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April 20
Then David and his men, which were about six hundred, arose and departed out of Keilah, and went whithersoever they could go. And it was told Saul that David was escaped from Keilah; and he forbare to go forth. And David abodein the wilderness in strong holds, and remained in a mountain in the wilderness of Ziph. And Saul sought him every day . . .
1 Samuel 23:13-14 (a)
Ziph literally means “refining place.” What a great place for David to go - a place where God will refine him. In the refining process, a smelter would heat ore to the point that it became liquid, with all of the impurities burned away. The smelter would know the process was complete when he could look in the pot of liquid ore and see his own face. So too, the Lord says, “I’m going to allow the heat to be turned up a bit, to burn out the impurities in you so that people might see something of Me in your life.”

C. H. Spurgeon said that affliction is the tuner of the harp and the sanctifier of the son. I like that. How did David have such intimacy with the Lord, such passion for the Lord, such understanding of the Lord that He could write the psalms he wrote? His passion, wisdom, and understanding came from places like Ziph and Keilah - where people were chasing him down, where he was betrayed by people he had helped, where he would feel forsaken and alone - where God could deal with him.

How long does the process of affliction or refining go on? Longer than you might think. It takes awhile for the impurities to be burnt off, for the reflection of His face to be seen from my life or yours.
This Daily Devotional is an excerpt from the book "A Day of Feasting" by Pastor Jon. "A Day of Feasting" is a collection of 365 short devotions from the Old Testament books of Joshua through Malachi.  If you would like your own copy of "A Day of Feasting" you may click here to go to the SearchLight Store