Truth for the Times
Daily Devotions With Calvary Vista Pastors
A Psalm of David When He Was in the Wilderness of Judah
O God, You are my God;
Early will I seek You;
My soul thirsts for You;
My flesh longs for You
In a dry and thirsty land
Where there is no water.
So I have looked for You in the sanctuary,
To see Your power and Your glory.
Because Your lovingkindness is better than life,
My lips shall praise You.
Thus I will bless You while I live;
I will lift up my hands in Your name.
My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness,
And my mouth shall praise You with joyful lips.
King David was not a stranger to seasons spent in the wilderness. We know that God prepared David to a man after His own heart through many trials that he faced while he dwelt in the wilderness.
The Bible tells us that God uses seasons in the wilderness to try, test, and teach our hearts about His faithfulness. (See Deuteronomy 8:2-3)
When we find ourselves in seasons in the wilderness, we can respond in one of two ways: defeat or dependence on God. David was in a tough place and he could have easily given up on God. But he didn’t. David chose to depend on the Lord. He did this by intentionally seeking God early in the morning and to make the place where he dwelt into a sanctuary.
What would it look like if you made your home, workplace, or car a sanctuary? What would the service flow of your sanctuary look like?
Read Psalm 100
-What did the Psalmist do and say in his sanctuary?
-How can you lead your “home church” in these practices?
In these strange days, I believe the Lord is teaching us that, wherever we go, we have an assured audience with Him. As Children of God, we are able to enter boldly into His presence (see Hebrews 4:14-16) and make a sanctuary wherever we find ourselves.
During this global Sabbath, let’s be intentional about making our dwelling places a sanctuary for the Spirit of God. Let’s be tearing down our idols and be resting and re-centering our lives in the presence of God. Fathers, mothers, heads of households, you are now God’s chosen “HomeGroup” Leader for your “home sanctuary.”
Calvary Vista, let us remember that God will teach us how to lead our sanctuaries well because He is the Shepherd and Overseer of our souls. (see 1 Peter 2:25)
May God richly bless you and keep you today and forevermore! May His Spirit encompass, dwell, and rest upon your wilderness sanctuary.
For further encouragement and study: Read Psalm 63, Psalm 100, Acts 2:42, 1 Peter 4:10