I can remember as a young boy playing game after game of “Hide and Go Seek." We hid in closets, toy boxes, behind doors and inside drawers. The thrill of hearing the seeker brush right by you and not guessing where you were was thrilling.
In the 139th Psalm, David makes it clear that there is no hiding from God. He wrote, “If I ascend to heaven, You are there! If I make my bed in Sheol, You are there! If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there Your right hand shall hold me. If I say, ‘Surely the darkness shall cover me, and the light around me be night,’ even the darkness is not dark to You; the night is as bright as the day, for darkness is as light with You.”
We should never try to hide from God, but we should always try to hide in God. His name, His presence, His shadow, and His word are all places of refuge to the child of God. Solomon wrote, “The name of the Lord is a strong tower. The righteous run to it and are safe,” and David said, “Because You have been my help, therefore in the shadow of Your wings I will rejoice.”
These are not just religious platitudes or wishful thinking. God’s care for His children is real, and His love and protection are practical, tangible things. He hears our prayers, comforts our sorrows, gives us strength in our weakness, and delivers us in all of our troubles. God invites us daily to walk in the light of His presence and to live before the glory of His throne.
Hide and seek is just a kids’ game, but when we hide in God and seek His face, we always and ultimately win in life.