“Therefore let everyone who is godly pray to you while you may be found; surely when the mighty waters rise, they will not reach him. You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance” (Psalm 32:6-7 NIV).
Read Psalm 32: 1-11
From their living room window, Roger and Gail watched the churning water rush down the Skagit River in western Washington. Due to record rainfall, the rising river, filled with limbs and debris, threatened to overflow its banks. Would their home flood?
Together Roger and Gail cried out, “Lord, please protect us and our home! Keep the river within its banks.”
The river raged nearby, but God gave them peace. Although the river did overflow its banks, God’s mighty hand held back the floodwaters, and the muddy water did not come inside their home. That day Roger and Gail experienced Psalm 32:6 in a personal way: “Therefore let everyone who is godly pray to you while you may be found; surely when the mighty waters rise, they will not reach him.”
David penned these reassuring words in a psalm that focuses on instruction and repentance. He acknowledged his sin and accepted God’s forgiveness. David encourages us to follow his example and pray to God, assuring us that God’s love surrounds those who trust Him.
When swirling situations threaten to engulf our lives, we too can cry out to God. Although we don’t know how He’ll answer, He promises to surround us with “songs of deliverance” (verse 7).
Almighty God, You are my hiding place. Thank You for Your strong hand of protection. Remind me to call on You in every storm of life.
Questions: How do you face troubled times in your life? Do you trust God to be with you when troubles surround you and threaten to engulf you?
About the Author Lydia E. Harris
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