2 Samuel 17-18

Read Psalms 3 & 63, which David wrote around this time, while he was running from Absalom and hiding in the wilderness.

Did you notice his tone?

“I lay down and slept, yet I woke up in safety.”

“I am not afraid of ten thousand enemies who surround me on every side.”

“Your unfailing love is better than life itself; how I praise you!”

As a chronic insomniac, the idea of sleeping through the night during such a fearful, unknown time really jumps out to me. Getting a good night’s sleep is the mark of a peaceful mind. David is running for his life (again) and mediates on God, proclaims his goodness and trusts in his faithfulness. When everything seems to be going wrong for him, he knows that God is still with him, and God is still good.

Here are a few practical ways to seek after God during a trial:

  1. Read your Bible, preferably out loud. My go-to book when I’m feeling clobbered by life is Philippians. It’s like I’m gulping down cold water in the desert when I get to chapter 4. There is something powerful about reading Scripture out loud, especially in the midst of hardship.
  2. Write a psalm. Feels kinda weird at first, like it needs to be put together and poetic, but it doesn’t. Vent if you need to. But I challenge you to look for God’s presence and write about that too. I notice when David writes, he pours out his heart to God (the good and the bad) with sure confidence that he was being heard. Write like that.
  3. Memorize life-giving verses. I like Zephaniah 3:17, it drenches my thoughts in truth and drowns out all the noise this world makes.

What are some things that keep you connected to God when you’re in a hard season?









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