On Encouraging Yourself
“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.” 1 Samuel 30:6.
The situation was desperate. David’s leadership (and even his life) were under threat. He pulled back from a volatile situation to seek God’s face.
Note that: in the middle of a crisis, give yourself a minute to think and pray. Many give up at precisely that point. We look at the grimness of the situation and allow panic to set in. We say, “It can’t be done” so often that that becomes the defining fact of our lives. We become “greatly distressed.” And even when we manage a grip on our own feelings and thoughts, we find it difficult not to be overwhelmed when “the soul of all the people [is] grieved.”
I recall a book on Winston Churchill’s impact on the British population during the darkest days of the Blitz during the Second World War. Through a series of radio broadcasts, he almost single-handedly turned fear and anxiety into grim determination.
The power of self-encouragement.
David went one step further. The text says “He encouraged himself in the Lord.” He sought the Lord in worship, prayer and study. Perhaps he acknowledged the power of the covenant with Israel; or maybe he reaffirmed the anointing of Samuel upon his life; and he came to remember that God would supply all his needs. And the truth of that word set him free from the miserable chains of anxiety.
Today, you must stand on the Word of God and his promises until you’re encouraged and it works.