afraid to repeat the whole thing. Use a piano or a pair of guitars (perhaps a 12-string to strum and another guitar to finger-pick) to arpeggiate the harmony. The tempo can remain fairly steady. It is effective to end the song with a ritard as the two parts are woven back together in a final unison on “I will trust in you.”
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Author and Composer Information

Michael Ledner (b. 1952) has used songwriting as a creative outlet since his teens. He married his highschool sweetheart at age 18, he and his wife divorced after a decade. Afterwards, Ledner travelled with the Liberated Wailing Wall, a music touring group with Jews for Jesus. He studied at Multnomah Bible College and Seminary and became a pastor. He is currently the pastor at Foursquare Gospel Church in Scottsdale, Arizona, and is celebrating over a decade of marriage with his second wife, Lylah.
— Phil Christensen & Shari MacDonald
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