David suffered many wilderness experiences throughout his life. He never failed to tell God how he really felt. He praised and rejoiced. He was sad and lonely. He was discouraged and sorrowful. He was victorious and pensive. He was at peace while wrestling. He was a warrior and servant. He was a king and son. He was a mortal man like you and me. He understood the “stuff” of this life and how it could be discouraging, all consuming, and sometimes, flat out hard. Because we understand the realities of life in a fallen world, we can take comfort in the truth found in the Psalms of David. Through the Psalms, we can learn to meditate on God, speak with him intimately, and share our hearts as friends.
David begins Psalms 63:
O God, you are my God,
Earnestly I seek you;
My soul thirsts for you,
My body longs for you,
In a dry and weary land
Where there is no water…[that’s the reality of the wilderness]
Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you.
I will praise you as long as I live,
And in your name I will lift up my hands. [that’s his conscious choice to meditate on God]
Psalm 63:1, 3-4 (NIV)
While in the wilderness, we must choose to focus on God and meditate on the truths of his word.
From her own wilderness experience, my friend, Judy Douglass, has provided scriptures (including words of encouragement and admonition) for meditation during your wilderness.
May you be blessed by the truth of God that brings life. There is hope for your weary heart.
In Christ, Natasha