How to Encourage Yourself in the Lord

We all can use some encouragement at one time or another. Church attendance should be an important source of encouragement to believers. But you also need to know how to encourage yourself in the Lord.

Sometimes, the time at which you need to be encouraged can’t wait until the next gathering at church. Or that may not be the kind of message you will hear the next time you attend church. If you don’t know how to encourage yourself in the face of circumstances that threaten to overwhelm or depress you, you are going to have a problem standing during times like that.

There came such a time in David’s life. When he and his men returned to their city, they found that “it was burned with fire; and their wives, and their sons, and their daughters, were taken captives” (1 Samuel 30:3, KJV).

David and his men were devastated:

“Then David and the people that were with him lifted up their voice and wept, until they had no more power to weep” (verse 4).

But David’s trouble didn’t stop there. The people who were with him talked about stoning him (verse 6a)!

Why would they go there? David did not burn down their city. He did not take their wives and children captive. He was with them. He was feeling the same loss they were.

Perhaps they felt he was to blame because he was the leader. Or maybe their thinking was that it was his fault because the enemy came while they were following David’s lead.

Imagine that you are in David’s shoes. Everybody’s pointing the finger at you. Nobody has anything positive to say to you to encourage you because are the problem. It’s all your fault.

At that point, you have two general choices. You can go somewhere and hide and have a pity party or you can find a way to move forward.

How did David respond? “David encouraged himself in the Lord his God” (verse 6b).

Three Ways to Encourage Yourself in the Lord

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