1 Samuel 30:1-6 ESV
Now when David and his men came to Ziklag on the third day, the Amalekites had made a raid against the Negeb and against Ziklag. They had overcome Ziklag and burned it with fire (2) and taken captive the women and all who were in it, both small and great. They killed no one, but carried them off and went their way. (3) And when David and his men came to the city, they found it burned with fire, and their wives and sons and daughters taken captive. (4) Then David and the people who were with him raised their voices and wept until they had no more strength to weep. (5) David’s two wives also had been taken captive, Ahinoam of Jezreel and Abigail the widow of Nabal of Carmel. (6) And David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, because all the people were bitter in soul, each for his sons and daughters. But David strengthened himself in the LORD his God.
I. We Have Good Reason To Believe In Times Of Trouble, David Often Composed Psalms…
While pursued by Saul, he wrote Psalm 59
– cf. Ps 59:1-4
When imprisoned in Gath, he wrote Psalm 56
– cf. Ps 56:1-2
Fleeing from Absalom, he wrote Psalm 3
– cf. Ps 3:1-2
Hiding in the wilderness of Judah, he wrote Psalm 63
From These Psalms, We Can Glean How
“David Strengthened Himself In The Lord His God”…
From Psalm 56, we learn that David would place his trust in God to help him
– Ps 56:3-4,9-11
From Psalm 59, we learn that David was determined to continue praising God for His help
– Ps 59:16-17
From Psalm 63, we see that David overcame his problem of loneliness by…
Seeking the Lord – Ps 63:1-2
Praising and praying – Ps 63:3-5
Meditating upon the Lord – Ps 63:6-7
In each of these psalms, David is basically saying the same thing…
In time of trouble, put your trust in the Lord
Stay close to Him, through praising Him and praying to Him
Do this, and you will be made strong as the Lord supports you! – cf. Ps 63:8
This was how “David strengthened himself in the Lord his God”, and was able to face and overcome his problems with the help the Lord gave him.
David’s method compliments 2 Peter 1 where we are instructed to add to our faith.
How about you and I today? In times of trouble, do we follow David’s example?
Let’s consider a few thoughts along this line…
II. We Face Many Problems, Even As Christians…
Some are related to jobs, and the issue of financial security
In Many Cases, People Try To Tackle Their Problems Alone…
They leave God completely out of the picture
- Sometimes they appear to forsake Him entirely…
- By no longer praising Him and praying to Him daily
- By neglecting the assembly in which we gather to edify one another and worship God
- The reasoning is often expressed this way: “Let me get my life straight, then I will be able to serve God and live for Him.”
III. But God Is Angered If We Seek To Solve Our Problems Without Him!
God considers such a person as cursed! – cf. Jer 17:5-8
A good example of God’s displeasure when His people fail to look to Him for strength is found in Isaiah…
When attacked by Assyria, Israel placed her trust in Egypt
– Isa 30:1-2
Because of this, God promised to frustrate the efforts of Israel to solve her problems by herself!
– Isa 30:3; 31:1-3
Yes, God wanted Israel to trust in Him, not themselves
– Isa 30:15-16
Even so today, God wants us to put our trust in Him
– cf. James 4:8; 1Pe 5:6-7
The truth of the matter is this…
It is NOT “God helps those who help themselves”
But rather “God helps those who trust in the Lord with all their heart, and lean not on their own understanding”!
– cf. Pr 3:5-6
When we leave God out of the picture in solving problems…
One thing is certain: God leaves us to deal with those problems on our own, and without His help!
Another thing is possible: In an act of loving discipline, God might frustrate our efforts to solve our problems independent of His help (He certainly disciplined Israel that way!)
So let us learn from one experienced in dealing with problems (David)…
In times of trouble, look to the Lord for your strength!
Trust in the Lord, and be steadfast in praising Him and praying to Him
Don’t forsake Him, nor forsake the assembly of the saints in which we draw near to Him.
Let what David said of himself be true of us as well:
“My soul follows close behind You;
Your right hand upholds me.” – Psalm 63:8
Remember that those who trust in God will find strength, deliverance, and true joy!