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soul in truth the call of confidence goes forth: "I hide me Loid. with thee." (Ps. 143:9 marg. reading). Hiding with God is not dwelling in his tent, or knowing the secret grace of the hidden walk. Hiding never indicates a fixed condition, but always something transient. seek shelter from a thunderstorm, in order presently, when the sun shines again, to step out from our hidingplace, and continue on our way. Little chickens hide with the mother hen, when a water-rat is around; but when it is gone, they run out again. And the soul of him who knows God, hides with his Father, as long as trouble lasts ; but when it is overpassed, there is no more need of hiding. Hiding in God is not the ordinary, but the extraordinary condition of a single moment "Until these calamities be overpast" (Ps. 57:1), or as said in Is. 26:20, "Until the indignation be overpast"

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But even he who fears God, does not hide with him in everytime of need. Trouble and care are upon us all the days of our life. The cross must be taken up each day anew. But as a rule the child of God calmly pursues his way in the assured confidence of Divine protection. He knows that

God

fights for him, that God is his shadow, that his good shepherd he leads him, and that when too violent an assult threatens, God covers him with his shield. then dwells with God,

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and God does not leave him to

himself.

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this is the daily, ordinary activity of faith, the operation of God's faithfulness, and of the trust of his child.

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Bekijk de hele uitgave van dinsdag 1 januari 1918

Abraham Kuyper Collection | 620 Pagina's

To be near unto God - pagina 317

Bekijk de hele uitgave van dinsdag 1 januari 1918

Abraham Kuyper Collection | 620 Pagina's

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