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: but David encouraged himself in the Lord his God (1 Samuel 30:6, KJV).
Have you ever felt extremely discouraged by a situation in life—one that didn’t turn out just as you planned? Pure excitement turned to apathy, and happiness turned to heartache? You had expectation, but that expectation wasn’t met? You walked in rhythm of joy until a wall of disappointment stopped you on your path? Maybe a dream was deferred or a desire left in longing. Maybe your situation was the loss of a family member or a relationship ending in divorce. Everyone has faced some kind of discouragement at some point in life.
In 1 Samuel 30, David came home to see his city burned and his wives and their children kidnapped by the Amalekites. David and his men were distressed and “lifted up their voice and wept, until they had no more power to weep” (verse 4). Then when it seemed like it couldn’t get any worse for David, his own people turned on him out of heartache, and threaten to stone him!
David had every right and opportunity to let his feelings overtake him, but I love what he chose to do instead. In verse 6 it says “…BUT DAVID ENCOURAGED HIMSELF IN THE LORD HIS GOD.”
BUT is a key word here. This scripture could’ve read “AND David stayed discouraged and thought about only himself.” BUT… thank God David made a better choice. I love how my husband puts it plain and simple, “Are you an AND or a BUT?”
David chose not to quit BUT to keep going.
Jeremy and I went to visit some minister friends of ours who were facing some tough challenges at the church and ministry they were a part of. People had been mistreated, lied to and lied about, and their situation appeared to be getting worse. A heavy fog seemed to surround their church, and it was starting to creep into their home and take a toll their family. I remember the moment that I embraced Savannah (the wife—I changed her name for confidentiality) as she began to weep and weep, heartbroken for their church family and for their pastors. It looked like there was no hope or consolation, and her body seemed to buckle under the weightiness and pressure of her situation. BUT…
All of the sudden, Savannah stood up, quickly wiped off her tears and rushed downstairs to the kitchen where her kids sat, a little somber from the current circumstances. I’ll never forget it. She said with strength “Everybody up! It’s time for a praise break!”
So we all stood up, threw our arms up in the air and began to praise the Lord. Immediately I could sense life flowing through the house again—joy in the presence of the Lord and faith in the Lord that He would fight this battle.
Sometimes you just have to through your hands up in the air and DECLARE WHAT YOU KNOW TO BE TRUE. I’ve had to do this many times before. I’ve had to say to myself and to the devil what God has said about me in his Word. The TRUTH is we are more than conquerors through Him who loves us (Romans 8:37)! The TRUTH is I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Philippians 4:13)! The TRUTH is God has a plan for me, full of peace and not of evil, to give me a future and a hope (Jeremiah 29:11)! The TRUTH is, greater is He who is in me then he that is in the world (1 John 4:4)!
STAND UP AND TESTIFY THE TRUTH, AND THE ENEMY WILL BE SENTENCED TO SILENCE IN YOUR SITUATION!