The Lord led me to stop celebrating Christmas quite a few years ago. I don’t remember exactly when but it has been a very long time. So what have I learned, and where am I at present in this whole Christmas thing. I’ve learned that as the years have gone by any desire I’ve had to conform is gone. At the same time the gap it creates with family members is still painful. But I can also say that the Lord has filled that gap and that is as it should be. Jesus first, Jesus only, Jesus my Savior, Jesus my Lord. Jesus my Hiding place.
Nothing teaches us about the preciousness of the Creator as much as when we learn the emptiness of everything else.” ― Charles H. Spurgeon
Psalm 27:5 For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock.
The meaning here is, that God would admit him near to Himself; He would take care that he should be protected as if he were one of His own family;
Isaiah 32:2 And a man shall be as an hiding place from the wind, and a covert from the tempest; as rivers of water in a dry place, as the shadow of a great rock in a weary land.
A refuge and a hiding-place from every storm – – adverse circumstances sweep upon us, and His mighty hand is put down there as a buckler, behind which we may hide and be safe.
‘Rock of ages, cleft for me, Let me hide myself in Thee.’
Psalm 31:20 Thou shalt hide them in the secret of thy presence from the pride of man: thou shalt keep them secretly in a pavilion from the strife of tongues.
The presence of God is their protection, he himself is a wall of fire round about them.
Let not any yield to unbelief, or think, under discouraging circumstances, that they are cut off from before the eyes of the Lord, and left to the pride of men. Lord, pardon our complaints and fears; increase our faith, patience, love, and gratitude; teach us to rejoice in tribulation and in hope. The deliverance of Christ, with the destruction of his enemies, ought to strengthen and comfort the hearts of believers under all their afflictions here below, that having suffered courageously with their Master, they may triumphantly enter into his joy and glory.
Remember that Jesus Christ is the Hiding-place, and that to flee to Him for refuge is the condition of security, and all they who thus, from the snares of life, from its miseries, disappointments, and burdens, from the agitation of their own hearts, from the ebullition of their own passions, from the stings of their own conscience, or from other of the ills that flesh is heir to, make their hiding-place -by the simple act of faith in Jesus Christ – in the light of God’s face, are thereby safe for evermore.