One of the great men of the Bible was David, and he reigned as King for over thirty years. His path to the throne wasn’t an easy journey, and his years as a monarch were often times of great difficulty.
One of the more trying moments of his life is recorded in 1 Samuel 30:6: 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.
Even though David was greatly distressed, he didn’t allow the trial, the heartache, and the grief to define the rest of his life. Instead, David strengthened himself in the Lord.
David refocused his emotions, turned his thoughts towards God, and remembered: My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth (Psalm 121).
It’s also likely, that David rehearsed the many times that God had intervened in his life:
- God once delivered him from a lion and a bear
- God gave him a victory when he faced Goliath in battle and beat him
- When jealous Saul tried to kill him, God always provided safety.
Today may be one of those days that you’re feeling distressed. Whatever your Goliath may be, God can bring your giant to his knees. Find strength in knowing that what God did for David, He can also do for you.
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. ~Philippians 4:13