Many years ago, I went to visit an Aunt and Uncle in Tennessee. During the daytime hours, my sister and I stayed at the grandparents’ house and played with the neighborhood kids. On one occasion, we were playing hide-and-go-seek and I frantically ran into the kitchen and asked grandmother to help me find a place to hid. I remember she opened up the cabinets under the sink, took the contents out and told me to get in there. Moments later the kitchen was filled with the voices of those seeking to find me. They never did, because I was safely hid.
God is much the same. The Psalmist learned that when he faced trouble, the Lord would hide him in his secret place. The trouble may be present, but he was hid safely from the harm that the problem could cause. God wants to do the same for you and me. He wants us to run to him and seek refuge from the harm that we face. He will protect us, but at the same time reveal himself to us as we hide in the tabernacle of his care.
Psalms 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.
Trials and troubles are inevitable, but what we have is a God who will care for us as we seek refuge in him.