David Encouraged Himself in the Lord 1Sam. 30:1-6 CLICK TITLE FOR AUDIO
David was in a place where his family was gone, his city was burned, his possessions were stolen, his men were against him and he was away from his country – he was literally all alone – and instead of despairing, David encouraged himself in the Lord – God will put you in a similar situation in your life where you feel like you are all alone – and the reason is he wants you to encourage yourself in the Lord.
David was shocked when he saw his city burned, he was grieved over the loss of his family and he was distressed when his men wanted to stone him – these kinds of things will take you down and discourage you completely – he knew his men were mad at him for following Achish into battle against Israel.
David encouraged himself in the Lord – he had to get with God before he could do anything – and when you are in such a case the Lord will use these things to draw you to him, as well.
David encouraged himself:
In the Lord’s presence – God had always been with him and he was with him at this very moment – God never leaves you, particularly in times of distress when you feel all alone – he’s right there with you.
In the Lord’s promises [prophetic] – God had promised David that he would be the king of Israel – he had been anointed by Samuel – God wasn’t going to abandon him now and wasn’t going to let his grieved men stone him – you need to trust God’s promises in times of discouragement.
In the Lord’s protection [historical] – David had seen the hand of the Lord in his protection again and again against the bear, the lion, Goliath, the Philistines, Saul and Saul’s men – the Lord would continue to protect him – you need to remember all the times that the Lord protected you.
In the Lord’s provisions [present] – the Lord had been so good to meet all of David’s needs and he was meeting David’s needs even in this trial – remember that the Lord’s provisions are abundant – when you need money to pay a bill next week it matters not whether the money is in your bank account or the Lord’s – it’ll be there for you when you need it.
Once you have courage from God then you can go on – you must trust God [usually have to be in a place like this to really trust him] – once David was encouraged then he prayed [1 Sam 30:8] and God answered his prayer – and they did recover all [1 Sam 30:18-19]. Look at the good side – they were returned from the battle in time to attack – they didn’t end up fighting in a battle in which Saul and Jonathan were killed [1 Sam 31] – they recovered all and no one was molested – they ended up with extra spoil and shared it with those from whom they had been sustained [1 Sam 30:26-31] – they weren’t ever going to need Ziklag again since they were moving back to Israel – the enemy they defeated were Amalekites Ex 17:14. In the midst of all this trouble there were a number of really good things going on. Which leads us to the last point, David encouraged himself in:
In the Lord’s perspective – David could not have seen all of these things at the moment he saw their city burned and their possessions and family’s missing; but God could see them – and we have to trust that God’s perspective is better than ours – in the Lord we can be fully encouraged.
Conclusion: you’re going to find yourself right where David was one of these days, if not today – don’t despair – the Lord is the one that got you there and he is the one who’ll get you where he wants you to be – encourage yourself in the Lord the way David encouraged himself – when you look back on a time like this you will realize it was one of the greatest things that ever happened to you.