Christian Fellowship Church Of Largo
“A SPECIAL SHELTER”
“All who are oppressed may come to Him. He is a refuge for them in their times of troubles. All those who know your mercy, Lord, will count on you for help for you have never yet forsaken those who trust in you.” Psalm 9:9-10 LB
More than ever we need a little sanctuary, a shelter where we can retreat for awhile when our body and soul needs a refreshing! Multitudes of problems and ongoing difficulties seem to oppress people and drain their energies and joy! Do you have that secret place where you can be alone with the Lord? Sometimes just a walk around the block or even in your own yard where you can enjoy a few moments of solitude will breathe new life back into your soul and spirit!
There are so many distractions and noise that works against our quiet time, yet over and over, the Lord tells us we need to get away from the hustle and bustle and rest in Him for awhile! It is in His presence our souls find their refuge! When you have quieted your mind and taken control of run away thoughts, your mind is free to release those heavy burdens and pressures that wear us down! “My Presence shall go with thee, and I will give you rest.” Exodus 33:14 KJV
Sometimes a quiet stroll along a pretty pathway makes you suddenly aware of the songs of nature! The whistle or warble of a nearby bird or the trickle of gently flowing waters begins to soothe your soul! You notice the beauty of God’s creation with a thankful heart! “He restores my soul” Psalm 23:3a
There are many kinds of spiritual storms that come against God’s people to wear them out! Once our physical bodies and minds get weary, the Enemy of our soul takes advantage! I am reminded of King David, who in spite of his palace and privilege faced so many hard trials from family as well as his foes! Yet, in the midst of all these things, David sought the Lord God Jehovah, who brought him victory time and time again! How about you and I? Do we too, seek the Lord in the midst of our troubles? After the LORD delivered David from his enemies, he wrote a song of praise unto the Lord!
“Jehovah is my rock, my fortress, and my Savior. I will hide in God, who is my rock and my refuge. He is my shield and my salvation, my refuge and high tower. Thank you, O my Savior, for saving me from all my enemies.” 2 Samuel 22:2-3 LB
What or who is your enemy? They are probably much different from mine, yet the battles are just as fierce! We need that special shelter that we can run into and feel safe again! Jesus and his disciples were becoming exhausted because of the demands of the crowds put on them! When we consider that even Jesus and his disciples needed a place of refuge, a shelter to rest in and solitude, why do we just try to keep up that tiring pace? The Lord wants his people to have a good balance in life for rest and reflection of His goodness to you!
“The apostles now returned to Jesus from their tour and told him all they had done and what they said to the people they visited. Then Jesus suggested, “Let’s get away from the crowds for awhile and rest.” For so many people were coming and going they scarcely had time to eat! So they left by boat for a quieter spot.” Mark 6:30-32 LB
When we become too tired, we cannot think straight! We begin to doubt His great love for us and it seems when we cry out to Him (while we are on the “run”?) and we fail to see any answers, we wonder where is He! Listen to Asaphs’ (worship leader!) troubled plea! It seems he was totally frustrated! He wanted immediate relief, yet it seemed to elude him!
“I cry unto the Lord; I call and call unto Him. O that He would listen, I am in deep trouble and I need His help so much. All night long I pray, lifting up my hands to heaven, pleading. There can be no joy for me until He acts. I think of God and moan, overwhelmed with longing for His help. I cannot sleep until You act. I am too distressed even to pray!” Psalm 77:1-4 LB
As Asaph reflects on God’s goodness, his thoughts begin to change! When we get too weary, we need that special shelter or refuge where we can find His sweet rest again!
“I will remember the deeds of the LORD; yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago. I will meditate on all your works and consider all your mighty deeds. Your ways are holy, what god is so great as our God?” Psalm 77:11-13 NIV
David gives us a wise pattern to follow when you meditate before going to sleep at night. “I lie awake at night thinking of you, of how much you have helped me, how I rejoice through the night beneath the protecting shadow of your wings.” Psalm 63:6-7 LB
“The Eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms.” Deut.33:27aLB What a comfort to know that when we need a special shelter and place of rest, the Lord will hold us in his arms and never get weary of doing that for us!
“Honor and majesty are before Him; strength and beauty are in His sanctuary, let us honor Him with our praises!” Psalm 96:6 KJ
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Mary Mayko is Christian Fellowship's Adult Sunday School Teacher, Church Elder and one of our counselors. Mary also has the pulpit one Tuesday night a month to deliver Gods Word. She has penned inspirational poetry and writings for over 30 years.
I TRUST THESE SCRIPTURES AND WRITINGS WILL ENCOURAGE YOUR HEART AND BUILD YOUR FAITH AS YOU READ THROUGH THEM! Our prayer for this website is that it continues to be a source of encouragement and blessings to all who have stopped by for a visit with us! Mary Mayko
“A RESTING PLACE”
Isn’t this the place we love the very best?
The place where one can find perfect peace and rest!
The Presence of God will quiet our mind
So new wisdom and strength we’ll surely find!
This load now, is so heavy and I feel so tired!
Is this really the burden my LORD has required?
What are these thoughts that cause me to doubt?
I must examine them and quickly and toss them out!
The LORD does give us burdens, more than a few,
And has since the beginning, so this is nothing new!
So why should we worry and start to fret
And all God’s faithfulness, we soon forget!
He has promised to always give unto us
His perfect peace and rest as in Him we trust!
He is there to help us carry our heaviest load
When we are yoked with Him on that long hard road!
He will give us that place of sweet peace and rest
And the confidence we need to pass each test!
Just being in His Presence helps to soothe our mind,
Renewal and grace with faith is what we now find!
“Come unto Me” He says, to find your rest and peace,
Though you face many trials, your joy will not cease!
This is the place we love the very best,
In His Presence we find that true peace and rest!
“Come unto Me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Matt.11:28 KJV