Psa. 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.
David knew about trouble. He had faced a bear, a giant called Goliath, the pagan Philistines, the spears of an angry king, as well as the betrayal of a son. He had survived and prospered against unthinkable odds. David had learned about sure protection better than skill, weapons, or even a trained army can offer, he found protection in the presence of the Lord. For David, God was not a concept, doctrine, or a creed; He was an amazing person. He had called him, empowered him, sustained him, and directed him all his life. Just as an army surrounds their king in times of battle, the Lord surrounds His people. Here are some insights from Charles Spurgeon on this verse.
“For in the time of trouble, that needy time, that time when others forsake me, he shall hide me in his pavilion: he shall give me the best of shelter in the worst of danger. The royal pavilion was erected in the centre of the army, and around it all the mighty men kept guard at all hours; thus in that divine sovereignty which almighty power is sworn to maintain, the believer peacefully is hidden, hidden not by himself furtively, but by the king, who hospitably entertains him. In the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me. Sacrifice aids sovereignty in screening the elect from harm. No one of old dared to enter the most holy place on pain of death; and if the Lord has hidden his people there, what foe shall venture to molest them? He shall set me up upon a rock. Immutability, eternity, and infinite power here come to the aid of sovereignty and sacrifice. How blessed is the standing of the man whom God himself sets on high above his foes, upon an impregnable rock which never can be stormed!”
What kind of giant are you facing? Or maybe one of the ‘kings’ of this world is trying to chase you down. Or maybe the Philistines are nipping at your heels; it makes no difference. He will hide you in the day of trouble, He will shelter you in His pavilion. Call out to the Lord shout and sing like David, His pavilion is here and available to you.