The Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.
And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you.
“Hide and Seek” goes the cry. And the scurrying begins.
This childhood game is played throughout the world. And has been played for thousands of years.
What makes this game so likable? A psychologist explains that when children hide, they are both excited and afraid to be alone. Each child is learning about being alone. When found, the child is comforted to be welcomed back into the group. And if anyone cannot be found, another cry goes out — “Ally, Ally, in Free!” — and even the hard-to-find are reclaimed by the group.
In this way the game dances a rhythm between autonomy and community, and this rhythm recurs throughout our lives. Sometimes we act and feel alone; other times, we are enfolded in community.
Seeking embodies Hope. No one seeks without hoping to find. This verse proclaims that those who seek God will not be forsaken. They are not alone; God is their stronghold.
We live in a culture that celebrates — and over-glorifies — the individual, and we sometimes hide from God. It is good to be reminded that we can always return to be welcomed back into community with God.
We have only to seek—we will not be forsaken.