Psalm 19: 7-9 (ESV)
7 The law of the Lord is perfect,
reviving the soul;
the testimony of the Lord is sure,
making wise the simple;
8 the precepts of the Lord are right,
rejoicing the heart;
the commandment of the Lord is pure,
enlightening the eyes;
9 the fear of the Lord is clean,
the rules of the Lord are true,
and righteous altogether.
Now that my husband and I have cell phones, we have to pay attention to the battery level. If we don’t recharge the batteries every couple of days, we could be in a tight spot if one of us needed to make a call in an emergency and our phone battery was dead.
People are like phones, in that way, too. We need to be recharged or we get run down and can’t function effectively. We take vacations every year to recharge, though we often come home tired. We go on retreats to recharge spiritually. We recharge in other ways, too — through exercise or reading or listening to music. All of these are ways to refresh yourself. And there’s nothing wrong with that.
But even while we take time to recharge physically, mentally and emotionally, we often forget that we need spiritual renewal. If we aren’t regularly spending time with God — through Bible study, prayer, worship and service — we’re neglecting an essential part of our development as Christians.
David understood this and writes repeatedly about the importance of being in tune with God. Look at the words he uses to describe the benefits: reviving, making wise, rejoicing, enlightening, enduring. Being in tune with God is refreshment for the soul.
As we prepare for a busy fall, with new activities at church and school, don’t neglect time spent with God so that you are recharged and ready for what lies ahead.