1 Samuel 30:6
6 Moreover David was greatly distressed because the people spoke of stoning him, for all the people were embittered, each one because of his sons and his daughters. But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God.
I received a small bit of news yesterday that was a bit discouraging. It was not a big deal, and it did not affect me directly, but rather someone close to me. The person affected was not bothered much, but I hurt on his behalf.
As I was discouraged this morning, I remembered David’s example in I Samuel 30:6. Things were completely falling apart for David and his crew, and to top it the people loyal to him were distressed to the point of contemplating getting rid of him. Rather than giving up or thrashing around for a human solution, David started by “strengthening himself in the Lord”.
How do we strengthen ourselves in the Lord? First would be to get a little quiet space and begin talking directly with Him. We can complain about how we feel, but need to do it respectfully and in light of His Sovereignty. Second might be to find a Psalm that reflects the state of our heart. And third might be to reflect on God’s unlimited love and goodness, His unlimited power, His unlimited knowledge and wisdom, and His consistent faithfulness to those who seek Him (Hebrews 11:6). Finally, we can cry out to Him for HELP!. There is no magic formula, but you will know when your heart has been strengthened in Him.
After he was strengthened in the Lord, David was able to then see clearly enough to ask God what he was supposed to do about the situation. God gave David the answer, and David charged forward with God providing the practical victory and ultimate solution.
Take a look at all of I Samuel 30 to get the whole story.
25 Whom have I in heaven but You?
And besides You, I desire nothing on earth.
26 My flesh and my heart may fail,
But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
27 For, behold, those who are far from You will perish;
You have destroyed all those who are unfaithful to You.
28 But as for me, the nearness of God is my good;
I have made the Lord God my refuge,
That I may tell of all Your works.