FRIDAY 17 June, 2016
Now the king and all the people who were with him became weary; so they refreshed themselves there. - 2 Samuel 16:14
Notice, David and his servants were physically exhausted––their escape from the city would have caused them to use all their energy without much rest.They had endured much, including Shimei who had thrown insults, stones and kicked up dust at them. It was necessary and wise for them to all rest as they had become extremely weary.
David was acquainted with resting in the Lord. It is believed that he wrote Psalm 23 during his escape from Saul. Others believed it was penned towards the peaceful end of his life. Whether in times of war or peace, his experiences of intimacy and rest with God are reflected:
He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul …You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over - (Psalm 23:2-3, 5).
How we need to learn from this shepherd leader who became king. He saw the Lord as His Shepherd who led him to green pastures to rest and be fully restored. Even though his enemies may have been close at hand, he still experienced a spiritual feast of fellowship with the Lord.
It is important to realize when you have reached a place in your life where you need to rest. One reason people do not have longevity in ministry is because they do not take care of themselves. Our body and spirit needs to recover from physical and spiritual exertion. Take time to restore your soul; be alone with God so He can speak to you, then your mind and heart will be clear.
Restin the Lord, and wait patiently for Him…
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