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Pastor: Bro. Bobby Clark
Faith Baptist Church
92 Walker St. POB 462
Crossville, TN. 38557
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In First Samuel the story is told of David and his mighty men and their families escaping the hand of Saul and fleeing to Gath to live among the Philistines. Because of Saul’s threats David’s faith lapsed and he fled to live amongst Israel’s enemies and even fought with them on many occasions. As the Philistines sought to go to battle against Israel David also was to join ranks with them and fight alongside of them against his own nation. Some of the soldiers of the Philistine army expressed their concern with Achish, the king. They feared he and his men would turn on them and once again fight with his own men against them and they would be defeated. So he instructed David to go back home to Ziklag and wait this battle out. As they returned to Ziklag they discovered their city in ruins and set on fire. But that wasn’t the worst of it; they also found their wives and children had been taken captive by the Amalekites who had invaded Ziklag. When they saw all this they lifted up their vices and wept until they could weep no more. David’s men even spoke of stoning David blaming him for this terrible act. David was also hurting and weeping but vs. 6 of chapter 30 says “David encouraged himself in the Lord his God”. Now, why did David need encouragement? The enemy had stolen his community, they had destroyed all that was there. Satan, little by little is stealing our communities as well. The thugs and thieves are running rampant destroying and stealing all that isn’t nailed down. We live in fear of our lives as the dope crowd preys on the gullible around us. We used to be able to sleep with our doors unlocked but now we must use deadbolt locks on every door to keep what is ours. The enemy also stole their companions, their wives, those they had spent years with; had children with and had planned to spend the rest of their lives with. Satan is also stealing our companions as the war on the family widens. The divorce rate is at an all-time high. Satan is trying his best to destroy the family through gay marriage and adulteress life styles as people just live together without the holy bonds of matrimony. Also the enemy stole their children as Satan is trying to steal our children. The abortion rates are at an all-time high as women are using that as a means of birth control, murdering their own children. Hollywood is stealing them through left wing agendas in the news media and through sex, booze and the dope crowd. Sports is stealing them with their high priced players and illicit lifestyles. The enemy stole their confidence also and all they could see was their loss and the devastation surrounding them. And today that is all we can see. We see, it is bad. There’s no hope. There’s no use to go on; all gloom and despair. And the enemy stole their courage as they were ready to quit. But David did what had to be done; he encouraged himself in the Lord. As great a man as David was and he had to encourage himself, don’t you think there are times we need to encourage ourselves? We too find ourselves in need of encouragement but where and how do we get it? We do the same things David did to get his.
He prayed unto God. Verse 8 says, he enquired of the Lord. David prayed in his distress as Psalms 18:6 tells us “In my distress I called upon the Lord, and cried unto my God: He heard my voice out of His temple, and my cry came before Him, even into His ears”. He also prayed when he was overwhelmed as Ps. 102 tells us. The title of this psalm is “the prayer of the afflicted” and David wrote “Hear my prayer O Lord, and let my cry come unto Thee. Hide not thy face from me in the day when I am in trouble; incline thine ear unto me: in the day when I call answer me speedily”. And we today have the same opportunity to reach out to God. Jeremiah 33:3 says “Call unto me and I will answer thee and show thee great and mighty things which thou knowest not”. What a promise for us today! Hebrews 4:16 says “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need”. We can come confidently to God knowing that He welcomes us, hears us and is concerned with our needs.
David also propped himself up on God. He knew who to pray to and he knew where to find help and strength; the Lord his God. Things will let you down. People will forsake you. Family will fail you but He is always there in our need. David propped himself up on the Lord his God. Psalms 56:3-4 states “What time I am afraid, I will trust in Thee. In God I will praise His Word, in God I have put my Trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me. We too can find help and support in Him as Isaiah says in 26:3 “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed upon Thee; because he trusteth in Thee”.
Then we see, he was patient with God. He could have turned and fled at the first sign of trouble but he showed patience with the people and with God. He could have just went off and got his revenge without waiting on God but he prayed and asked God whether he should go or stay and the Lord told him to go for he would recover all. Many times we get in a hurry and step out and do things on our own and that always gets us in trouble. David learned patience for he wrote in Psalms 40:1 “I waited patiently for the Lord; and He inclined unto me, and heard my cry”. Praying many times is waiting on God and that takes patience and Paul reminds us that we need it in Hebrews 10:36. We need patience in waiting on God and His will for us. We need patience in the midst of our afflictions. And we need to show forth patience in our waiting for the Rapture of the church for He that shall come will come and will not tarry.
Lastly he praised His God. I believe he praised the Lord throughout this ordeal and he surely praised Him afterward. David’s entire character centered, and was built on praising the Lord. All through the Psalms we see him praising the Lord and we who are saved also need to praise Him for the dead praise not the Lord according to Ps. 115:17. They that are lost do not and cannot praise the Lord. We need to praise Him on the mountain as well as in the valleys. We need to praise Him by the brooks of waters as well as in the deserts. We need to praise Him in the good times as well as the bad. We just need to praise the Lord!
This is how David encouraged himself in the Lord and that’s the way we need to learn to encourage ourselves in the Lord. Sure, we get down, discouraged and depressed but we don’t have to wallow in it. We can get up. Encourage yourself!