"You are my hiding place; you shall preserve me from trouble; you shall surround me with songs of deliverance." ~Psalm 32:7
God is our hiding place! How sad that so many feel they must hide from God...even many Christians believe this to be true.
An unbeliever has much to fear if they are defying God and His word. They will face devastating consequences.
"If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned." ~John 15:6
However, the believer need not fear God but take refuge in Him instead!
"For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion; in the secret place of His tabernacle He shall hide me; He shall set me high upon a rock." ~Psalm 27: 5
God is a loving and merciful God to those who don't blatantly disregard Him. He wants to "preserve us from trouble" and He uses the Holy Spirit to speak warnings and guidance to our hearts.
For those with addictions or struggles that need to be overcome, He wants to surround them with "songs of deliverance."
"Blessed is he who's transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man to whom the Lord does not impute iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit." ~Psalm 32:1-2
We don't have to live in fear of God's judgments if we have trusted Jesus for salvation and forgiveness of our sins. Unfortunately, many of us, when faced with the shame of our sin, distance ourselves from God because we're afraid our transgressions have changed God's feelings toward us.
Believing Christian, next time you feel that guilt that tries to push you away from God, I encourage you to come close to Him instead. Rather than the wrath you're afraid of, you'll find Him singing over you a cleansing song of deliverance!
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This post was featured in Issue 98 of The Christian Home Magazine.
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