Now it happened, when David and his men came to Ziklag, on the third day, that the Amalekites had invaded the South and Ziklag, attacked Ziklag and burned it with fire, and had taken captive the women and those who were there, from small to great; they did not kill anyone, but carried them away and went their way. So David and his men came to the city, and there it was, burned with fire; and their wives, their sons, and their daughters had been taken captive. Then David and the people who were with him lifted up their voices and wept, until they had no more power to weep. And David’s two wives, Ahinoam the Jezreelitess, and Abigail the widow of Nabal the Carmelite, had been taken captive. Now 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 his daughters. But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God. 1 Samuel 30:1-5
Have you strengthened yourself in the Lord this week as David did? Or humbly called out to God for His grace? I confess to you that I've had a tough week. I sure don't know what He is teaching me, but I know that He does and has it all in control. I am glad I have a God who can be completely trusted and that His will is infinitely wiser than mine and perfect as well.
When I read this passage of scripture yesterday I thought of how hard it would have been for David to strengthen himself through his own weak powers, but the wonder of it is that God gave him grace to draw strength from Himself by reminding David of all He had done for him.
In this verse, strengthened means to fasten upon, fortify, help, repair, cure, be of good courage and behave valiantly.
If you notice in vs. 4, how the tragedy that had befallen David and his men effected them. It was a great loss.
"Many people I love have died and left me...I carry on, of course. 'It's what he/she would have wanted,' is the theme - and delusion - of our hectic century, where everyone must keep up. As a consequence, I have missed space to mourn and grieve... While we all grieve differently, there is a common premise: honesty." Deidre Purcell
All of us may not agree or understand what is meant by the quote above, but what I want to point out is that sometimes it is seen as strong to not grieve at least in public. I think often it gets kept inside a person until they are about ready to pop and then finally when someone tells them it's okay, they let it out. And what a waterfall it is.
David and his men took time to weep and it did them good in the end because even though his men turned against him, David was able to gain strength in the the LORD. After there was nothing left in himself or what he cared for, he still turned to God. That is a great lesson that we need to remember because there is and will be times in our lives where we feel like we have nothing left. I think it is often a good feeling even though it breaks us, because it does just that and it should make us turn to God. By then, we are pretty humble because we know that we don't have any more strength to resist temptation or to choose wisely. We are left with one choice. Will we choose to cry out to God for help and repent or will we turn away from Him and bathe in our own feelings of despair and hopelessness.
Some of you have been in this place. You know what it feels like. It's tough and you hate it, but you know that it is for your good.
Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong. 1 Corinthians 16:13
A Greek literal interpretation.
Stay awake, persevere by relying on Christ for salvation, act manly, increase in vigor.
P.S. Did you know that the name David means loving?
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