Do What David Did

Intro story-encouraging myself in the Lord

I was distraught

The only thing I could do to get through it was to seek God diligently

Knowing that even though I was going through this for a long period of time, God still heard my praise

He heard my prayers

He was with me while I fasted

Saw my tears and eventually they were wiped away

I had to encourage myself in the Lord

He is what got me through

I even came out on the other side as a better pastor and leader

1 Samuel 30:1-6 kjv

30 And it came to pass, when David and his men were come to Ziklag on the third day, that the Amalekites had invaded the south, and Ziklag, and smitten Ziklag, and burned it with fire; And had taken the women captives, that were therein: they slew not any, either great or small, but carried them away, and went on their way. So David and his men came to the city, and, behold, it was burned with fire; and their wives, and their sons, and their daughters, were taken captives. Then David and the people that were with him lifted up their voice and wept, until they had no more power to weep. And David’s two wives were taken captives, Ahinoam the Jezreelitess, and Abigail the wife of Nabal the Carmelite. 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.

Heres the biblical context of whats happening

David had recently been told he would be king

Because of this David had to flee from king saul because he wanted David killed

David at this time was living in Ziklag

He aligned himself with the philistines

The philistines were preparing to go to battle with king saul

David and his men were going to join them in battle

But they didn’t fully trust David because he could turn on them

David and his men went back to ziklag

Only to find that the entire city was attacked and burned down

Everything they had was now gone including the women and children

Now all of the people that had been with David this whole time began to turn on him

They grumbled and talked about killing him

David lost everything, his wives, his home, and his men turned on him

But David knows where his strength comes from

1 Samuel 30:6

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.

In his times of trouble David did what he knows works

He encouraged himself in the Lord

Knowing that he would find his comfort in God

He knew with God he would be able to go through any problem he was facing

We must remember while reading the bible that these people really existed

They were normal people like us

Not super heroes

It gives me comfort to know God chooses broken people to show His glory

They all saw defeats and victories

Lets look at some of the writings from psalm to see how David sought the Lord

While being pursued by Saul, David wrote

Psalm 59:1-4

Deliver me from my enemies, O my God;
[
b]Defend me from those who rise up against me.

Deliver me from the workers of iniquity,
And save me from bloodthirsty men.

For look, they lie in wait for my life;
The mighty gather against me,
Not for my transgression nor for my sin, O Lord.
They run and prepare themselves through no fault of mine.

Awake to help me, and behold!

We see here that even though faced with death, David still put his trust in God

Psalm 59:16-17

16 But I will sing of Your power;
Yes, I will sing aloud of Your mercy in the morning;
For You have been my defense
And refuge in the day of my trouble.
17 To You, O my Strength, I will sing praises;
For God is my defense,
My God of mercy.

David continuously praised God for what He has done and will do

Psalm 63:3-8

Because Your lovingkindness is better than life,
My lips shall praise You.
Thus I will bless You while I live;
I will lift up my hands in Your name.
My soul shall be satisfied as with [
a]marrow and [b]fatness,
And my mouth shall praise You with joyful lips.

When I remember You on my bed,
I meditate on You in the night watches.
Because You have been my help,
Therefore in the shadow of Your wings I will rejoice.
My soul follows close behind You;
Your right hand upholds me.

In these psalms we see that David praised God

He worshiped Him

Prayed to Him and meditated on the Lord

David gives amazing examples of how to encourage yourself in the Lord

If you are going through things in life that seem overwhelming

Then follow his example

I will let you in on a secret

You are going to have problems in life that at the time seem unbearable

You will feel weak, worried, and alone at times

Not every body will experience the same problems or even understand what you are going through, but God will

Some things could be family problems, marriage problems, or trouble with your children

Other things could be job related worried about job security or how you will provide for yourself and family

Right now in the world this is a big problem for many

It could be broken relationships or even the death of a loved one

Any circumstance where you feel overwhelmed is the time to encourage yourself in the Lord

No matter the case, when you go through troubled times what will you do

Because that’s the choice you will have to make

Story-Gabe

He encouraged himself in the Lord

Being asked to preach to 200 adults and youth with less than a week notice can be overwhelming

Especially if you haven’t preached to the whole church

Gabe was willing to do it

With the help of the Lord

As Christians we should take every opportunity to encourage ourselves in the Lord

Even if something seems small to people, it might be a huge deal in your life

Are you going to seek God or are you going to deal with the problem on your own

Often times human instinct kicks in and we think we should just handle the problem on our own

Typically this can lead to getting even more distraught

In some cases people will try to do it on their own, it doesn’t work out, then they get mad at God

They begin to worship less, don’t read their bible and neglect gathering with the church

This is a dangerous place to end up

Its almost happened to me at points in my walk because I forget to go to God

Then I get in my feelings like God where are you

We must be people that seek God first

We need that encouragement

If you are a Christian and try to solve your problems without seeking Him, it angers Him

The bible says that a man like this is cursed

Jeremiah 17:5-8

Thus says the Lord:

“Cursed is the man who trusts in man
And makes flesh his [
a]strength,
Whose heart departs from the Lord.
For he shall be like a shrub in the desert,
And shall not see when good comes,
But shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness,
In a salt land which is not inhabited.

“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord,
And whose hope is the Lord.
For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters,
Which spreads out its roots by the river,
And will not [
b]fear when heat comes;
But its leaf will be green,
And will not be anxious in the year of drought,
Nor will cease from yielding fruit.

God wants us to trust Him

And we should

Because He helps those of us that put our trust in Him

Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall [
a]direct your paths.

If you want to follow davids example then do what this verse says

This what David did while he encouraged himself in the Lord

1 Samuel 30:8

So David inquired of the Lord, saying, “Shall I pursue this troop? Shall I overtake them?” And He answered him, “Pursue, for you shall surely overtake them and without fail recover all.

David took his cares to God

He didn’t just act on instinct and decide he would handle it himself

He asked God, not only that David waited for the answer

If you are going through troubles and seek God for an answer He will give you one

Sometimes it takes patience other times its instant

If David had tried to fight them without Gods approval he could have lost

But He sought God

Not only did God says go in this story He told David that he will overtake them and without fail recover all

That’s a big deal

If you encourage yourself in the Lord, You will come out better on the otherside

Every time Ive had been so overwhelmed that all I could do was seek God, I came out better on the other side

Back to the intro story

I worked harder than I did before because I wanted people to find no fault in me

I began to be a better leader

I even started preaching better because through all this my relationship with God was stronger

Instead of just saying I wanted to honor God with my life, I actually lived it out and my character improved as well

I had more growth in those 3 years of my walk than any other time

God will be with you through it

David not only succeeded, he came out better off than before

After David heard from the Lord and He said go, David listened

1 Samuel 30:18-20

18 So David recovered all that the Amalekites had carried away, and David rescued his two wives. 19 And nothing of theirs was lacking, either small or great, sons or daughters, spoil or anything which they had taken from them; David recovered all. 20 Then David took all the flocks and herds they had driven before those other livestock, and said, “This is David’s spoil.”

David recovered all that was lost along with the Amalekites flocks

All because he sought God first

Here are some ways to do what David did

Cry out to God

Psalm 57:1-2

Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me!
For my soul trusts in You;
And in the shadow of Your wings I will make my refuge,
Until these calamities have passed by.

I will cry out to God Most High,
To God who performs all things for me.

There are times where I am overwhelmed and I don’t know what to say

So I will loudly say God please, it sounds simple but it gives me peace because I know He listens- Alaska flights

Meditate on the Word

Psalm 1:2

But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
And in His law he [
a]meditates day and night.

You can meditate on the word any time

Repeat scriptures to yourself

Think of verses in the bible that will give you comfort and strength

Go over them repeatedly until they are deep in your heart

Psalm 29:1-2

Give[a] unto the Lord, O you mighty ones,
Give unto the Lord glory and strength.
2 [
b]Give unto the Lord the glory [c]due to His name;
Worship the Lord in the [
d]beauty of holiness.

Worship the Lord

Sing praise to Him

Put your focus on Him and not the problems at hand

2 Samuel 12:16

16 David therefore pleaded with God for the child, and David fasted and went in and lay all night on the ground.

Spend time fasting

There is just something about fasting that just brings us closer to God and can give comfort, even though not eating is uncomfortable

Psalm 86:6-7

Give ear, O Lord, to my prayer;
And attend to the voice of my supplications.
In the day of my trouble I will call upon You,
For You will answer me.

Spend time in prayer

As a Christian you should spend time praying

Seek God through your prayers at all times

These are all scriptures on how David sought the Lord

If you need victory in your life then be like David

Encourage yourself in the Lord and you will find peace and rest

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