Our Hiding Place and Shield

Psalm 119:114 (ESV) … “You are my hiding place and my shield; I hope in your word.”


Thou art my hiding-place…

From temporal calamities. The perfections of God are chambers of retreat and safety to his people, where they may hide themselves and be safe, till such calamities are over, Isa. 26:20; Psal. 57:1.


And from spiritual evils; from avenging justice, from divine wrath, from the rage of Satan, and the fury of men, Isa. 32:2 and 25:4 and from eternal death, and being hurt by it; the spiritual and eternal life of saints being hid with Christ in God, Col. 3:3 see Psal. 32:7.


And my shield…

to protect from all dangers, and preserve from every enemy: such are the love and grace, the power and strength, the truth and faithfulness of God; which are the saints shield and buckler, Psal. 5:12 and 91:4; 1 Pet. 1:5 such also the person, blood, righteousness, and salvation of Christ, who is a sun and shield; the shield of faith, or which faith holds up and defends the soul against the attacks of a powerful enemy, Psal. 84:11; Ephes. 6:16.


I hope in thy Word…

in Christ the Word, for acceptance and justification, for peace, pardon, and eternal salvation; all which are in him: in the word of promise, for all supplies of grace, strength, light, life, and comfort here, and for glory hereafter, contained therein: see ver. 74, 81.[1]




[1] Gill, J. (1810). An Exposition of the Old Testament (Vol. 4, p. 230). London: Mathews and Leigh.

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