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Today’s Truth

For You are my hiding place; You protect me from trouble. You surround me with songs of victory. The Lord says, ‘I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you.

(Psalm 32:7-8)

Friend to Friend

I played hide and seek often with my three siblings as well as the various friends and cousins that migrated in and out of the house when I was a child. I can remember hiding under beds, the back of closets, and even squeezing into cupboards or toy boxes in an effort to be the last one found.

Some days between managing my home and running the race of church, kids’ activities, and work deadlines, I want to find a place to run and hide. A place where there are no notifications and reminders sounding an alert on my phone. A place where no one is calling, “Mom, I need you.” A place where the mental hamster wheel inside my head isn’t spinning with information. I don’t think I’ll fit into cupboards and toy bins anymore though.

Yet there is a hiding place for me. I can get away from it all and just be still. Be real. Be just me – a child of God. In Today’s Truth we read the words of David in Psalms 32. He likely wrote these verses during the time he was on the run from Saul who was hunting him in order to kill him. He was hiding in caves, but he knew the true source of his safety was His God. David referred to the Lord as his hiding place. Earlier in the Psalm he talked about the joy of those whose sins are forgiven. David said he was weak and miserable when he tried to hide his sins, but when he confessed to God, he felt free.

Just like God helped David when he was forced to run and hide, He longs to help us when we feel like we want to bury our heads in the sand. The Lord is our hiding place. He knows our sin, frustration, and fatigue from racing through life at a fast pace. He calls us to come to Him.

  • Slow down.
  • Sit in His presence.
  • Confess our downfalls.

When we hide away with Him, He reminds us that He does these kinds of things in the lives of His followers:

  • Protects us from trouble.
  • Surrounds us with songs of victory.
  • Guides us along the best pathway for our lives.
  • Advises and watches over us.

Do you feel like running and hiding today? Do you need any guidance on the best pathway for your life? Today, take a few moments to run and hide. Get in God’s presence. Confess your sin and find freedom in forgiveness. Then hear God’s voice from Psalm 32 singing songs of victory over your life.

Let’s Pray

Dear Lord, You are my hiding place. It amazes me that you are surrounding me with songs of victory. Lord, help me to run into your arms instead of other distractions to try to numb the difficulties of life that make me want to hide. Remind me that you will guide me on the best pathway for my life. I can’t figure it out without your help and guidance. Today I am hiding in you.

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen.

Now It’s Your Turn

Today, what trials are causing you to want to run and hide? How does it encourage you to know that God will guide you along the best pathway for your life and surround you with songs of victory when you make Him your hiding place?

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Melissa Spoelstra is a women’s conference speaker, Bible teacher, and writer who is madly in love with Jesus and passionate about helping women of all ages know Christ more intimately through serious Bible study. She is the author of Mom’s Choice Award-winning Total Family Makeover as well as three women’s Bible studies including First CorinthiansJoseph, and Jeremiah. She lives in Dublin, Ohio, with her pastor husband and four kids. Find her online at www.melissaspoelstra.com

2 Responses to “Hiding Place”

  1. Janet says:

    Hi Melissa,
    I just wanted to thank you for this devotion. There has been a war raging inside me since my son, David,
    died of complications of immune therapy after battling cancer. His son, Adrian, was born 3 weeks after he died. My struggle is being able to trust God again. It has been 2 years since we lost David and my heart is broken. Today’s devotion states these points: Protects us from trouble. Surrounds us with songs of victory. Guides us along the best pathway for our lives. Advises and watches over us. I realized that there was no where else to go except to my Lord and Savior Jesus, but trust that He would protect us from trouble did not seem true anymore. Fast forward to today and, although I still struggle with trust, I know that He sees the eternal when my eyes and heart see the temporary. I am asking for more of a revelation of eternal truth in the midst of my great sorrow and grief. I have finally landed that this walk is truly by faith and not by sight. God’s protection comes in different ways than I understood it to be.

    A few weeks ago you mentioned that some of the women listening to your teaching should now walk out the call to be a leader of Bible Studies. I knew you were talking to me for one. I was in women’s ministry for a long time but when I was teaching I did more with children. I told God that I was willing but did not want to initiate anything but would see if confirmation would come elsewhere. I just got a call from our church asking me to consider leading a Bible Study. Timing is quite amazing. I feel like a “wounded healer”. I know this is a long message, but wanted to communicate that I am benefitting from your ministry and the Jeremiah study. Thank you for investing in so many and encouraging us to press on during this most difficult time when we cannot congregate together.

    In Him,
    Janet

  2. Charlotte says:

    I too, feel as though there is a war raging in me and everything that I’ve believed my entire life about God’s protection. I am also a mother who lost her son. It was last year, this month. He left a 9-1/2 month old daughter who he loved more than anything in this world. I had believed my entire life that if I prayed faithfully to God, that everything formed against us would eventually work out for good. I don’t yet see the good in the loss of my son and I’m lost now, trying to make sense of everything. I can’t yet see how to make peace and sense out of a world without my beloved son and a world in which I now must try to help keep his memory alive for his daughter. On top of all that, I now also try to understand (or at least accept) the pandemic that is causing our world to lose so many lives so quickly. Today’s devotion and the comments from reader, Janet, above helps provide comfort to think of our Lord as a refuge and a hiding place. Somehow, some way, I will find my way back to the refuge of my faith in God’s protection, but for now there is a war raging in me that I can’t seem to quiet nor find peace, yet. I’m happy for the other reader who has finally received her message from God after the loss of her son. I’m waiting… I know it is coming… pray for me and I pray for you.

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