It appeared David and men had lost everything as far as family and possessions. There was no earthly resource to recover what David and his men lost, no army to help them fight to get it back, all seemed lost.
They were crushed, their souls and minds collapsed under the weight of this trial and they wept so much they had no more tears. There was only anger and accusation and bitterness. The once victorious army became a mob and wanted to pummel David to death with stones.
Sad to say, we have all been there, done that. Something precious to us has not only been taken but has been held back. Your family seems irrecoverably lost in sin, your ministry seems irretrievable, your health seem incurable and your finances seem beyond repair. Hope becomes an enemy because faith has run away from your heart. Your despair has made you spiritually unreasonable.
The KJV says “David encouraged himself in the Lord.” He found inner strength when others would have given up. Ah, the advantages of having the Holy Spirit, the Paraclete, the Comforter living within your heart (1 Sam 16:13)! There were other times people encouraged him or helped him find strength in his God (1 Sam 23:16), but this time the Holy Spirit alone would rise up within him and remind him of the promises of God or as the Aramaic puts it, “he strengthened himself in the Word of God.” (Gill). His past testimonies had no become God’s records in the libraries of the acts faith.
He remembered when he held by the hair the head of his slain enemy Goliath and that he took his armor and kept them at his home (1 Sam 17:54) and later when he was on the run from his enemy Saul, the priests kept in the temple as a treasure to remember past victory the sword of Goliath (1 Sam 21:9). David took it from them because he has grown now and he himself is able to wield that huge sword. Let me pause and say that these are not sentimental relics of better times for David but foundations for his faith now, the foundation upon which he stands for his present trials! Look at your treasures of victory in the past and let them be the basis for your belief that God has plans for you yet my friends! If God’s track record is so good for your past then we must declare that good things are going to happen for you now and in the future.
The fight of faith in your heart is much like when Israel fought Amalek, as long as Moses kept his arms up Joshua and Israel would win; if he lowered them they would lose. The fight for faith is back and forth, push and shove and a tug of war until like Moses the Holy Spirit holds up one arm and the scriptures the other and you watch your discouragement, doubts, fears, anxieties and unbelief pushed back further and further (Ex 17:8-15).
Today even right now you have found strength in the Lord, in your heart and spirit because you belong to God. God has spoken well of you (Eph. 1:3), and he commands favor and honor and he will withhold no good thing from you (Ps. 84:10; Ps. 133:3). You shall recover my friends, trust and strengthen yourself in his very great and precious promises (2 Pet 1:4) and strengthen your faith which is holy to God by praying in the Spirit (Jude 1:20). Here the Holy Spirit of God speaks for you and prays for you and there is nothing that can stop you.
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