“David was greatly distressed, for the people talked of stoning him, because all the people were bitter in spirit, each over his sons and daughters. But David encouraged himself in the LORD his God.” 1 Samuel 30:6
Before David was king; he spent many years running from King Saul who wanted to take his life. In 1 Samuel 27, David fled from King Saul yet again, this time to Gath; the country of the Philistines. The king of Gath gave David and all of Judah permission to live in the country of the Philistines; specifically, a place called Ziklag. Fast forward to chapter 30 where the Philistines were ready to go up against King Saul and Israel. David was going to join them until the Philistines contested against it. While the king of Gath had found no fault in David, he honored the request of the Philistines to not permit David to join them in battle lest he turn against them and try to rejoin King Saul and the army of Israel. David honored the king’s wishes and returned to Ziklag, only to learn that the Amalekites raided Ziklag; burning the place down; in addition to taking captive their wives, children and all who were in there. They wept as a people for what had been done against them. The people then blamed David and he was grieved because the people talked about stoning him for what had occurred. At that very moment, the Bible says that David encouraged himself in the Lord his God.
David found himself in a situation where all who were with him were against him and he had no one to encourage him in his time of need. But David knew the Lord his God. So he remembered the goodness of His God and he would remind himself of what the Lord had already done in his life. The book is Psalms, is full of songs written mostly by David in the different seasons of his life; many when he found himself alone.
There will be times in our lives when we will need to encourage ourselves in the Lord. God will allow us to be in a situation to remind us of His goodness; to remind us of what He has done on our behalf in the past; to remind us of times when He has given us the victory. When no one else is present to give us a word of encouragement or lift us up when we need it most; that is when we will need to speak to our inner man and encourage ourselves in the Lord. Sometimes we need to tell our soul “Why are you downcast O my soul? And why are you disquieted in me? Hope in God, for I will yet thank Him for the help of His presence. (Psalm 42:5). Sometimes we must tell our inner man “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless His holy name.” Psalm 103:1 despite how we feel and how the situation looks. Sometimes we need to remind ourselves that if He showed up before, He’ll do it again.
Maybe you find yourself in a position where you need encouragement but no one is around to lift you up or give you a word that will speak life to your situation. That’s okay; now is the perfect time to get in the word of God and allow the Holy Spirit to speak directly to you. Stir yourself up in prayer, in praise and worship; in reading the Word of God. It is in that secret place with the Lord where we begin to feel encouraged; strengthened and renewed.
Pray, worship, praise and read scripture. Remember the goodness of God and all that He has already done for you. Stand firm in faith knowing that if He did it before, He’ll do it again. Bless Him, honor Him, exalt Him, worship Him for it will encourage you in the Lord. Be blessed today.