O LORD, “refine me” I pray you are spending time in the Soul Room with God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. I pray you are not being robbed of your time with God, in His presence, as He ministers to your every need and reveals His purposes and ways. This month I want to go to a scripture in 1Samuel 23:12-14: 12) Then David said, “Will the men of Keilah deliver me and my men into the hand of Saul?” And the Lord said, “They will deliver you.” 13) So David and his men, about six hundred, arose and departed from Keilah and went wherever they could go. Then it was told Saul that David had escaped from Keilah: so he halted the expedition. 14) And David stayed in strongholds in the wilderness, and remained in the mountains in the wilderness of Ziph, Saul sought him every day, but God did not deliver him into his hand.
Ziph literally means “refining place.” What a great place for David to go – a place where God will refine him. In the refining process, a smelter would heat ore to the point that it became liquid, with all the impurities burned away. The smelter would know the process was complete when he could look in the pot of liquid ore and see his own face, So to the Lord says to us, “I’m going to allow the heat to be turned up a bit, to burn out the impurities in you so that people might see something of Me in your life.”
C.H. Spurgeon said that affliction is the tuner of the harp and the sanctifier of the son. I like that. How did David have such intimacy with the Lord, such passion for the Lord, such understanding of the Lord that He could write the psalms he wrote? His passion, wisdom and understanding came from places like Ziph and Keilah – where people were chasing him down, where he was betrayed by people he had helped, where he would feel forsaken and alone – where God could deal with him.
If you will read all of chapter 23 in 1Samuel you will see David after saving the people of Keilah from the Philistines had to leave Keilah ( to come from) and went to Ziph ( refining place).
Sometimes the Lord will take us from a place were He is doing a mighty work through us into a place of refining. My question to you is how will you respond when God does this in your life? You see this is a part of our walk with God it will happen and sometimes it will be longer than we would like. Please know that through it all God is strengthening and preparing you as He was David for a great and mighty work in and through Him. This is a time for each of us to enter into a more intimate relationship with the Lord as He purifies us removing the impurities so that people will see His reflection in us. Amen.
Prayer To God O LORD, come with your fire, burn my desires, refine me. Father, my will has deceived me won’t you please come and free me from my desires within me, refine me. Father I pray, your will in me in order to free me, Your desires in me, refine me. O FATHER, please come and free me, come with Your fire, burn the impurities from me, refine me. My heart can’t see when I only look at me My soul can’t hear when I look at my own fear Please rescue this child that I may be reconciled Refine me, O LORD, Refine me
Trusting In Him, Pastor Ronnie Holderby Rock Church, MOTR Men’s Pastor