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The Ultimate Protection (Psalm 119:114)

You are my hiding place and my shield; I wait for Your word.
Psalm 119:114

The psalmist describes the protection God offers in two ways. God is first pictured as a hiding place. Now this is not an ordinary hiding place like you might choose when playing hide-and-seek! This is a hiding place that exceeds all others.

You are my hiding place; You preserve me from trouble; You surround me with songs of deliverance. Selah.
Psalm 32:7

Secondly, he pictures God as his shield. This shield is a defensive weapon that is used to ward off attacks. Not only does God hide us, but He also stands on guard against our enemies.

The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, My God, my rock, in whom I take refuge; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
Psalm 18:2

As for God, His way is blameless; The word of the Lord is tried; He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.
Psalm 18:30

The psalmist also reminds the reader that while God acts as our “hiding place” and “shield,” we are not to be passive. We are to “wait” for God’s word. To “wait” is to “hope” or to “expect.” In other words, we have confidence in God’s protection and we completely trust and rely on His word for our daily lives. The evidence for our confidence in God’s word is demonstrated by the priority we give it in our personal lives!

Rocky Wyatt

Rocky Wyatt came to know the Lord as a young teenager and began working in youth ministry when in college. After serving in churches in Utah, California and Colorado, Rocky moved to Texas to serve as Youth Pastor at Countryside Bible Church. He served there for 26 years where he eventually moved from youth ministry to serve as an Associate Pastor.

Over the course of his ministry, Rocky has always had a desire to train men for pastoral ministry in the context of the local church. In 1992 he started XL Ministries, an organization that is committed to helping churches establish intensive internships for pastoral training. In 2020 he left his position at Countryside Bible Church to become the Executive Director of XL Ministries and now works full time assisting churches in training men for ministry.

He is co-author of The Youth Ministry Training Manual, a textbook for training youth pastors, and has also written multiple other resources for use in various local church ministries. He is currently working on a book to encourage churches to take the primary responsibility to train pastors.

Rocky is married to Pamela, has two sons and daughters-in-law, and ten grandchildren. 

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.1 Corinthians 15:58