A Refreshing Rain
by PaulDawn Dawn
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As I am sitting here on the porch this morning there is such a freshness in the air.
A smell of freshness that brings with it a sense of cleansing, a removal of staleness, dryness and the hardness of the ground as the rain begins to saturate it. The rain begins to soften the ground and brings life to everything as the rain goes deep into the ground and reaches the roots.
Is that not what the presence of the Lord and the word of God is like? It is a gentle rain to our soul, to our mind, to our heart, that as we meditate on the word, it begins to cleanse our mind of the clutter and calms our spirit so that we can receive of the Lord that which we need to sustain us each day. It is in the stillness of that time that we choose to meditate in the word that we can hear the Lord speak to our heart.
It is in the time of prayer and opening of the word, that the Lord begins to reveal Himself to us. Through the Psalms, Song of Solomon, Joshua, Matthew, Mark, both in the old and new testament that we can draw strength.
King David, He was a man after the heart of God. Yet, he was a man who made a lot of mistakes, errors in judgment, who stumbled in His walk with God, who had to deal with the inner struggles and battles of life.
But he was a man who was quick to repent, to turn away from those things that distracted him. He was a man who spent time in the word of God in the statutes of the Lord.
We read in Psalms 119:8-18 AMP I will keep Your statutes; O forsake me not utterly. (9) How shall a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed and keeping watch [on himself] according to Your word [conforming his life to it]. (10) With my whole heart have I sought You, inquiring for and of You and yearning for You; Oh, let me not wander or step aside [either in ignorance or willfully] from Your commandments. [II Chron. 15:15.] (11) Your word have I laid up in my heart, that I might not sin against You. (12) Blessed are You, O Lord; teach me Your statutes. (13) With my lips have I declared and recounted all the ordinances of Your mouth. (14) I have rejoiced in the way of Your testimonies as much as in all riches. (15) I will meditate on Your precepts and have respect to Your ways [the paths of life marked out by Your law]. [Ps. 104:34.] (16) I will delight myself in Your statutes; I will not forget Your word. (17) Deal bountifully with Your servant, that I may live; and I will observe Your word [hearing, receiving, loving, and obeying it]. [Ps. 119:97-101.] (18) Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of Your law.
We see how important the word of the Lord is to David. That He sought the Lord with his whole heart, with his whole being, with all that was within in, he inquired of the Lord. He yearn for the Lord. He desired to be taught of the Lord, it was as a treasure and gems to him. He would meditate, dwell on, think upon the word. He would delight himself in the word. He ask God to open his eyes so that he could behold the wondrous things out the word and how much more so now.
The Lord has given us His Holy Spirit to not only open the Old Testament but the New Testament to us, so that the Word becomes alive in us. I have found that as I come into His presence with an open heart towards Him, even when it is heavy, that as I meditate on the word, soak in His presence, that it is often in simplicity that the Lord speaks and makes Himself real and alive to me. No claps of thunder, no bolts of lighting, no super revelations, just simply the Lord speaking to me heart to heart, revealing Himself in love and peace, showing me how to walk in his ways and the things that need to be changed.
So be refreshed this day. Fine time to come into the presence of the Lord, to be still and know that He is God and that He desires to fellowship with you and to bring a freshness to your heart, to your mind and to your spirit.
© 2004 by Paul E. Dawn Jr.
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