You are my hiding place and my shield; I wait for Your word.
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.
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.
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.
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!