Psalm 32:3-5 describes the grief of conviction and the relief of confession to God. Verse six (6) hints at a time to be found. Verses 6-7 address the Lord.
Therefore let everyone who is godly offer prayer to you at a time when you may be found; surely in the rush of great waters, they shall not reach him. You are a hiding place for me; you preserve me from trouble; you surround me with shouts of deliverance. Selah
Psalm 32:6-7 ESV (emphasis added)
The godly are the saints, the kind and merciful, should reach for God. There should be a desperation — admit being lost and have an urgent need to be found — for God. When the circumstances around us scream a need for change, the godly should cry out to God. Do not wait for calm or pretty days, but reach for Him now.
God is a hiding place. Isn’t this something?! There is so much awaiting us when allow ourselves to be FOUND. There is the safety of the presence of the Lord. Let’s abandon the hide-and-go-seek view of God, and consider Him a hiding place. What thoughts does hiding place conjure? Retreat. Escape. Resting place. Solitude. Peace. Limit to the chaos or battle. He is a hiding place.
God preserves from trouble. He guards us from tight places. He acts as our watchman, and keeps watch for enemies, oppressors, and distress. The trouble is real. Preserve suggests that trouble has influence. Trouble, if we are left in it, alters how we see ourselves, how we see the Lord, how we process the present, and how we approach the future. Yet, when we reach for Him when He can be found, we confront the protection of God.
God surrounds with shouts of deliverance. He surrounds us with the ringing cry of deliverance (escape, salvation, slipping away). God controls the narrative! A ringing cry, a shout of deliverance around us in every direction we turn. Talk about perspective! When we reach Him, we become a part of Him. We use phrases that continually position us outside of the presence of the Lord, when we are IN Him.
So what is this talk about a time when He may be found? There are a couple other references to the same (Ps. 69:13; Is. 49:8).
Working together with him, then, we appeal to you not to receive the grace of God in vain. For he says, “In a favorable time I listened to you, and in a day of salvation I have helped you.” Behold, now is the favorable time; behold, now is the day of salvation.
2 Corinthians 6:1-2 ESV (emphasis added)
Apostle Paul addressed the Corinthian church, quoted the verse about timing, and encouraged them not to delay in receiving salvation. NOW is the time. NOW is the day. The beautiful relevance of this passage is that we can be found in an instant! We do not need to wait on the day we are “ready” or for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Resurrection Day, or Christmas Day. We can reach for the Father NOW. He can hide us NOW. He can preserve us from trouble NOW. He can surround us with shouts of deliverance NOW. How about that?! Veteran saints ought to be as excited new converts at a clean walk with the Lord, about a living relationship with Him. Let’s spread the word: NOW is the time to be found.
Shaunta D. Scroggins is the lead contributor at The Bereans’ Commentary.
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