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“For he will hide me in his shelter in the day of trouble; he will conceal me under the cover of his tent; he will lift me high upon a rock” (Psalm 27:5, ESV).

            As Psalm 27 continues, the theme of protection develops.  The psalmist has confidence against the assaults of his enemies; their advance will fail (v.2), and he will keep courage even when opposed by a host of foes (v.3).  In a very moving verse, he expresses his delight in the presence of the Lord (v.4).  This desire for God’s fellowship is connected with the peace and safety he finds in God his defender.  It is interesting that verse 4 makes the same point with two contrasting images—being hidden away “under the cover of his tent” and being raised up “high upon a rock.”  But both images convey safety, and offer a movement from concealment to exaltation.

            God is the defender of His people.  He is strong to protect and preserve.  He can shelter us from harm, and He can lift us up beyond the reach of the wicked.  Though He allows us to pass through dangers and trials, He does not leave us to face these things on our own, and He promises to bring us safely through in the end.  Take heart, and take shelter in the mighty arm of the Lord God Almighty.