Sunday, February 23, 2014

My Hiding Place

Psalm 32:7
You are my hiding place; You
preserve me from trouble;
You surround me with songs of deliverance. Selah.

This verse is music to my ears. One of my hardest struggles is watching too much TV. That may sound like such a silly little thing to struggle with, but it is a place I have given Satan a foothold.  At times that I have just wanted to ignore pressures of life or even lying, worthless thoughts in my head, I will turn on Netflix to distract myself from worrying about it. TV has become my "hiding place."

I believe the TV addiction in my life is just as serious as someone else's drug, alcohol, or sex addiction. The addiction I have may not have quite as serious effects on my physical body as other addictions, but I believe at times it has taken just as much of a toll on my spiritual life. (Please note that I am NOT saying watching TV is wrong, such as when you're bored or as a time to just hang out with someone. But it can become a sin when it is used in place of spending time with God and trusting God in times of trouble).

Nothing else, whatever it may be, can be an effective hiding place. Does TV ever preserve me from trouble or surround me with songs of deliverance? Definitely NOT! It may get my mind off my troubles for an hour, but then they all come flooding back once the episode is done. Only Yahweh can preserve us from trouble and deliver us! Which gives us reason to praise Him with songs of deliverance.

Jesus is my TRUE hiding place. I love that! I can hide from this world in spending time with Him! And He is eternal, unlike this cruddy world. And so hiding in Him is not wasting time, it is making the most of it! The God, Creator of everything, All-Powerful Ruler, is our hiding place. I find that fact incredibly comforting. I pray He brings this verse to mind whenever I am tempted to just flip on the TV to escape discouraging thoughts.

Check out the entire psalm. It is such a great psalm written by David to encourage others to repent of their sins and seek the Lord.

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