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Tuesday, March 8, 2016

My Hiding Place—My Victory

“You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance” (Psalm 32:7, NIV).

You are my hiding place, O Lord. You are my sanctuary—my place of safe retreat. Not only my refuge from life’s greatest fears, you are also my refuge from my own self. I may be able to retreat from others, but I can never hide from myself–from my own failures, my sins, my weaknesses, and my own limitations. Remembrance of my own failure surrounds me, and fills my mind. Trouble haunts me. Circumstances claim my thoughts. Sometimes there seems to be no relief from the war waged in my mind, but this verse reminds me once again that you are not only my hiding place. You are also my deliverance from within where I struggle and from without where circumstances barrage. You hide me until I forget my own limitations, and my failures–until my own sins are washed away and remembered no more. You hide me until sweet relief from my own sense of failure fills my heart and mind. You hide me until the breath of your peace fills me. In that moment of complete freedom, I release all that I have been to you. Your Spirit sweeps over me. Your perfect love claims me. You surround my life with your songs of deliverance. Joy is my song! I praise you! Your strength to conquer each trial inhabits me. I rise to win the battles that daily come. I rejoice in your strength because you are greater than my weakness and greater than any circumstance. There is no fear in your perfect love. I am completely and amazingly free to walk in your victory!

 I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
    where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,
    the Maker of heaven and earth.
He will not let my foot slip—
    he who watches over me will not slumber.
 Indeed, he who watches over Israel
    will neither slumber nor sleep.
The Lord watches over me—
    the Lord is my shade at my right hand.
The sun will not harm me by day,
    nor the moon by night.
The Lord will keep me from all harm—
    he will watch over my life.
The Lord will watch over my coming and going
    both now and forevermore (Psalm 121:1-8. NIV).

You are my hiding place, Lord Jesus, and always my deliverer from trouble. You guard my life. You are my constant protector and strength. Nothing that comes against me can take me from your love. Because I am safely hidden in you, I can venture forth in your power. You, my sanctuary, are also my victory.

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