1Sam 30:6 says, “And David was greatly distressed; for the people spoke of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the LORD his God.” David and his men had been running around the country fleeing King Saul, as well as fighting foreign enemies. When they returned to the Ziklag, where their wives and children had been staying, they found the city burned, and their wives and children taken captive by the Amalekites. After he and his men had wept until no more tears came, his men turned on him and wanted to stone him. You could say David was having a really bad day.
Have you ever felt that way? Have things happened in your life that caused you to weep until there are no tears left? Has it ever seemed like everyone was against you? How did you handle it? How did David handle it? He encouraged himself in The Lord.
For the Christian, church should be the place where you can come and be built up and encouraged. A place where Brothers and Sisters come around you and pray and edify you. However, what if something happens on a Monday? Do you have to be depressed and hopeless until the next Sunday? What if you are out of town? What if you are by yourself? You see, if you always depend on other people encouraging you, you will be at a loss when those people aren’t there. It is essential that we learn to encourage ourselves in The Lord.
David had no place to go. His enemies wouldn’t help him, and his friends wanted to kill him. He had no place to look but up. When everyone else fails you, God never does. When other people abandon you, God never will. He is always there, willing and waiting to help you. Yet, David did not come to this place overnight. He had a lifetime of encouraging himself in the Lord. He was prepared. He had prepared His heart to seek God, so when this crisis came, he didn’t fall apart. He did what he had always done.
We see in Michtam 57 (a golden psalm), that David knew how to encourage himself in the Lord. This Psalm reveals David’s thoughts during the incident in 1Sam 24 when he could have killed Saul in the cave. We learn in this Psalm several ways to encourage ourselves, and we should apply them to our lives.
1. Know you are under God’s protection (Ps 57:1, 91:1-2). Like little chicks that find shade and safety under their mother’s wings, we can rest in the fact that God covers His children and watches out for them. We can rest in His loving arms.
2. Know that God is working out His perfect plan in your life (Ps 57:2, 138:8, Philp 1:6, Heb 13:20-21). Do you love God? Are you called according to His purpose? Then He will work all things together for your good (Rom 8:28). He will work in you His well pleasing purpose. You don’t have to worry.
3. Know that he has already sent your answer in Jesus Christ (Ps 57:3, 43:3, Jn 1:17). He sent his mercy and truth; His light and truth; His grace and truth - when He sent Jesus. Jesus is your answer! We have every spiritual blessing in Christ (Eph 1:3)! God’s not holding out on you! He’s given you His Best in Jesus!
4. Trust God to avenge you of your enemies (Ps 57:4, 58:6). You don’t have to seek revenge for yourself. God knows the truth, and will defend you. He will justly judge your enemies (Rom 12:19). Leave it in God’s hands.
5. God is always going to win, so we that are His children will partake of that victory (Ps 57:5, Isa 2:17).
6. Know that your enemies will fall into the trap that they lay for you (Ps 57:6, Prv 26:27). Just like Haman In the Book of Esther, they will be hung on the gallows they prepared for you.
7. Fix, settle, & prepare your heart in Truth (Ps 57:7). If you do not prepare your heart, you will do evil (2Chr 12:14). An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure. If you fail to prepare, then be prepared to fail. We must prepare our hearts now by seeking God and knowing His Word, in order to do the right thing when a challenge is presented in our lives. God can only keep that which we have committed (2Tim 1:12). If there is never any committing, there will not be keeping.
8. Talk to yourself (Ps 57:8, 43:5). Tell yourself to read the Bible. Tell yourself to pray. Tell yourself to praise God. Tell yourself to get off the pity pot. Self talk is important.
9. Praise God (Ps 57:9-11). Praise Him always. Praise Him without ceasing. Praise Him in every circumstance. There is strength in praise. There is power in praise. There is life in praise. Take the next 5 minutes and just praise God!
Remember: it came….. To pass. Trouble did not come to stay. Trials did not come to remain. This to shall pass. Don’t quit God. Don’t give up on church. Don’t turn your back on Jesus. You will come through it! What ever you are going through… you are going through! David faced many trials, but he went through them! The promises of God were fulfilled! Just keep on keeping on! Encourage yourself in The Lord! Until next time, rejoice in The Lord!