The best place to go when you desperately need to be refreshed
From Psalms: A 28-Day Devotional
While running from Saul, David takes refuge in the desert of Judah. David is thirsty and hot, in need of basic physical provisions. But it’s spiritual thirst, not physical thirst, that he sings of in Psalm 63.
“You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water” (Psalm 63:1).
Desperation drives us to lean on God completely.
The desperation of being in the desert drives David to lean on God completely. Instead of focusing on his circumstances, David focuses on his Savior. He remembers feeling God’s presence and he dwells on God’s love, which is “better than life.” And as David focuses on God’s character, he finds the strength to survive.
While we aren’t hiding in deserts or running from a murderous king, we still face difficulty. If you've ever heard the saying, "God will never put more on you than you can handle," you know it's a lie. God often allows us to experience more than we can handle so we can learn to depend on Him.
What is your desert? However dry and thirsty you are, allow God to be your refuge. Desperate times can be seasons of great spiritual growth when we learn to rely on Him.
- Is there any area of your life that feels like a desert?
- What is one truth about God's character that you need to remember to refresh you in the desert?
- Think about the last long season of difficulty you faced. What did you learn about God during that time that you couldn't have experienced any other way?