“You gave abundant showers, O God; you refreshed your weary inheritance” (Psalm 68:9).
I love the rain. During rainstorms when I was a boy, my dad and I would sit in chairs with the garage door open to watch and listen to the rain fall. Storms show us God’s power. Rain reminds us of his love – we can’t live without it’s nourishment.
Rain washes away all the dirt so that when the sun comes out again everything is bright and clean. Probably you stand under a shower of rain everyday to get clean – doesn’t that feel good! Maybe sometimes you take a shower not so much to clean your body as to clean your soul, or at least to feel washed. If you feel violated or distressed, a shower can help to soothe your soul.
It is the shower of God’s loving presence that provides the personal nourishment we need. Of course, the Holy Spirit lives inside each one of us who trust Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior – our bodies are his temple and he provides all that we need. In another sense we need to be continually re-filled and renewed by the Spirit of Christ. It’s not so much that we need more of God, but that we can turn over more of ourselves to him – more of our attention and affection, more of our dependence and devotion.
This is why, like the Psalmist, I pray for God’s Spirit to rain down on me! Again and again I need to be cleansed of sin and also of feelings of guilt or shame even when I didn’t sin. Continually I thirst for the Living Waters. My Breath Prayer inspired by Psalm 68:9 helps me to appreciate God’s rain:
O Lord, open the heavens… Pour down your rain.
Yes Lord, refresh us… Pour down your Spirit.
Why not take a breather now? Pause to listen to God’s rain… Breathe in slowly: “O Lord, open the heavens…” Breathe out: “Pour down your rain.” Receive a God’s filling: “Yes Lord, refresh us…” Release: “Pour down your Spirit.”
In the ministry of Soul Shepherding we help Christian leaders and others to take God’s Word from their heads into their hearts. This is the source of life and power!