“Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. Selah” (Psalm 32:7 KJV)
The initial idea of this verse is God is the protector and provides safety from the enemy. “You are my hiding place; you preserve me from trouble…” (Psalm 32:7 NAS). When there is trouble we can find refuge in God. “The LORD also will be a stronghold for the oppressed. A stronghold in times of trouble” (Psalm 9:9 NAS). We can run to the hiding place and find peace and solace there. “That’s the only quiet, secure place in a noisy world, the perfect getaway, far from the buzz of traffic” (Psalm 27:5 MSG).
Although the general allusion is protection from the enemy, the entire psalm is referencing sin and the consequences of sin. “Blessed is he whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered” (Psalm 32:1 NIV). The writer was talking about the benefits of confessing his sins. “Then I let it all out; I said, “I’ll make a clean breast of my failures to GOD.” Suddenly the PRESSURE IS GONE — my guilt dissolved, my sin disappeared” (Psalm 32:5 MSG). Now, the psalmist feels freedom to flee and hide and is liberated from the guilt, sadness and sorrow of sin (see Psalm 32:7). He was expressing gratitude that he can sing freely because his soul is right with God. “… surround me with songs of deliverance” (Psalm 32:7 NIV).
We too can find peace in our hiding place and sing songs of victory and deliverance IF we are willing to confess our wrongs (see Psalm 32). As believers, we just can’t sing and worship if our hearts are laden with sin. We must admit our sins and God will forgive us of them (see 1 John 1:9). Confessing Christians find liberation in the soul and are able to sing freely to God…”He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God…” (Psalm 40:3 NAS).
Lord I can’t be a believer or a worshiper and not confess my wrongs to you and others. It messes with the atmosphere and my ability to be with you and others. Create in me a clean heart. Renew the right spirit within me. And restore my joy (See Psalm 51:10-12). Make me to hear gladness and joy again Father (see Psalm 51:8), and to feel your presence in my hiding place. Remove the pressure of guilt and shame so that I may be able to sing freely. Amen.
God’s Peace and Good Journey!
Rev. Dr. T. Anthony Bronner, a native Philadelphian, is a trailblazing visionary. He is the Senior Pastor of Elim Christian Fellowship of both Buffalo, and Rochester, New York. Bronner founded the churches on November 7, 1999 and November 17, 2002, respectively. Prior to that, he was the pastor of the prestigious Calvary Baptist Church also of Buffalo, New York.