~ Devotional taken from p. 6 of Turning Guilt Trips into Joy Rides
Guilt Trip to Avoid: Failing to protect myself
For you are my hiding place; you protect me from trouble. You surround me with songs of victory. Psalm 32:7
(since I prefer KJV here is the verse from KJV)
Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. Selah. Psalm 32:7
My Hiding Place
by Shirley Brosius
As I work at my computer by a window, I watch a squirrel carry bunches of leaves up a tree. Up and down it goes, load after load. High in the tree, where a branch forks from the trunk, the squirrel is building a hiding place. That's because hawks sit high in the trees watching for any bird or small animals that might make a tasty sandwich. But now the squirrel will have somewhere to hide because a hawk is not likely to attack a squirrel's sanctuary. The squirrel doesn't wait until the hawk appears. It establishes its sanctuary on sunny days when all is peaceful and quiet.
Like the squirrel that knows how to build a hiding place by God's grace, I can build a hiding place for my soul-also by God's grace. The Word of God forms its foundation. Prayer builds its walls. The Holy Spirit fills the rooms with a sweet presence. I am safe in my sanctuary. When the hawks of life attack me, I have ready a place to hide. Who knows what might happen had I not prepared.
Take the Joy Ride: When King Saul tried to kill David, god hid and protected him while he was on the run because he'd had a long and close relationship with God. David was a man after God's own heart. We can be women after God's own heart if we, too, take the time to build a relationship with him-a sanctuary. How might you build a hiding place?
Visit this book's tour and my review here.