Daily Devotional: Where to find refreshment

2 Samuel 16:13-14 (Amplified Bible)

13So David and his men went by the road, and Shimei went along on the hillside opposite David and cursed as he went and threw stones and dust at him.

14And the king and all the people who were with him came [to the Jordan] weary, and he refreshed himself there.

Soaking in God's love This surely had to have been one of the most miserable days of King David’s life. His son Absalom had just led a revolt against him, and he was forced to flee, all the while being scorned and cursed by political opportunists. At the end of this horrible experience, it says David “refreshed himself”. How could he get refreshed after such an awful day? Perhaps, as David had often done, he found “strength in the Lord his God”[1 Samuel 30:6].

One habit that helped David find strength to overcome adversity was Scripture meditation. He wrote many verses in the psalms about meditation on God’s Word, and undoubtedly meditation was a daily part of his life. Focusing on god and on his loving character helped David survive the slander and plots against him. God’s Word calmed his fears and helped him trust in God’s gracious care.

That is just how it should be in our lives today! As the circumstances of life assail us, we can find peace and assurance as we meditate on the Word of God.

Turn to the psalms and find a verse that speaks of God’s character. take time to meditate on the truth found in that verse.


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