But David strengthened himself
in the LORD his God.
David had fled from King Saul and his armies and was living in Ziklag, in the land of the Philistines. He and his men had gone out to battle Judah with the Philistine army and were turned away. The men feared that David would turn on them and fight for Israel. When they arrived home, the men of David's army found that Ziklag had been burned, and all its inhabitants, including their wives and children, had been taken captive. After much mourning, some of the men became angry with David and decided to stone him. It was at this point that David "strengthened himself in the Lord his God."
How often do we encounter seemingly impossible odds and immediately go to the Lord for strength? Oh, the value of seeing in God's Word the exhortation to follow in the footsteps of David! Neither worry nor taking things into our own hands will alleviate our angst or fear in any given situation. But our strength may be found in the Lord!
Is there anything in your life that seems overwhelming today? I encourage you to "strengthen yourself in the Lord." Go to His Word for comfort. Spend time talking to Him--and listening to the still, small voice that speaks through the Holy Scriptures. Go to GODLY counsel. Don't try to be a hero, or a martyr. Allow God to be your strength.
Always in need of His strength,