Do you ever talk to yourself? How about answer yourself?
Charles Spurgeon once said, “Some of the best talks in the world are those which a man has with himself. He who speaks to everybody except himself is a great fool.”
In 1 Samuel 30:6, we find a small but significant verse: “David strengthened himself in the LORD his God.”
At this point in history, David had been running from Saul for many years and was now living among the Philistines, the enemy of God’s people. Just prior to this, he had been rejected for service in the Philistine army, and his entire family had been kidnaped by raiders. This was a very dark time for David. We can read more of the story in 1 Samuel 30:3-6.
“So David and his men came to the city, and there it was, burned with fire; and their wives, their sons, and their daughters had been taken captive. Then David and the people who were with him lifted up their voices and wept, until they had no more power to weep. …Now David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and his daughters.”
It’s with this backdrop we come across this statement. “David strengthened himself in the LORD his God.”
How did he strengthen himself in the LORD? How does that work? What does this look like? How do we do this? I think we all need to learn how to strengthen ourselves in the LORD. I imagine David was having some self-talks and remembering God’s goodness.
I think to strengthen ourselves in the LORD we must…
- Remember God’s love. Tell ourselves, nothing will separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus.
- Remember God’s promises. Tell ourselves, He will never leave us or forsake us.
- Remember God’s faithfulness. Tell ourselves, he is faithful even when we are not.
In our dark times we need to remember God’s goodness and tell ourselves God’s truths. In doing so we will strengthen ourselves in the LORD.