From Pastor’s Desk:
You are my hiding place and my shield; I hope in Your word. – Psalm 119:114 (NKJV)
Hope here is יָחַל yâchal (yaw-chal’); to wait; by implication to be patient, hope: – (cause to, have, make to) hope, be pained, stay, tarry, trust, wait.
How does hope factor in to God being our hiding place and shield? Sometimes it seems that we are not being shielded from the fiery darts of the enemy. Often we are, it seems, exposed to the onslaught of his tactics, schemes, and trickery, When the going gets rough we don’t necessarily feel tough enough to keep going.
However, coming out on the other side of the trial, stronger than before we entered into it, we find that, as we waited patiently on God, He proved Himself in ways that we would never have imagine.
Why? Because He had hidden us in a place unknown to anyone else. Even the devil didn’t know where we were because God has places to hide us that only He knows.
Point of the verse, in my opinion, is that we need to come to a place, spiritually, in which we can “hope” (wait patiently) in His word. He said it, He’ll do it! If it couldn’t be done, He would not have said it.