Times of Refreshing

“I lay down and slept; I woke again, for the Lord sustained me” (Psalm 3:5).

David wrote Psalm 3 after he fled from his son Absalom who plotted to take his life. Absalom rebelled against David and managed to turn many of the people in Israel against him. His plan was to kill his father and overthrow him as King. David had to run away from his Palace in order to escape from Absalom. In the end David and his men outwitted Absalom and he was overpowered and defeated. David mourned for his son as he did not wish for any harm to come to him. Despite David’s grief, he recalled how the Lord kept him safe. His song was one of deliverance and salvation from his enemies (2 Samuel 15-18).

“But you, O Lord, are a shield about me, my glory, and the lifter of my head” (Psalm 3:3). David sang of God’s faithfulness in answering him when he cried out to him for help. He often sang about gaining courage from his faith in God who always rescued him from his enemies. David always had a song about God’s goodness and faithfulness. He spent time in the presence of the Lord and came away refreshed and strengthened.

There is a peace that only comes from being in the presence of God. When we surrender our worries and cares to him, we are able to rest in the assurance that he has everything in control. God surrounds us with his love and faithfulness and daily loads us with benefits. Even when things seem unstable and uncertain, we are at peace when we know that we are in the will of God. Like David, our hunger should be for the things of God. “As a deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God” (Psalm 42:1-2)?

Burdens are lifted when we stay in his presence. Yokes are destroyed and there is healing when we stay close to God. There are answers that can only be found in the presence of God. When we seek the Lord, he will answer and he will surround us with his presence. Everything that we need can be found in God.

A.P.-Y.

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