“You are my hiding place. You shall preserve me from trouble. You shall compass me about with songs of deliverance”. Selah (Psalm 32:7).
The experience of the song of the Lord is a wonderful comfort and a great strength and power in the time of trouble to the soul. The song of deliverance is a great grace to be received for it sustains us and carries us through the times of testing, temptation and the trials of life.
The Apostle knew directly this reality in his many trials and tribulations and not only wrote of it but lived it in personal experience. In his Epistle to the Ephesians, he wrote:
“And be not drunk with wine. . .but be filled with the Spirit, speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns, and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord” (Ephesians 5:18-19).
When in his time of trial with his ministry partner, Silas, in the Philippian jail recorded in the Book of Acts we read:
“And the multitude rose up together against Paul and Silas, and the magistrates rent off their clothes and commanded to beat them. When they had laid many stripes upon them, they cast them into prison, charging the jailor to keep them secure, who having received such a charge thrust them into the inner prison and made their feet fast in stocks. At midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God, and the prisoners heard them” (Acts 16:22-25).
What a testimony to living out the word of faith you preach. The misery and pain of stripes, the cold and damp of the inner prison cell, the shackles and darkness of night could not quench the songs of deliverance in the Apostle and Prophet of the Lord. Their prayers and singing of praises unto the Lord were a powerful witness to their faith in the God of their salvation.
“And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken, and immediately all the doors were opened, and everyone’s bands were loosed” (Acts 16:26).
The miraculous power of God is real. He is mighty to save. Mighty to deliver. “A very present help in times of trouble” (Psalm 46:1b).
The Psalmist, David, knew very well the power of the song of deliverance and wrote many of them for our edification and comfort in all our distress and times of misery.
The songwriter, Carol Cymbala, gave us the words to the beautiful song, You Are My Hiding Place and recorded by the group, Selah:
“You are my hiding place. You always fill my heart with songs of deliverance. Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You. I will trust in You. Let the weak say I am strong in the strength of my Lord. I will trust in You.
My friend, walk with the Lord today. Welcome the song of the Lord in your heart, welcome the songs of deliverance in your times of struggle. It is a wonderful channel of grace from our loving Shepherd, Lord and Savior, by His special favor in the Presence of the Holy Spirit who dwells within.
Grace and peace be with you through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Grace and peace be also with you Pastor Jim. Thank you for your wonderful blog.