Encourage Yourself

1 Samuel 30: 6  “….. but David encouraged himself in the LORD his God.”

Self-isolation/quarantine, social distancing, avalanches of dismal news can “discourage” us.  Yet we can be “encourage….in the Lord” our God as David did at Ziklag.

We too can be encouraged as David through the presence of God.  That’s why he asked for the ephod (vs. 7).  We solicit and receive the presence of the Lord through worship and praise that elevates our focus to an Almighty God.

Encourage yourself through the promises of God (vs. 8).  What promises has God given that have yet to be fulfilled?  There are promises for our land to be healed (2 Chron.7:14), promises of futures and hopes (Jer. 29:11), eternal life through faith in Him (John 3:16) to name a few.

Be encouraged by His purposes (vs. 8) for restoration and recovery.  Every time the Lord Jesus was approached on the basis of mercy, the request was accepted and given.  Remember this isn’t your destination nor is it your destiny.

When we’ve encouraged ourselves in the Lord, then we can be an encourager to others (Heb. 3:13).

These sources of self-encouragement are contingent upon our having a personal relationship with the Lord as David.  Encouragement can come by reminding ourselves we are His children through faith in Jesus Christ (Eph. 2:8).

Be encouraged and be an encourager!