Church @ The Park | Part 1

Kicking off Church @ The Park, Pastor Chris shares a devotional thought on the word Run. What would it look like to go back to our childhood and run like we once did on the playground? For those fleeting minuets of freedom during recess. Where nothing is holding you back. Letting nothing is keeping you from going where you want, for how long you want, doing what you want.

This is the kind of freedom and life that God wants us to live. David in Psalm 63 writes,

“God—you’re my God! I can’t get enough of you! I’ve worked up such hunger and thirst for God, traveling across dry and weary deserts. So here I am in the place of worship, eyes open, drinking in your strength and glory. In your generous love I am really living at last! My lips brim praises like fountains. I bless you every time I take a breath; My arms wave like banners of praise to you. I eat my fill of prime rib and gravy; I smack my lips. It’s time to shout praises! If I’m sleepless at midnight, I spend the hours in grateful reflection. Because you’ve always stood up for me, I’m free to run and play. I hold on to you for dear life, and you hold me steady as a post.”

David was in a horrible time in life trying to evade his enemies escaping into the Judean desert. But even in the midst of trouble he was able to experience freedom. Verse 7 says, “Because you’ve always stood up for me, I’m free to run and play.”

What is holding you back today? Almost all of us find ourself in a less than prefect situation. Maybe you are experiencing a very lonely time right now, or a confusing situation. Maybe walking in a season of fear. Almost always these times tend to last longer than we would like. But even in the midst of whatever you find yourself in, you can be free. You can run and play on the playground of your heart. Why? Because God is holding in to you. Above all He is standing up for you and is there for you. Enjoy your recess!

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