Truth Treasure: God Sustains Us

“But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God.” 1 Samuel 30:6b

This Scripture is so powerful, especially within the context of David’s circumstances. He had returned to his camp at Ziklag to find it burned to the ground and looted. The Amalekites had also captured all of the wives and children of David and his men. On top of the distress he was already feeling, David’s own men began to talk about stoning him to death because they believed it was all his fault.

So in the midst of all of that, “David strengthened himself in the Lord.” The Text doesn’t divulge how he strengthened himself, but David’s many psalms give us a clue. In verse 4 it said David and his men wept until they had no strength left. I believe when David wept he was crying out to God. He was at his weakest, lowest point and yet it was at that point that God supernaturally encouraged and strengthened him. Note how it says, “in the Lord his God.” David had a personal relationship with the Lord. Elsewhere in the Scriptures we read about how David’s one desire was to dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

This close-knit relationship with the Lord sustained him at all times. And it especially carried him when he was at his lowest. Where do you turn when it seems like nothing could possibly get worse? Who do you cry to when you’ve had a bad day? Go to God and find strength in Him alone.

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