Encourage Yourself in the Lord

I will be glad and rejoice in thy mercy: for thou hast considered my trouble; thou hast known my soul in adversities. – Psalm 31:7.

 

What a powerful statement that we read in 1 Samuel 30:6, But David encouraged himself in the Lord his God.” The word ‘encouraged’ means to fasten, to seize, strengthen, fortify, aid, courage and to overpower. This is what David received from the Lord in the midst of what was a chaotic situation in his life. On arrival back to their home base at Ziklag after a season of fighting and deliverance, David along with his men were confronted with a terrible surprise. They found that the city had been invaded by the Amalekites and had been smitten and burnt to the ground. Their wives and children had been taken captive causing David and his men to lift up their voices and weep until they had no more power to weep as they were in so much distress and sadness. Nevertheless, in the midst of this disastrous situation, the last part of verse 6 tells us what David did. It says, “But David encouraged himself in the Lord his God.” This means he took his eyes off the chaos and tragedy and turned them unto his God. This resulted in him receiving the strength, aid and power that only God can give at such a critical time. David knew the best thing to do under the circumstances, which was to meditate on the Lord. One of the Hebrew words for meditate literally means to murmur and implies the moving of the lips. 

 

Another meaning of the word is to converse with yourself. It is your “self-talk” -the way that you speak to yourself about the things in your life. Everybody meditates on something but sometimes it is on the wrong thing or wrong person or it is with the wrong focus. You see, meditation is not a matter of positive thinking and neither is receiving encouragement. Rather, they are both matters of faith. It is not about us but it’s about Him. Let your meditation be about the Lord, about His love, His Word, His promises, His goodness and His wonderful works. 

 

Confession:

I cast all my cares on the LORD and He sustains me. As the righteous, He will never let me fall. The Word of the Lord is keeping me day by day. I meditate about the Lord, about His love, His Word, His promises, His goodness and His wonderful works toward me.

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