I recall someone saying there are times when you can encourage yourself in the Lord. Well, maybe I remembered that, but I sure didn’t feel like doing it.
After being sick for a few weeks, I was more into the ‘please pray for me’ mode.
Now there is nothing wrong with asking for prayer or talking to someone when going through a hard time. But I know there are also times when I just need to go to God.
The Bible says this is what David did when he went through a very discouraging event.
At one time David and his men had returned home to Ziglag, where they found it burned, looted and their wives and children taken away by the Amalekites. Because of this David’s men became embittered against their leader:
And David was greatly distressed; for the people spoke 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)
Let me emphasize, there was no one to encourage him so he encouraged himself. Another translation, the NIV, says he found strength in the Lord his God.
I imagine David worshiped, prayed or recalled God’s past faithfulness to him. Either way, he was encouraged and received help and direction from the Lord.
This challenges me to do the same when I go through trials: to press in and find my strength and encouragement comes from the Lord.
“Whom do I have in heaven but you and with you I lack nothing.” (Psalm 73:25 CJB)