Psalm 32:7 (KJV) “Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. Selah.”
Throughout scripture we see that the Lord provided a hiding place for His people and protected them for a time. Moses’ mother hid him for 3 months until she placed him in a basket and trusted the Lord to protect and provide for him. (Exodus 2) The prostitute Rahab of Jericho hid two Israelite spies until she provided a way for them to escape down the wall to return to Joshua to give a report. (Joshua 2) The prophet Elijah hid from the evil King Ahab and Queen Jezebel for 3 years until he confronted them and their prophets of Baal. (I Kings 17 and 18) Jehosheba hid prince Joash from his evil Aunt Athaliah until he was old enough to take the throne back from her. (II Kings 11)
Over and over again we see that the Lord is a Hiding Place for His people until He can make a way for them to come out of hiding and fulfill His calling. He is our Hiding Place.
The Psalm above was penned by King David, who was no stranger to hiding himself. He hid from King Saul who tried to have him killed and who personally tried to kill him repeatedly. David hid in caves and in foreign lands for years until Saul died and David was able to take the throne. David later hid from his own son, Absalom, who had stolen the hearts of the people and, for a time, usurped the throne from his father, the king. David hid until Absalom died and he was able to come out of hiding.
But these are not the circumstances under which David wrote Psalm 32. No, David was not hiding from someone who was trying to kill him at this time. Instead he wrote it after his adulterous affair with Bathsheba, the death of their son, and the confrontation from Nathan, the prophet. He was begging the Lord to forgive him for his transgression with Uriah’s wife, and he claimed that the Lord was his Hiding Place and protection!
We need to recognize that we can run to the Lord, not only when we are being pursued by our adversaries, but also when our own sinful nature is trying to trap us and keep us from the Lord’s presence! In fact, in verse 5 (KJV) David says,
“I acknowledge my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the Lord; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin.”
David did not try to hide himself or his sin from the Lord, but instead ran to the Lord to find a hiding place and deliverance!