Hiding In Thee

“Hiding In Thee”

William O. Cushing – Lyrics  – 1823-1902

Buried: Jones Cemetery, near Searsburg, New York.

Ira David Sankey – Composer – 1840-1908

Buried: Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, New York.


O safe to the Rock that is higher than I,
My soul in its conflicts and sorrows would fly;
So sinful, so weary, Thine, Thine, would I be;
Thou blest “Rock of Ages,” I’m hiding in Thee.

Hiding in Thee, hiding in Thee,
Thou blest “Rock of Ages,”
I’m hiding in Thee.

In the calm of the noontide, in sorrow’s lone hour,
In times when temptation casts o’er me its power;
In the tempests of life, on its wide, heaving sea,
Thou blest “Rock of Ages,” I’m hiding in Thee.

Hiding in Thee, hiding in Thee,
Thou blest “Rock of Ages,”
I’m hiding in Thee.

How oft in the conflict, when pressed by the foe,
I have fled to my refuge and breathed out my woe;
How often, when trials like sea billows roll,
Have I hidden in Thee, O Thou Rock of my soul.

Hiding in Thee, hiding in Thee,
Thou blest “Rock of Ages,”
I’m hiding in Thee.


William O. Cushing was for more than twenty years a successful pastor in the eastern area of the United States. Following the death of his wife in 1870, ill health forced his retirement from the active ministry. During this time he became intensely interested in hymn writing and wrote more than three hundred hymns, cooperating with such gospel musicians as Ira Sankey, Robert Lowry, George Root, and others.

Mr Cushing has left the following account regarding the writing of “Hiding in Thee”:

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God. Psalms 62:7. The God of my rock; in him will I trust: he is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my saviour; thou savest me from violence. 2 Samuel 22:3.

The main theme of the hymn “Hiding in Thee” is  that God is the Rock of our salvation and in Him we can find refuge. There have been many days when we personally have been buffeted and abused by this world’s system, we longed to return home to find comfort and a safe place. The same should be true of us as Christians that we long for the fellowship of our Lord Jesus Christ and desire to be with Him.

The word refuge used in 2 Samuel 22:3 may be translated “mansion,” or “abiding- place,” which gives the thought that God is our abode, our home. There is fullness and sweetness in these promises, for dear to our hearts is our home.  It is at home that we feel safe: we shut the world out and dwell in quiet security. When we are in complete fellowship with our God we “fear no evil.” He is our shelter and retreat, our abiding refuge.

At home, we take our rest; it is there we find comfort after the fatigue and toil of the day. In the same way our hearts find rest in God when wearied with life’s conflicts,  we turn to Him, and our soul dwells at ease.

At home, also, we let our hearts loose; we are not afraid of being misunderstood, nor of our words being misconstrued. So when we are with God we can commune freely with Him, laying open all our hidden desires; for if the “secret of the Lord is with them that fear Him,” (Psalms 25:14) the secrets of them that fear Him ought to be, and must be, with their Lord.

Home, too, is the place of our truest and purest happiness: and it is in God that our hearts find their deepest delight. We have joy in Him which far surpasses all other joy. It is also for home that we work and labour. The thought of it gives strength to bear the daily burden, and quickens the fingers to perform the task; and in this sense we may also say that God is our home. Love to Him strengthens us. We think of Him in the person of His dear Son; and a glimpse of the suffering face of the Redeemer constrains us to labour in His cause. We feel that we must work, for we have brethren yet to be saved, and we have our Father’s heart to make glad by bringing home His wandering sons.

Happy are those who have the Lord their God as their refuge!


  • The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble. Psalms 9:9
  • In the fear of the LORD is strong confidence: and his children shall have a place of refuge.  Proverbs 14:26
  • Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. Selah. Psalms 32:7
  • But the LORD is my defence; and my God is the rock of my refuge.  Psalms 94:22
  • Thou art my hiding place and my shield: I hope in thy word.  Psalms 119:114
  • The LORD preserveth all them that love him: but all the wicked will he destroy. Psalms 145:20

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