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Jul 30, 2013

Israel - Day 8

Today was a dream come true. Today we hiked around the caves where David and his men hid. This was the most difficult climbing we’ve done, but it was also the most rewarding. This is one of the most spectacular locations I have ever visited. It has left me almost speechless. We climbed about 400 meters up, still barely at sea level, to discover areas of lush vegetation, waterfalls and pools of natural spring water. I had always thought only of how difficult this time was for King David. Anointed as king, he was forced to run for his life and hide in caves from Saul. Today as we worshipped in the caves and swam in the pools, I gained a whole new perspective. I can see David and his men enjoying the simple life in the hills. I can imagine him ruling in Jerusalem, thinking fondly of his time overlooking the Dead Sea. It’s such an amazing picture of how God operates in our lives. There are times that He will bring you into what looks like a dry, desert season. But even in that place God will supply springs of refreshing water. Even the most difficult of trials can be counted as joy when we are relying on Him. Even in the worst circumstances of life, we can still walk in the blessing and favour of The Lord. As David said:

The Lord is my shepherd;
I shall not want.
He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still waters.
He restores my soul;
He leads me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil;
For You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil;
My cup runs over.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
All the days of my life;
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord
Forever.

(Psalm 23) 

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Luke Price

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