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Today’s Truth

You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance (Psalm 32:7, NIV).

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My paternal ancestors came to America from Europe in the 1700s and settled just outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Hanging on the wall of my childhood home is a faded-with-time land survey of our property, signed by William Penn, and dated 1773… that’s before the Declaration of Independence was even signed!

Our house was a red brick century home built by my great-great-great-something-or-other back in 1830 to replace the log cabin that had burnt down. It’s the same house my father grew up in. And his father. And so on. It’s a cool old house, built to endure fire and high winds, with six-brick-thick door frames.

My siblings and I played on acres of wide-open spaces and hid in great hiding places. You see, we also had an old barn. A virtual kid’s recreational candy shop. That barn was our exclusive clubhouse and our neighborhood basketball court.

Though our old farmhouse had some interesting nooks and crannies we could sneak off to, the barn was the perfect place to hide when you needed to get away. When I needed a break from my older brother, older sister, younger brother, or younger sister, I’d go to the barn.

It was a quiet place. I could think there. It was a safe shelter from sibling squabbles. My personal place of rest and refuge.

In Psalm 32, David said the LORD was his hiding place in times of trouble.

“Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD ” – and you forgave the guilt of my sin.  Therefore, let everyone who is godly pray to you while you may be found; surely when the mighty waters rise, they will not reach him. You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance” (Psalm 32:5-7).

I don’t have a barn anymore. And even if I did, my hiding place has changed forms. It’s no longer a physical place, but a spiritual place.

It is no longer a where but a Whom.

The Lord is my hiding place. He’s dangerously holy, yet safe and approachable.

I love the picture the psalmist paints of God as One we can run to when life gets hard. He’s a Strong Tower. A Shelter in times of trouble.

Got any troubles?

Yeah, me too.

The good news is we don’t need to bear our burdens alone. Rising waters won’t reach us because we have a sacred, secure shelter that we can run to. A hiding place. A loving God who will not only protect us but sing loving songs of deliverance.

“Therefore, let us approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16).

Will you trust Jesus as your hiding place today?

Let’s Pray

Dear Lord, Thanks for welcoming me into Your presence by the grace of Jesus. (Pause for a moment of confession here.) I lay my troubles at Your feet and trust You as my hiding place.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Now It’s Your Turn 

What trouble are you facing today? Have you experienced the safety of God’s shelter in the past?
Read Psalm 31 and 32

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5 Responses to “My Hiding Place”

  1. JAKKI THOMAS says:

    Thank you sooooooo much for this devotional!! I needed to be reminded that I DO HAVE a Hiding Place – in Christ Jesus!! Have a blessed day!

    • Gwen Smith says:

      Glad the message spoke to your heart today, Jakki! Yes. You sure do have a Hiding Place in Jesus. 🙂 Enjoy His presence today, friend,

      GWEN

  2. Bernadette says:

    Good morning, as I read the devotional for today, I was reminded of some scripture verses. Psalm 91:1-2 – (1)”He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.(2) I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.”

    Isaiah 43:2 – “When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.”

    In life we must have a hiding place in the Lord. We can be assured that God will take care of us.

    I am thankful that I know the Lord and I pray that I will continue to remain humble and grow in the Lord.

    • Gwen Smith says:

      Love those Scriptures, Bernadette! It’s so reassuring to remember and savor the presence and refuge of the Lord.

      Thanks for doing life with us,
      GWEN

  3. Mandy says:

    This came at a moment I was really struggling with some spiritual warfare. A few months ago God really used Psalm 32 to point out a sin that I was in denial about & my rebellion towards him. This passage points out he can be our shelter – he can “Rescue” us & free us from danger & also sing songs of deliverance “victory” – defeat over the enemy, triumph. I have learned the difference between these 2. Rescue & victory… and can say that there is a place for both! I am thankful for your reminder of this. God knew I needed to be reminded of this!

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