A Hiding Place For Me

A Hiding Place For Me

"You are a hiding place for me; you preserve me from trouble; you surround me with shouts of deliverance." Psalm 32:7

Psalm 32 is a song King David wrote about the forgiveness and grace of God. David talks about how he messed things up and brought those things to the Lord. The Lord became a hiding place for him. As we read this song, our thoughts might wander to the list of things we have done in our lives that we’re not too proud of. Some of those things might seem small, and other’s a great tragedy that may have affected ourselves and those around us.

There was a man named Charles “Chuck” Colson who served as Special Council to U.S. President, Richard Nixon, in 1969-1970. I won’t tell his whole story, but I would encourage you to take time to learn about his life. He played a large part in the Watergate scandal and at the time things were not looking good for him. Before the investigations really took off, one of Chuck’s friend’s invited him over to his home and shared the good news of Jesus with him. In his book Born Again, Chuck said when his friend prayed for him “something began to flow into me — a kind of energy.” Driving home that evening, alone in his car, Chuck decided to give his whole life to Jesus. Jesus became his Savior, a “hiding place” for him, just as David wrote in his song. Chuck knew the evil and lying he participated in and asked Jesus to forgive him. Chuck knew what he had caused a lot of destruction, so he also asked the Lord to give him strength for what lie ahead. Through great courage Chuck not only confessed to his Creator, but he also brought his wrong to the earthy courtroom and pleaded guilty of all he had done. He was sentenced to prison, but he trusted God with the outcome. During that time God was not only changing Chuck’s heart, but God was also using Chuck to change the hearts of his fellow inmates. After Chuck was released on January 31, 1975, God continued to use Chuck’s life to bring glory to the name of Jesus through his international ministry, Prison Fellowship.

This is who Jesus is and this is what He does with lives that have been given wholeheartedly to him. God is both truth and grace. He sees all and knows all and desires to bring dead things to life. That is exactly why He came. God surrounded Chuck with “shouts of deliverance” because, again, Chuck chose the Savior of the world as his “hiding place.”