Greetings in the Holy name of the Lord Jesus Christ!
I was led by the Lord to write about encouragement. I was immediately reminded of King David.
The psalms of David have been and are a great source of encouragement to almost every child of God. Almost anyone can draw a parallel from the life of David to one’s own problems. This great praise leader for God went through so many persecutions in his personal life, from the early days as a shepherd boy to the time when he was crowned as King of Israel. He was distressed and perplexed and on many occasions literally had to run for his life. He went through a lot of ignonimity in order to save himself, he even had to pose as a mad man before an enemy king. Yes, he was like one of us and even had more problems than many of us.
We read in the Bible (KJV) 1 Samuel 30:6 “… but David encouraged himself in the LORD his God.” David, his family and all his followers were living with the Philistines pretending to be hostile at the Israelites under Saul to receive patronage of Achish, the Philistine king. That was tremendously humbling for David. Greater tragedy came later in the form of Amalekites who invaded Ziklag, they smote and burnt the city and took captives, which were the wives and children of David and his men. It is stated that he wept till they had no strength to weep. Also it is written: “And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters…”( 1 Sam.30:6 – KJV)
What would have we done under similar drastic situations? Would we have quarreled with the men (who were the only people who supported/followed) or we may even engage in activities of self-destruction, unable to bear all this ignominy and deserting by friends. In all likeliness many of us may react impulsively, giving place to feelings. That, my brethren will help only to escalate the problem further. But let’s see what the Psalmist David did. He encouraged HIMSELF in the Lord his God.
Wow! and how was that possible? This was not the first occasion that David ‘encouraged himself in the Lord his God. Even as a young boy tending his sheep in the forest on two occasions he had to face most ferocious wild animals, once a bear and another time a Lion. He did not run away! Instead he was brave and fought and won over them. Again when he was summoned to carry food to his brothers serving the military, this sheperd boy who used to be singing songs and playing liar as the sheep graze, confronted the giant Goliath, the strong-man of the Philistines. He brought down the 9 foot Goliath in a whimper and beheaded him with the sword taken from Goliath himself. In all these situations, there was no one to encourage David to do such brave deeds, David encouraged himself. The faith he had on the Lord his God made him such a courageous person and enabled him to face even the worst situation & the toughest problem. That is how he could encourage himself in any circumstance to overcome and remain an encouragement to the body of Christ.
Are you like the Psalmist King David? Or do you find yourself looking around for people to lean upon and hide behind in times of trials? The root cause of David’s courage was his unwavering faith on the Lord God. He said: “I have set the LORD
always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved (Ps.16:8 – KJV).
Is your Faith reinforced upon the Rock of Salvation, Jesus Christ our Lord? If so, you will also be unshaken by turbulence in your life. You won’t fret, whine and complain that there is none to fall back upon, since Jesus will be beside you, always. So let us ask the Father God, to reinforce our Faith, to enhance the limits of our Faith and consecrete us upon that Faith. He is ever willing to grant, if only we ask (John 14:14 – KJV). Let us lift our Faith to great heights, Lord will enable us to do great deeds. Be Encouraged in the Lord, be blessed & be a blessing. Amen.
– Pastor John Paneerselvam