“You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance. Selah” Psalm 32:7 (NIV)
Ever feel so ashamed you just want to go and hide? Sin can make us feel that way whether it was intentional or unintentional. Shame and guilt can overwhelm us. That’s why I love this Psalm so much. David wrote it after he had made a very painful and personal confession that had hurt so many around him. Where could he go and hide? He was the King! He went exactly where we need to go, the only place where you can find refuge and forgiveness. He went to God with a broken and contrite heart. As he admitted his failures to God, he found grace and forgiveness. In this Psalm he expresses the acceptance and protection he felt when he came clean with God.
As you set aside time alone with God, maybe you need to do the same as David. Your sins may be different, but the one to whom you confess is the same. Satan will tell you to check out, run, hide! God welcomes us into His presence regardless of what we’ve done and says, “Let me be your hiding place.” Read this Psalm out loud several times and allow God to speak its liberating truths to your captive heart. Listen for the songs of deliverance He may surround you with today and experience the freedom from guilt and shame that Jesus came to give us.
Read the passage out loud again. The word “Selah” at the end means to pause and meditate on what God is saying to us through His Word. Don’t rush through it. Worship through praise and thanksgiving for the sacrifice of Christ that brings us forgiveness and deliverance.