How to Encourage Yourself in the Lord Like King David

It should have been no surprise to find my bell pepper plants laying over in the raised bed garden that morning. The night before we had a downpour of rain.

As I stood looking at them, I knew I had to do something to strengthen them. The weather forecast was calling for additional rain. Something had to be done before the next rainfall.

I gathered my stakes and string and began to stake each individual plant firmly in place. I knew this would allow them to continue to grow despite the expected rainfall.

As I was tying the string, I thought of the Scripture in 1 Samuel 30:6: “David was greatly distressed, for the people talked of stoning him, because all the people were bitter in spirit, each over his sons and daughters. But David encouraged himself in the Lord his God.”

I began to think about how this same thing often happens in our spiritual walk.

Perhaps we face a storm of sorts. Once it passes, we find ourselves needing to strengthen ourselves. For the bell pepper plant, it needed something to stake it to. To bring stability. What do we do, spiritually, when we need stability after a storm?

In 1 Samuel 30:6, David and his mighty men had experienced a terrible storm. So much so, they wanted to kill David, their leader. Instead of becoming fearful, David did something else. He strengthened himself in the Lord.

This is the first thing we need to do. Strengthen ourselves in the Lord. Through the Word and prayer. Through praise and worship. Whatever it takes to bring us back to a place of strength in God. We can’t look at the storm; we must continue to look only to God. In doing so, we will have victory over the storm, just as David did that day. He recovered all.

Additionally, we can stand in agreement with another believer. Tie ourselves to them, so to speak, to someone we can trust. Someone who will stand with us to the end. Who will stand and pray and speak the word until we see victory.

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SOURCE: Charisma Mag, Kim Potter