Encouraged Himself in the Lord
1 Samuel 16 1And the LORD said unto Samuel, How long wilt thou mourn for Saul, seeing I have rejected him from reigning over Israel? fill thine horn with oil, and go, I will send thee to Jesse the Bethlehemite: for I have provided me a king among his sons…. 13Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him [David] in the midst of his brethren: and the Spirit of the LORD came upon David from that day forward.
Perhaps the fact that you have been chosen of God to be in Christ has been established in your heart. You realize that the anointing of God abides in your life and you see yourself as a son of the King of kings. You have stepped out and have been faithful to the calling of God on your life. You took a leap of faith.
And you are falling. You are surrounded by enemies. The fields you hoped to harvest are bare. Those you trained and raised have turned against you. Even your family has left or been stolen from you. What now?
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1 Samuel 30 6And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the LORD his God.
Here is David, anointed to be king over all Israel, and he is wandering with outlaws and refugees, fighting battles for an enemy. And when everything was falling down around him, he encouraged himself in the Lord his God.
Look at what he wrote:
Psalm 57:7My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed: I will sing and give praise.
What could it be that David’s heart was fixed so firmly upon?
” I will praise thee, O Lord, among the people: I will sing unto thee among the nations. For thy mercy is great unto the heavens, and thy truth unto the clouds.”
Mercy and Truth. David’s heart was built upon these two pillars. (The word in this verse for mercy is elsewhere translated kindness, goodness, favor) (http://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?Strongs=H2617&t=KJV
David exalted Truth above circumstance and experience. The word of the Lord to Him was to be preeminent in all decisions and realities, regardless of what external evidence might suggest. If the Lord said it, that is what it is.
David also exalted God’s mercy and grace above all circumstances. He didn’t care how abandoned, betrayed, distressed or dismayed he felt. He knew God was with Him and was merciful toward Him
For us, we have Jesus Christ, who is the fullness of grace and truth, whom we exalt above all else. When we leap and seem to fall or fail, when we see everything crashing down, when we are pressed down and seem to be forsaken, we fix our hearts and encourage ourselves in the Lord.
This is abiding. This is remaining in Him. When we discard all external evidence in favor of the verdict which God has declared, we by faith choose to abide in Him. And then comes the fruit.
Let go of fear, and doubt, and disbelief. Free your mind from past failures and current circumstance. And believe. And abide. And bear fruit.