He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Psalm 23:3 (NKJV)

Many times in the Psalms, David cried out to God to “restore,” “revive,” and “refresh” his soul. He uttered some pleas out of a sense of desperation. Others came out of his desire to know God more intimately. David was seeking a fresh encounter with God. You, too, often need times of renewed spiritual vitality.

Although fresh encounters with God cannot be programmed or scheduled, they seldom happen apart from a lifestyle of meditation on God’s Word combined with honest prayer. God can break into your life explosively and suddenly or quietly and gradually. But when He does, you sense His presence anew. You are keenly aware of the Holy Spirit’s active ministry within.

You walk with a new assurance of God’s help. Your problems may stay, your circumstances may remain, but you know God is in control. You are focused on His adequacy, not your inadequacy.

There is no end to the seasons of fresh encounters you may have with God. You can never exhaust His fullness. Personal encounters with God will help you see your weaknesses and magnify the awesome reality of Christ’s love for you. They can refresh the driest soul.

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