Psalms 32:7, “Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance.” The theme of Psalms chapter 32 is, “Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven.” Repenting of ones sins to Jesus Christ has many wonderful consequences; imputing of righteousness without works, eternal life, peace with God through the blood of Jesus. Psalms 32:7 tells us more of the good consequences of repentance of sin: To no longer be absent from the presence of Jesus as unsaved people are, (Ephesians 2:12), “strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world.”
When you turn from your sins to Jesus, Jesus becomes your hiding place. The words “hiding place” can be translated, “absent.” The lost people of this world have no faith, and therefore to them God is absent from their lives. Once you turn from your sins to Jesus, and the seed of faith by the Word of God is planted into your heart, Jesus becomes your hiding place.
The greatest problem of men is the failure to repent of sins. Men tend to turn away from the truth and to hide from Jesus in their hearts and in their minds. How unrepentant of sin man can be. This is the tragedy of the human race; the failure of men to repent of their sins to Jesus who suffered so much and died for the sins of the world. The Gospel, the truth of God’s Word, and the presence of God, is ‘absent’ from their hearts and minds.
We live in the last days. There is a falling away. Someday soon Jesus is going to return and take his children from the earth. In that day the wickedness of man will have become so great that it will be time for the great tribulation when God shall judge the nations and bring great woe upon men to try to get them to repent of their sins and turn to him.
Revelation 6:12-17, “And I Beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood; And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind. And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places. And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; and said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?”
These verses in Revelation describe for us some of the events of the great Tribulation and the terrible hardness of the hearts of men. The heart of man can become so hardened to the truth that even when a man knows God is trying to get that person to repent of sin, instead of repenting such a person will do as the wicked will do during the years of the great tribulation and refuse to repent even when facing judgment, “Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?” There is no escaping the judgment of God. Death is not an escape from the judgment of God. You cannot hide from the all-powerful Lord of Hosts who is both the Creator and Judge of all the earth. But those who repent of their sins and turn to Jesus Christ for forgiveness instead of hiding from the truth can hide in the truth. James 4:8 says, “Draw nigh to God, and He will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double-minded.”
Jesus is a shelter in the time of storm. Jesus is the hiding place of all those who turn from their sins to Him. Psalms 31:19-20 says, “Oh how great is thy goodness, which thou hast laid up for them that fear thee; which thou hast wrought for them that trust in thee before the sons of men! Thou shalt hide them in the secret of thy presence from the pride of man: thou shalt keep them secretly in a pavilion from the strife of tongues.”
Psalms 32:7 says, “Thou shalt preserve me from trouble.” The word trouble means enemy, adversary, and tribulation. When you see the word “preserve” in the Bible there are two truths that should come to mind: the preservation of God’s Word and the preservation of eternal security of the believer. These two teachings on preservation go together. God is Holy. God keeps his promises. God promised His Word is preserved forever. Psalms 12:7 says, “Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation forever.” Jesus said in Luke 21:33, “Heaven and earth shall pass away: But my words shall not pass away.” First Peter 1:24-25 says, “For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower therof falleth away: But the word of the LORD endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.”
Romans 10:17 says, “Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.” If God keeps His promises, and God has promised His Word endures forever, then it does. If faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God, what is faith based on words that do not endure forever?
Because we know God keeps His promises, we also know that what Jesus promises here in John 10:27-29 is also true, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.” The preservation of God’s Word and the eternal security of the believer go together. How are you going to know that you have eternal life if the Bible has errors in it? There are no errors in God’s Word. God has preserved His Word and God has preserved for eternity everyone that repents of their sins and turns to Jesus for salvation. Life is not eternal if it can be lost; it is temporary. Life is only eternal life if it cannot be lost.
First John 5:7-13 says, “For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and These three are one. And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one. If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for this is the witness of God which he hath testified of his Son. He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of His Son. And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.”
Notice that Jesus is called in these verses, “The Word.” Anyone, man or angel, who says the Bible is not ‘preserved’ is a liar and an anti-christ. “The Word,” both the written and the living Word, is without error and Holy. How else can Jesus be God and be the Son of God unless Jesus is Holy. How else can God’s Word be God’s Word unless it is without error and preserved forever? If we know that God’s Word is preserved forever, then we can believe what it says and we know that we too who trust in Jesus, who is “the Word,” are also preserved forever.
An attack on the preservation of God’s Word is also an attack on the eternal security of the believer and an attack on the truth that Jesus is the Son of God. This is the reason the truth about the doctrine of preservation is very important. There are no errors in the Bible. Over the past 2000 years the governments of this world have burned Bibles, banned Bibles and even promoted bad translations. Even so, God has preserved His Word. And the Bible is more abundantly available today than it ever has been in the world.
Psalms 32:7 says, “Thou shalt preserve me from trouble.” It is very important to know that the word “preserve” here can also be translated watchman. There is another word used for watchman in the Old Testament. Isaiah 21:11-12 says, “The burden of Duman. He calleth to me out of Seir, Watchman, what of the night? Watchman, what of the night? The watchman said, the morning cometh, and also the night: if ye will inquire, inquire ye: return, come.”
Even though every believer is to be a watchman, the greatest watchman of all is Jesus himself. Jesus Christ is the “Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.” (I Peter 2:25) And He is the “faithful, and true witness.” (Revelation 3:14) Jesus is the watchman who will both preserve His Word and His children from trouble. Eternal life is preservation. This is why the great hope of the child of God is the resurrection found in Jesus.
The last part of Psalms 32:7 says, “Thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance.” To have a song is to have joy. But the joy of the believer is not just any kind of joy but it a joy based upon deliverance. The word deliverance means, ‘escape.’ Everyone that finds themselves facing tribulation, death, and judgment desires to escape it. There is only one way of escape from both the tribulations of this life and the judgment against sin and that is through the deliverance found in the shed blood of Jesus Christ on the cross of Calvary.
Jesus said in Luke 4:18, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the broken hearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised.” When you think of the word “deliverance” you should think of the word redemption. To be redeemed means to be bought out of the slavery of sin. There is forgiveness of sins, imputing of righteousness, and deliverance from all trouble by trusting in Jesus Christ. The great hope, the great joy, and the great song which should be in the heart of the child of God is the song of deliverance. The day is coming when all the promises of God will be fulfilled. The day is coming when Jesus Christ shall return. The day is coming when the dead in Christ shall rise and those which are alive and remain shall be gathered into the air to be forever with Jesus. The joy of this great hope is our song of deliverance. Psalms 32:7 says, “Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance.”
Your life is only as eternal as that which your faith is based on. The only thing in this world which is eternal is the written and the living word of God. Jesus is the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end, the eternally existent one, the “I am that I am,” Jehovah. Jesus is Holy. The Word of God is Holy and without error. If you want eternal life then turn to the One who can hold you in His hand and from which no man can pluck you out: Jesus Christ. There is eternal preservation and deliverance from eternal judgment for those who repent of their sins to Jesus Christ.
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