Ever feel like hiding out in a cave for awhile?! The lies and struggles of this world get to be too much and it has you acting like a crazy person so much that you just need a place of refuge even if it’s a cave!! David of the bible did… after acting like a person who had completely lost his mind he flees to the cave of Adullam. Funny thing that the word Adullam actually means refuge! But instead of wallowing in self pity like I probably would have done and asking God all the why, how, who, where and what questions David trusted and lifted up His praise to the One who was his strength as he humbly recalled truth. He actually even penned psalm 57 and 34 in that cave! One of my favorite stories in the bible is in 2 Chronicles 20. Jehoshaphat defeats Moab and Ammon with just praises of our God! Isn’t if interesting that when despite my emotions I begin to lift my praises to God slow but sure the enemies of my mind like…quit, its too hard or impossible, you’re not good enough etc. have no victory anymore because the focus is now on the One who’s truth has overcome! This morning I read in Genesis 32 in which Jacob filled with great fear and distress (verse 7) prays (verse 9) and how does he pray?! Jacob first addresses God as the one who is bigger than he himself is… God of my father Abraham, God of my father Isaac…recognizing He has been around a whole lot longer than himself. God give me Your perspective I pray! Jacob than goes on to recount what he had heard from God. I need to do more of this… recount where and how I’ve seen and heard God’s direction and faithfulness in the past. When I recount how I have seen God at work in my past it helps give me direction and discernment for the future as I continue to walk with Him in prayer. Verse 10 Jacob expresses humility and praise, confessing his fear he lays his request before his God and then by verse 12 Jacob ends his prayer with, But you have said…. and he rests in His promises. We can do the same!! Psalm 30:5 Reminds me that weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning. Psalm 59 Reminds me to sing of His strength (verse 16) O my Strength, I sing praise to you; you, O God, are my fortress, my loving God. – Loving God! One last thing going back to Gen. 32:20 Jacob wonders if he has done enough to be received by his brother…. I’m so very glad it is by grace through faith alone that our Father is willing to receive us all!