Day 84 | Austin Davis

“For the enemy has pursued my soul; he has crushed my life to the ground; he has made me sit in darkness like those long dead. Therefore my spirit faints within me; my heart within me is appalled.” (Psalm 143:3-4)
There are many times in life where we are dragged down by the enemy; dragged deep enough sometimes it’s hard to remember that there is light above. The enemy comes in many forms: overwhelming stresses in life, the loss of someone loved, or failure of any kind. These experiences can overwhelm and darken life if the power is given to them.
“I remember the days of old; I meditate on all that you have done; I ponder the work of your hands. I stretch out my hands to you; my soul thirsts for you like parched land.” ( Psalm 143:5-6)
This verse follows shortly after David’s low moment. It can be either interpreted as a negative reminiscence or it can be seen as a positive nostalgia.

We experience both of these types of remembrance during our walk with God. The type of memories that reassure us that our God is on our side and with us, and the memories that make us frustrated that God isn’t present in the same way now.

Just because God isn’t showing himself in the same way he did in the past, doesn’t mean that he isn’t there. We should look back with the intent to move forward with the things of the past; not away from the past. Who we are and what our relationship is with God was formed in the past, and we need to own that so in dark times, we can embrace the power and love of God.

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