S – Psalm 84:5-6 “What joy for those whose strength comes from the Lord, who have set their minds on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem. When they walk through the Valley of Weeping, it will become a place of refreshing springs. The autumn rains will clothe it with blessings.”
O – Bear with me, I’m going show more scripture here than normal. I’m actually in tears right now. God is comforting me this morning. A few verses earlier, the Psalmist writes: “I long, yes, I faint with longing to enter the courts of the Lord. With my whole being, body and soul, I will shout joyfully to the living God” (Psalm 84:2). Several verses later we read: “A single day in your courts is better than a thousand anywhere else! I would rather be a gatekeeper in the house of my God than live the good life in the homes of the wicked” (Psalm 84:10).
In times of pain, our time with the Lord is where we find “refreshment” and “blessing.” In another part of our One Year Bible reading for today we read: “I have not sent these prophets, yet they run around claiming to speak for me. I have given them no message, yet they go on prophesying. If they had stood before me and listened to me, they would have spoken my words, and they would have turned my people from their evil ways and deeds” (Jeremiah 23:21-22).
A – I am being deeply convicted and convinced of my need and desire for time with the Lord. I am going to rest in His Word and the Holy Spirit through a time of pain.
P – Lord, I feel your refreshing rain. Thank you for your comfort. Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere.
Are you in “ the Valley of Weeping?” Spend time with the Lord today.
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