Dear Saints of the Living God – Grace and Mercy to you and your family!
This morning, as i reading through some of the verses in 1 Samuel, i ran into the below passage….
Here is the background, when there was a big emotional/spiritual blow happened in Ziklag, where David and his friends lost their families, smoke every where, the children and women were taken captive by Amalekites . Can you imagine, 600 men weeping, and wailing and cursing – and they were ready to stone David for his bad decision. David could have allowed the stress and strain to flow through him as well.
If we bring David alive, today and ask him one of his favorite moments – then, he will point to this very exact time, that is recorded in 1 Samuel 30:6, where it says, “David found strength in the Lord his God”… another translation says – “Strengthened himself” or “encouraged himself” in the Lord his God.
And how did David managed through this situation? First task that David did, wasn’t trying to find out what to do next, but instead he spends time before the Lord getting his strength restored and his faith renewed. He found the quiet place in the Lord, praying and singing in his heart to reject the depression and hopelessness – and connect with the source, where his strength came from.
Stress and fear can cause our hearts to go lean… What is stressing you this morning or keeping up in the night? Are you trying to find the tonic, that can give you the spiritual strength?
David must have been in this place, several times in the past… that’s why we see so many of the Psalms reflect the steps he took to restore himself in the Lord…
“I waited patiently for the LORD;
he turned to me and heard my cry.
He lifted me out of the slimy pit,
out of the mud and mire;
he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.
He put a new song in my mouth,
a hymn of praise to our God.
Many will see and fear
and put their trust in the LORD.” (Psalm 40:1-3)
“The LORD is my light and my salvation — whom shall I fear?
The LORD is the stronghold of my life — of whom shall I be afraid?
When evil men advance against me to devour my flesh,
when my enemies and my foes attack me,
they will stumble and fall.” (Psalm 27:1-2)
I sought the LORD, and he answered me;
he delivered me from all my fears.
Those who look to him are radiant;
their faces are never covered with shame.
This poor man called, and the LORD heard him;
he saved him out of all his troubles.” (Psalm 34:1-6)
“My soul finds rest in God alone;
my salvation comes from him.
He alone is my rock and my salvation;
he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.” (Psalm 62:1-2)
If you are like me, then pull the psalms and have them close to where you can see, and read them, and re-read them… till your soul finds the strength. Yesterday, Pastor Chris said something that got stuck with me real deep in my heart – “God will deliver you from the fire, through the fire or by the fire”… we cannot tell, what methods that He will use… but the deliverance is for certain. He is the one sitting on the Throne, and He will answer all our cries and never let our faces be covered with shame.
The best tonic that you can get is going to the word, reading them 3 times a day – just like a medicine. He will strengthen the heart and soul… In one place, psalmist is saying he will meditate on the law of the Lord day and night… Tell your soul, “He is my fortress, and I will never be shaken”
Let me close with what David sings in Psalms 18: 31-34…
For who is God, except the Lord?
And who is a rock, except our God?
It is God who arms me with strength,
And makes my way perfect.
He makes my feet like the feet of deer,
And sets me on my high places.
He teaches my hands to make war,
So that my arms can bend a bow of bronze.
May the good Lord strengthen your arms to bend the bow of bronze… Be blessed today with HIS Peace, that transcends all understanding!