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9/11 – You Are My Hiding Place (Psalm 32)


Introduction —David seems to have firsthand knowledge of sin forgiven and sin hidden. Indeed, David seems well acquainted with secret sin: when I kept silent about my sin, my body wasted away through my groaning all day long. For day and night Your hand was heavy upon me; my vitality drained away as with the fever heat of summer. David experiences the pain of refusing to ask the Lord to forgive him. For a time, David lives in a nightmare place of his choosing. But then, he admits his sin to the Lord. David no longer works to conceal his sin; rather, he brings it to light, confessing his transgressions to the Lord. And the Lord forgives the guilt of his sin. Now, David wants all those who are godly to cry out to the Lord. Why? David knows that the Lord is his hiding place. The Lord preserves him. The Lord surrounds him with songs of rescue. And David wants all godly people to confess sin quickly. He wants them to cry out to the Lord constantly. He wants them to follow the Lord humbly. He wants them to rejoice in the Lord joyfully. How about us? Do we confess our sin or do we try to cover it up? Do we know the joy of the Lord’s forgiveness? Do we know the joy of following Him? Do we know the joy of obeying Him? Do we know the joy of watching the Lord do wonders? Do we hear His joyful songs of rescue which surround us? Do we know the Lord is our hiding place? Do we run to the Lord our hiding place?


Since the lord is my hiding place, I will run to Him. I will confess my sin to Him. I will follow Him. I will listen to Him. I will trust Him.  I will sing to Him. I will rejoice in Him. I will live with an upright heart before Him.


Since the Lord is my hiding place, I will confess my sin to Him. (1-5)

I acknowledged my sin to You, and my iniquity I did not hide; I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord”;
and You forgave the guilt of my sin. Selah.

Comments: David’s heart for the Lord shines through in this section. He’s honest about the blessings of the Lord’s forgiveness. And he’s honest about the way he tried to hide his sin from the Lord. His is a beautifully transparent view of a true relationship with the Lord. Here is a man at the valley of despair. He is wasting away because he hides sin, remains silent about sin in his life. David knows the pain of turning away from the Lord. David knows the horror of refusing to confess sin. David lives in a nightmare place of his choosing, but then he admits his iniquity to the Lord. David runs to the Lord. David seeks the Lord. David confesses his sin to the Lord. And the Lord forgives him, removing the guilt of his sin. Questions: How about me? Do I know that the Lord forgives me? Do I try to hide sin from Him? Do I live under the weight of trying to hide my sin? Am I willing to run to the Lord? Am I ready to seek Him? Am I eager to cry out to Him? Will I ask Him to forgive me? What’s holding me back from asking Him to forgive me? Illustration: If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. ~ 1 John 1:9


Application: Since the Lord is my hiding place, I will run to Him. I will confess my sin to Him. I will hold nothing back. He already knows what I’ve been trying to hide. I will humbly ask Him to forgive me, and I will humbly receive His forgiveness.


Since the Lord is my hiding place, I will delight in Him. (6-7)

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


Comments: David now urges all those who are godly to pray to the Lord, seeking Him constantly. David makes this plea because he knows that the Lord rescues those who seek Him. He protects them from trouble. He surrounds them with songs of rescue. He is a hiding place for those who run to Him. Indeed, the Lord rescues. Now, David inserts the final of three pauses into this psalm, intentionally calling folks to consider the weight of the words spoken or sung. In this case, those who worship should reflect on the Lord’s rescue—the size of this joyful event.

Questions: What about me? Do I consider the size of Jesus’ rescue? Do I think often about His sacrifice on that cross? Do I see breadth of this rescue? Do I feel the weight of this rescue? Do I meditate on this rescue? Do I see the joyful effects of this rescue? Do I pause to give thanks for this rescue? Do I run to Him? Do I find joy in Him? Do I delight in Him? Do I exalt Him? Do I behold the horrific beauty of Jesus’ rescue? Illustration: We know love by this, that He laid down His life for us; and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. ~ 1 John 3:16


Application: Since the Lord is my hiding place, I will run to Him. I will delight in Him. I will think more often about His beautiful rescue. I will pause to give Him thanks. I will urge others to seek Him. I will boldly speak about my love for Him.


Since the Lord is my hiding place, I will follow Him. (8-11)

I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go; I will counsel you with My eye upon you.

Comments: Here the Lord speaks to David. The Lord tells how He will instruct and teach and counsel David. The Lord urges David to refuse stubborn behavior. Then, David concludes with his own strong advice to others. Be glad in the Lord and rejoice. Shout for joy. This word is for all those who trust in the Lord. Since the Lord is a good counselor, his people can follow Him with utmost trust. They can and should obey Him. They should listen to Him. They should learn from Him. They should avoid the snares of the wicked and press in closer and closer to the Lord.

Questions: How about me? Do I listen to the Lord? Do I follow Him with great joy? Am I eager to obey? Do I steer clear of sin or do I step right in? Do I learn from the Lord? Am I a good student of His? Do I help others learn how to follow the Lord? Do I hear His word? Do I keep His word? Illustration: For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments; and His commandments are not burdensome. ~ 1 John 5:3


Application: Since the Lord is my hiding place, I will run to Him. I will trust Him. I will follow Him. I will listen to Him. I will learn from Him. I will help others follow Him. I will rejoice in Him. I will shout for joy in Him.  I will obey Him.



Word Study for Psalm 32

0 A Maskil (maskil—memory passage; contemplative poem; to look at; behold; image)

1 blessed (asre—happy; blessedness; fortunate; how happy; joy; courage)

1 forgiven (nasa—lift up; bear; carry; carried off; to rise; to take away; forgive)

1 transgression (pesa—rebellion; revolt; crime; offence; fault; defection; trespass)

2 impute (hasab—to weave; to think about; to meditate; to consider; account)

4 heavy (kabed—to weigh heavily; burdensome; very grievous)

5 acknowledged (yada—to know; to reveal; to make known; to be aware of; show)

6 godly (hasid—saints; the faithful; kind; pious; holy; devout; merciful; zealous)

6 pray (palal—make intercession; make a request to God; ask; to be the arbitrator; interpose)

7 hiding place (seter—covering; protection; secrecy; refuge; veil)

7 preserve (nasar—to keep watch; watch over; protect; guard; set a guard; spare)

8 instruct (sakal—to be prudent; to act wisely; to have insight; to be skilled; to behold)

10 trusts (batah—to be confident; rely; confide in; set one’s hope on)

11 be glad (samah—to gladden; to bring joy; rejoice; to make joyful; delight in; be elated with)

11 rejoice (gil—to shout in exultation; to leap; shriek ecstatically; tremble)

11 shout for joy (ranan—sing for joy; make loud public melodic and rhythmic words)


Application for Psalm 32

Let’s consider the wondrous blessing of the Lord’s forgiveness.

Let’s quickly confess our sin to Him.

Let’s not try to hide our sin from Him.

Let’s seek the Lord constantly.

Let’s always remember that the Lord is our hiding place.
Let’s be amazed that the Lord instructs us and counsels us.

Let’s not stubbornly refuse the Lord’s direction.

Let’s trust in the Lord.
Let’s be glad in the Lord.

Let’s shout for joy before the Lord.


Gospel Connections for Psalm 32

Jesus forgives our sin. He covers our sin by His atoning sacrifice. Jesus does not impute, or count iniquity against those who turn from sin and turn to Him in faith. Jesus endured the heavy weight of sin, in order to forgive the shame and guilt from sin that we carry.  Jesus is our refuge.  Jesus is our hiding place. Jesus now preserves us, guiding us into freedom. In Christ, we are no longer bound by sin. Jesus Christ surrounds us with songs of deliverance.  By the grace of God, we receive the teachings of Christ. We listen to the perfect counsel of Christ. We follow Christ. By the grace of God, we trust in Jesus. We rejoice in Jesus. We shout for joy in Jesus. We are made upright in Jesus. Many are the sorrows of the wicked, but faithful love will surround all those who trust in Jesus.


Thoughts and Quotes for Psalm 32

Forgiveness is an act of the will, and the will can function regardless of the temperature of the heart. ~ Corrie ten Boom


The voice of sin is loud, but the voice of forgiveness is louder. ~ D.L. Moody


When we have been brought very low and helped, sorely wounded and healed, cast down and raised again, have given up all hope—and been suddenly snatched from danger, and placed in safety; and when these things have been repeated to us and in us a thousand times over, we begin to learn to trust simply to the word and power of God, beyond and against appearances. ~ John Newton


God is God. Because he is God, He is worthy of my trust and obedience. I will find rest nowhere but in His holy will that is unspeakably beyond my largest notions of what he is up to. ~ Elisabeth Elliot


What God says is best, is best, though all the men in the world are against it. ~ John Bunyan

Once upon a time, two brothers who lived on adjoining farms fell into conflict. It was the first serious rift in 40 years of farming side by side, sharing machinery and trading labor and goods as needed without a hitch. Then the long collaboration fell apart. 

It began with a small misunderstanding and it grew into a major difference, and finally it exploded into an exchange of bitter words followed by weeks of silence. 

One morning there was a knock on John’s door. He opened it to find a man with a carpenter’s toolbox. “I’m looking for a few days work,” the man said. “Perhaps you would have a few small jobs here and there. Could I help you?” 

“Yes,” said the older brother. “I do have a job for you. Look across the creek at that farm. That’s my neighbor, in fact, it’s my younger brother. Last week there was a meadow between us and he took his bulldozer to the river levee, and now there is a creek between us. Well, he may have done this to spite me, but I’ll go him one better. See that pile of lumber curing by the barn? I want you to build me a fence — an 8-foot fence — so I won’t need to see his place anymore. That’ll show him.” 

The carpenter said, “I think I understand the situation. Show me the nails and the post-hole digger, and I’ll be able to do a job that pleases you.”

The older brother had to go to town for supplies, so he helped the carpenter get the materials ready and then he was off for the day. 

The carpenter worked hard all that day measuring, sawing, nailing. 

About sunset when the farmer returned, the carpenter had just finished his job. 

The farmer’s eyes opened wide. His jaw dropped. 

There was no fence there at all. It was a bridge — a bridge stretching from one side of the creek to the other! A fine piece of work, handrails and all — and the neighbor, his younger brother, was coming across, his hand outstretched. 

“You are quite a fellow to build this bridge after all I’ve said and done.” 

The two brothers met at the middle of the bridge, taking each other’s hand. They turned to see the carpenter hoist his toolbox on his shoulder. “No, wait! Stay a few days. I’ve a lot of other projects for you,” said the older brother. 

“I’d love to stay on,” the carpenter said, “but I have so many more bridges to build.” 


~ retrieved from on September 8, 2016.