The Lord is my sanctuary–a place of safe retreat. He is my refuge from my own self. I can retreat from others into myself, but I can never hide from myself–from my own failures, my sins, my weaknesses, and my own limitations. I find that within myself there is no relief. But in the early morning hours I discover that He is my sanctuary. He hides me under His wings until I forget my limitations, and my failures....until my own sins are washed away and remembered no more. He hides me until relief from my own sense of failure and shortcomings begins to fill my spirit. He hides me from myself until the relief of His grace brings great joy. In that moment of joy, praise comes, and His strength to conquer inhabits all of me. And then I am free of me.