I Samuel 29:1-31:13 / John 12:1-12:19 / Psalm 118:1-18 / Proverbs 15:24-26
1 Samuel 30:6
“But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God”.
In this part of David's story things were looking terrible. His entire family as well as the families of his fighting men had been carried off by the Amalekites. They blamed David for the tragic circumstances and turned against him, ready to stone him.
David had a choice to either focus on the circumstances surrounding what had happened and enter in to defensive arguments with his men, OR focus on the Lord and cry out to Him for help. He chose the later - he strengthened himself in the Lord, asked for a clear word as to what he should do and then set about to do it.
He took time to stir himself in the Lord even in the face of heartache, accusation and being physically tired. The result was that he didn't get caught up in the self-defense game but instead contended for what was his and was able to recover everything just as the Lord had said he would.
Sometimes we need to simply speak the truth to ourselves and allow the Lord to fire us up so we can go about His business without getting caught up or discouraged in the swirling details. The TRUTH is this: If our hearts and lives are surrendered to Him, THERE IS NO SITUATION WE WILL FACE THAT IS TOO DIFFICULT FOR GOD. HE CAN BRING US THROUGH ANY TRIAL, HEARTACHE OR DIFFICULTY AS WE LOOK TO HIM, CRY OUT TO HIM AND OPEN OUR HEARTS TO HIS STRENGTH AND STRATEGIES! That’s what our God specializes in – we can put unwavering faith in His ways!
Note: This is NOT about the power of positive confession. What David did (and what we need to get consistent in doing) is speaking the TRUTH to situations that look bleak because WE ARE A PEOPLE OF FAITH AND NOT FEAR. We must learn to strengthen ourselves in the Lord especially in times when the enemy is attempting to destroy us, which lets face it, is all the time.