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Where Is Your Refuge?

While running from Saul, David takes refuge in the desert of Judah. David is thirsty and hot, in need of basic physical provisions. But it’s spiritual thirst, not physical thirst, that he sings of in Psalm 63:

“You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water.” (Psalm 63:1)

The desperation of being in the desert drives David to lean on God completely. Instead of focusing on his circumstances, David focuses on his Savior. He remembers feeling God’s presence and he dwells on God’s love, which is “better than life.” And as David focuses on God’s character, he finds the strength to survive.

Although we aren’t hiding in the desert from a king who wants to kill us, we still face difficulty. Desperate times can be seasons of great spiritual growth when we learn to rely on God. What is your desert? However dry and thirsty you are, allow God to be your refuge.


  • Is there any area of your life that feels like a desert? 
  • What is one truth about God's character that you need to remember to refresh you in the desert? If you are not in a desert now, what is one thing you can do to remember this truth when you're in the desert in the future?
  • What is one step you can take today to go to God as your refuge in the desert?

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