Scripture Reading

Psalm 32:7 Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. Selah.

Insight on the Word

Two very important words stand out in this passage. The first: “hiding place” which is translated from the Hebrew word “cathat” and means “to hide, to conceal or keep close.” The second is: “preserve” which is translated from the Hebrew word “natsar” and means “to guard or protect.” The Psalmist is expressing his confidence in God that He will first hide him and then protect him from all trouble.

When trouble comes we need not fear: “For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me” (Psalm 27:5). If someone has spoken ill of us or spread lies about us, God comes to our rescue: “Thou shalt hide them in the secret of thy presence from the pride of man: thou shalt keep them secretly in a pavilion from the strife of tongues” (Psalms 31:20). In fact when evil doers work secretly to trouble us we also find a hiding place in God: “Hide me from the secret counsel of the wicked; from the insurrection of the workers of iniquity” (Psalm 64:2).

Not only does God hide us in time of trouble but He also preserves and protects us: “Ye that love the Lord, hate evil: he preserveth the souls of his saints; he delivereth them out of the hand of the wicked” (Psalm 97:10). For the believer, God’s protecting and preservation never ends but extends to the very gates of Heaven! “And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Thessalonians 5:23).

Hopefully this day, you will not encounter trouble, but if you do you have God’s Word: “Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble.”

Speak the Word — God is my hiding place, He protects me! (Psalms 32:7)

Daily Bible Reading — Deuteronomy 10 – 12