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Blog 20042020 Locked Down And Limited?

In 1 Samuel 22, David, before he is king, is in a 'stronghold' with his family and 400 men. He is running away from King Saul who is trying to kill him, and those who have joined him are described as being in distress, in debt and discontented. Perhaps that is how you’re feeling right now? Locked down in your own home or away from your family, unsure of how your finances are going to hold up and for how long, and with the prospect of having to wait it out. But God told David, “Do not stay in the stronghold. Go to the land of Judah”. Right now, we have to stay home. We can go walking or food shopping, but we can't go to Judah! Or can we? The word Judah means PRAISE. Leah, Judah’s mother, gave God praise after having her fourth son. And, we can go to a place of praise. We can give God the worship He is due. Praise is the right response in any situation, and a perfect antidote to the temptation to go under when we are feeling tormented, harassed or overwhelmed. We can’t ignore what’s going on around us right now, but let’s not ignore what God can do in this time, in us, around and ‘for’ us. Let’s move from a place of lockdown to a place of praise, praising Him for His faithfulness, provision, sovereignty and perfect plans. And watch what He does in response!

Posted by Marianne Needham-Bennett
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