'You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.' Psalm 32:7 NIV
We've probably all felt like running away from all our problems at some point in our lives. A couple of week's holiday away from everything may help us feel better in the short term, but we still have to come back to reality. Escaping doesn't totally solve anything and it's not always practical to drop everything and get away.
But there's somewhere we can go, a place that can bring true release from our problems: that place is God's presence. The psalmist was aware of this. In Psalm 32:7 he says: 'You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.' And Psalm 119:114 says: 'You are my hiding place and my shield; I hope in your word' (NCV). This doesn't mean that nothing bad will ever happen to us; it does mean we have a place to go and find rest from our situations.
The Bible says: 'Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint' (Isaiah 40:30-31 NIV). We might enter his presence overwhelmed and weak, but we leave renewed and full of God's strength.
So what now? Schedule time today to hide away with God. Present your concerns to him, and allow him speak to you and renew your strength. The great thing is, you can enter his hiding place as often as you like.
Soulfood: Acts 16-17 Matt 10:1-10 Ps 140 Pro 16:3,