Strengthen yourself in the Lord!
Posted: Monday, May 21
1 Samuel chapter 30 records a low period for David and his mighty men of valor. They were out at war, allying themselves with the Philistines to fight against the Israelites. David was denied the right to fight by the princes of the Philistines. The next day they started the three-day march back to Ziklag, the city they called home. Before their arrival, the Amalekites raided the city, taking prisoner all of the women and children and burned the city to the ground.
Then David and the people who were with him lifted up their voices and wept, until they had no more power to weep (1 Samuel 30:4). To make matters worse, the men were talking about stoning David. Talk about a bad day!
David and all of his men just lost their wives and their children. They had no idea if they were still alive. The city is burned down and all of the men are weeping until they couldn’t weep any longer. To relieve some of the pain they wanted to kill David. Naturally, David was distressed, he was suffering from pain and anxiety. He reached the lowest of lows.
There were many options for David to respond but he decided to strengthen himself in the Lord. After all, David was the man after God’s own heart. He was the psalmist that said, “Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You. In God (I will praise His word), in God I have put my trust; I will not fear. What can flesh do to me?” (Psalm 56:3-4).