Today you’d like to hang a “DO NOT DISTURB” sign on your door. You’re embarrassed by a turn of events over which you had little or no control and you don’t want to face people. You’d like to go into hiding. Interestingly, the Bible says that the Lord hides His own in His pavilion. What does that mean?
The pavilion of the king was a tent that was placed right in the middle of the army. An honor guard protected the pavilion and was charged with the king’s protection as well. Guests of the king were privileged to stay in the pavilion and so they were assured of all the protection afforded by the king’s army. The pavilion was a safe place to be.
The Psalmist also speaks of the safety of the tabernacle. Being inside the tabernacle speaks of the safety of the presence of the Lord. In the New Testament, Paul wrote: “Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory” (Colossians 3:2-4).
Finally, David declares that the Lord has set his feet up upon a rock. The Lord says that He is the Rock: “He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he” (Deuteronomy 32:4).
What protection in trouble! We are safe within the Lord’s pavilion, safe within His tabernacle and standing on the Rock.
Don’t you feel secure?