Safe in Our Hiding Place
In August, I was invited to be a member of a delegation of evangelical Christians that traveled to Jerusalem to show our solidarity with Israel. One of the most memorable experiences I had while there took place south of Ashkelon, in a farming community on the Gaza border. The cease fire between Hamas and Israel had ended the first night I was in Jerusalem, so hostilities were in full swing the next day when I visited the border region. Three times while I was there, the sirens sounded, and I had less than 15 seconds to get into a bomb shelter. One missile attack ended harmlessly. Another one took out the house of our guide while he was leading us on tour. And another one was intercepted by the Iron Dome. We were able to witness the impact of the Israeli defense system as it intercepted the Hamas incoming missile. The sight was deceptive in that what looked like a white puffy cloud in the cobalt blue sky above us was in fact the explosion of an airborne bomb.
While meeting in a large bunker with the security team of the farming community, I read out loud Psalm 91. Those of us gathered around the table could almost hear God audibly speaking as He reassured everyone present that when we place our trust in Him, He Himself is our refuge. We are safe in Our Hiding Place.
Read Psalm 91
We Have His Presence 91:1-2
- What four words in these two verses are used to describe Our Hiding Place?
- Look up each word in the dictionary, and write out the definition. What does each one mean to you?
- What three conditions need to be met in order to experience His Presence in Our Hiding Place? Have you met these conditions?
- What phrases from each of the following verses confirm that God Himself is Our Hiding Place? Deuteronomy 33:27; 2 Samuel 22:3; Psalm 46:1.
- What difference does His presence make when our world unravels? Give phrases from Psalm 46.
- Give the three pronouns in vs.1-2 that emphasize the Psalmist’s personal relationship to God. On what basis can you make the same claim today?
We Have His Protection 91: 3-4
- What two things does God save us from? vs.3-4 Give a contemporary application for each.
- When He is Our Hiding Place, what are some other dangers He protects us from? 2 Samuel 22:3; Psalm 31:4.
- What descriptive phrase emphasizes that the protection God gives is very personal to Him and to us? v.4; Matthew 23:37
- What object is used to describe God’s protection in v.4?
- In what practical way does a shield act as protection to the person behind it? How effective is the protection of a shield if a person steps out from behind it? Why is it critical to not allow any distance between the shield and the person being protected by it?
- What does it mean to you that God Himself is your shield? Genesis 15:1; Deuteronomy 33:12, 29; Psalm 3:3.
- Explain Ephesians 6:16 in your own words.
- Based on these verses, how protected are you?
We Have His Peace 91:5-6
- In what four situations does Our Hiding Place provide peace? vs.5-6
- Is there any reason to lose a good night’s sleep because of fear or worry? Psalm 4:8; Philippians 4:6-7
- What descriptions are used of Our Hiding Place in Psalm 27:1-6?
- Give the phrases in Psalm 27:1-6 that describe the dangerous situations in which we can have peace. Apply each one to a situation you have experienced previously, one you may encounter in the future, or to the world today.
- What insight about His peace do we have from Isaiah 9:6-7, 26:3, 32:17; John 14:27, 16:33; Galatians 1:3; Philippians 4:6-7?
We Have His Perspective 91:7-8
- Write out in your own words the perspective of one who is safely inside Our Hiding Place when trouble surrounds us.
- What phrase in v.8 indicates that no one will get by with their evil actions?
- How is this confirmed by Psalm 37:8-13; Isaiah 48:22; Matthew 25:44-46; 2 Peter 2:9; Jude 1:7; Romans 12:17-19?
- What unique perspective did the prophet Elisha give to his servant in 2 Kings 6:15-17?
- What similar perspective does 1 John 4:4 give?
- What trouble, tension, turmoil, tragedy or trial is surrounding you? What is your perspective? After reading these verses, do you need to make an adjustment to it?
- Ask God to open your eyes, so that you see the big picture from His perspective.
We Have His Power 91:9-13
- What is the condition for no harm befalling you? v.9
- What word implies this includes your home and your family? v.10
- Are there exceptions to this? Why? John 9:1-3, 11:1-4; Hebrews 11:32-40.
- How do you know you have an angel assigned to you? v.11
- What are some of the things that angels do? 1 Kings 19:1-8; 2 Kings 19:32-36; Psalm 34:7, 103:20; Matthew 4:11; 13:36-43, 49; 24:31; Acts 5:17-20, 12:1-11; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Hebrews 1:14; Revelation 5:11-12.
- What could the lion and the cobra represent? 1 Peter 5:8; Revelation 12:9, 20:2.
- When do we receive the power of God? Acts 1:8
- In His power, what can we overcome? 1 John 2:12-14, 5:3-5
- If you are defeated in your Christian life, why?
We Have His Promises 91:14-16
- List the promises in vs.14-16 phrase by phrase.
- What are the three conditions given for receiving them?
- What do you need to do now to meet the conditions so that you can claim His promises?
- Write out the promise of Psalm 32:7 in your own words.
- Make a list of alternative names for Our Hiding Place, such as: He is our Shelter, our Rock, our Strong Tower, our _____________
- Substitute the pronoun “my” for “our.” Now would you thank God for who He is to you?
In order to be safe when I was in Israel, I had to heed the siren and run quickly into the shelter. Because even though the shelter was within the distance of a 15-second sprint, I still had to leave where I was and run into it. I believe the sirens are going off in our world today, warning us of judgment that is coming. It’s time to run into Our Hiding Place. And abide there. So run …now.