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.

David was greatly distressed as he ran from King Saul each day. Saul knew David would be king so he hunted David like a wild animal each day.  Saul would not be satisfied until David was dead. Now what? Now David and his band of men were raided by the enemy camp. All of the men’s wives and children were taken captive. The people were ready to kill David. They had put their trust in David, and, as a result,  lost their families and all of their possessions. Through all of David’s turmoil he learned how to encourage himself in his  God. God did restore David and his men’s losses and he did  become the shepherd King of Israel. God, in His time, will restore your losses too. We need to encourage ourselves by prayer and the reading of the Scriptures. David also was a musician and wrote most of the Hebrew Hymnbook known as The Book of Psalms in our Bible. When David played his harp for God he encouraged himself and those around him. Now these songs are preserved for us so we too might receive encouragement. We must become our own motivational speaker! No one knows exactly what you are going through except God. So read, pray, and sing praises to God like never before. Cling to the promises found in His Word. Dig deeper and deeper in your walk with Him. Deliverance will come so encourage yourself in the LORD.


Dear Lord,

I am discouraged! Help me to be encouraged as I read Your Word. Help me sense Your presence as I pray and try to get through this rough time. By faith, I claim, and receive the victory over my problems. Amen