The waiting periods in our lives can feel very dry… like we're in a desert. The relief that we hope for can seem so distant. How should we handle these dry waiting seasons. Is there anything we can do?
Psalms 63:2 - I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and your glory.
David, in Psalm 63, also found himself in a desert. It was a literal desert. He was being chased and hunted down by his enemies. David was waiting for breakthrough in his life. He needed a victory. But what did David do in this period of waiting before he saw victory?
He recalled to mind the times that he had met God. Do you remember moments - maybe it was a worship time, a quiet time or a meaningful conversation - when God broke through into your life? No doubt, he has revealed himself to you in many ways. Can you name the times when you glimpsed his power or glory at work in your life? What happened to your relationship with God then? How did you feel? What was God's presence like?
Remember, David was in a desert being hunted by people when he actively recalled to mind the moments when he met God in the sanctuary. He was showing us how to find our comfort in God when we are in the very uncomfortable time of waiting. This remembrance is a choice and a practice. The natural impulse in the midst of discomfort is to turn inward. But no comfort can be found within yourself.
Remember specific moments of when you saw the power of God at work in your life. Remind yourself that he can and will do it again. Courage will come in the waiting.
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