October 7, Your Hiding Place
Today’s reading: Psalms 31-35
“You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance” - Psalm 32:7.
Did you ever have a hiding place when you were a child? Or maybe you have one now--a place where no one knows you or would think to look for you (a coffee shop, a mountain retreat, a mall for example)? David had a hiding place and it was in the Lord. David was confident God could veil his presence and keep him safe from his enemies. For many years, David was on the run from murderous Saul who wanted to keep David from inheriting his throne, but God hid David and did not deliver him into Saul’s hands. What’s more, David undoubtedly sang songs, which spoke of God’s protection from trouble and testified to God’s deliverance while his enemies were still all around his hiding place in hot pursuit. Peter experienced this kind of deliverance when the angel escorted him out of prison and no one even knew he was going:
“Then the angel said to him, ‘Put on your clothes and sandals.’ And Peter did so. ‘Wrap your cloak around you and follow me,’ the angel told him. Peter followed him out of the prison, but he had no idea that what the angel was doing was really happening; he thought he was seeing a vision. They passed the first and second guards and came to the iron gate leading to the city. It opened for them by itself, and they went through it. When they had walked the length of one street, suddenly the angel left him” (Acts 12:8-10).
Is God your hiding place? Have you learned to trust in His ability to protect, even hide you from trouble? Can you sing a song of deliverance before your safety or deliverance is secured as you walk out your trust in Him?