He brought me out into a spacious place;
he rescued me because he delighted in me.
Psalm 18:19

It’s not claustrophobia that causes my spirit to do cartwheels when reading this verse, but the simple wonder of it all.

David knew much about cramped places. While on the run from Saul he spent many a day crouched in the cleft of a rock or sleeping in deep dark caves. But he also knew much about deliverance and the freedom that inevitably followed, as stated in verse 19.

Most of us won’t find ourselves hiding in a dark cave (especially those of us who define camping as staying in the nearby Comfort Inn) — but what about these cramped places?

  • an unteachable spirit
  • a difficult relationship or a dead-end job
  • fears
  • discontentment
  • feelings of hopelessness
  • bitterness

Choosing to emerge from our cramped places of refuge frees the Holy Spirit to usher us into spacious places of immense peace, boundless joy, limitless opportunities, and unfathomable forgiveness.

Spacious places to run, not hide — places created for cartwheels, not confinement.

What spacious place could your Father be calling you to enter today?

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