Strengthening Yourself in the Lord
In the book of 1 Samuel, we see that David strengthened himself in the Lord, when he found himself in a bad situation, with no one to look to for support. Some translations use the word encourage instead of strengthen. “Moreover David was greatly distressed because the people spoke of stoning him…But David strengthened (encouraged) himself in the LORD his God” (1 Samuel 30:6, NASB). When we find ourselves in a bad place; whether it be a negative circumstance, disappointment, loss, or difficult emotions to have to navigate through, with no one in the moment to call upon for support; we like David, can strengthen ourselves in the Lord as a way of coping. David was a worshipper, this is how he strengthened himself in the Lord his God. We too can enter into a place of worship and praise to strengthen ourselves in the Lord. By entering into this place, we temporarily take a break from focusing on our difficulties. The focus of our thoughts shift from the temporal realm to the spiritual realm. Our spirit and soul are lifted up and we become encouraged as we focus on God Almighty. Doing so, God becomes bigger and our problems becomes smaller.
Some other things we can do is pray, read scripture, do a two-way journaling time with the Lord, and read encouraging Christian articles on the subject we are struggling with to help build us up and encourage us. We can also declare out loud to God, all of His attributes and who He is for us. Then we declare out loud, who we are in him. There are a variety of lists for this type of activity found on the internet. Focusing on these Truths can help to counter any lies we believe about our situation needing to be changed. We can also strengthen ourselves in God, by reminding ourselves that we belong to Him and thank Him for His presence with us. For example, if we are lonely, we can declare out loud; “Lord, I belong to You and I thank You that You are with me right now.” If we are in a difficult situation, we can declare; “Lord, I belong to You and I thank You that You are working this out for my good.” If we are jealous because of what others have, we can declare; “Lord, I belong to You, I thank You for Your provision of food, clothing, shelter and job that I have.” If we are waiting for God to answer our prayers, we can declare; “Lord, I belong to You, thank You that You always hear me when I pray and I thank You for Your answers that are coming.” As we practice acknowledging God is with us and His intervention toward our situation, we will be encouraged and strengthened in the Lord.
If we spend time strengthening our relationship with God on a daily bases, when we are not in a difficult space, will enable us to use these skills when we least feel like using them. I am sure that David did not feel like worshipping and praising God, but because of the hours spent doing it prior to his personal crises, set him up to be able to enter into worship when he felt least like doing it. His efforts paid off, he shifted from being in a place of weakness to one of being strengthened. This allowed David to move forward to apprehend the victory God had planned waiting for him.