1 Samuel 30:6 David was greatly distressed because the men were talking about stoning him; each one was bitter in spirit because of his sons and daughters. But David FOUND STRENGTH IN THE LORD HIS GOD.
STRENGTHEN according to my Collins dictionary means: to fortify, brace up, consolidate, ENCOURAGE, GIVE NEW ENERGY TO, etc.
In other words, we can read this sentence like this: But David ENCOURAGED HIMSELF IN THE LORD HIS GOD.
This morning, I had plans to write on a different topic altogether. But as I was conversing with my husband, I felt the Lord leading me into this direction. The Lord made it clear to me that there are many out there who need not to be encouraged, BUT TO ENCOURAGE THEMSELVES IN THE LORD.
What do I mean by ENCOURAGING YOURSELF IN THE LORD? Let’s go back to the storyline in 1 Samuel 30. David was not yet the King of Israel….but Prophet Samuel had already anointed him as the next king of Israel. The mantle of kingship had already be passed on to David, yet he wasn’t yet at his rightful position. King Saul had plotted more than once to kill him, but he had escaped to the land of the Philistines. Together with six hundred men, he settled in the land of Gath with Achish, son of the King of Gath….and joined his army. On several occasion, he went out with his men to raid the surrounding lands, leaving no man or woman alive but came back to Achish with sheep, cattle, donkey etc. Achish thought David was no longer loyal to his countrymen…and even when the time came for the Philistines to face the Israelites in battle, Achish included him and his men in their army.
But as they were preparing to enter into the battlefield, the rulers of the Philistines army who didn’t approve of David…because they already knew of his earlier conquest against them asked Achish to send him back to his place of assignment, that is, Ziklag. While the Philistines went up to face the Israelites, David and his men went back to Ziklag and Negev only to find it burned down, and their wives and children carried off by the Amalekites. The men…cried out so loud until they had NO MORE STRENGTH LEFT. But in that moment of deep anger and frustration, they even considered MOB JUSTICE against David. And although he had also lost his wives, sons and daughters into the captives’ hands, he did something amazingly different. HE FOUND ROOM TO REMEMBER HIS GOD!
Is that you? Are you so frustrated and confused at the circumstances that surrounds you at this moment in time? How can you encourage yourself in the Lord?
I believe David spoke back to the Lord…of the things God has promised and spoken over his life: He knew that God had anointed and approved him as the next King of Israel. And even though the circumstances in his current life did not seem to march up with that fact…the Spirit of the Lord which has come upon him with power upon his anointing was still manifest. I Samuel 16:13
And the same Spirit that rested upon David is still manifest in you today. ENCOURAGE YOURSELF IN THE LORD by:
– Speaking back His promises
– Inquiring before the Lord
– Recalling His past faithfulness
– Remembering the finished work at the cross
– Understanding that all things work together for good
– Praying and fasting etc.
My friends, I pray that you will find STRENGTH IN THE LORD TODAY…and renew your testimony, that THE LORD IS GOOD!