“And it came to pass, when David and his men were come to Ziklag on the third day, that the Amalekites had invaded the south, and Ziklag, and smitten Ziklag, and burned it with fire; And had taken the women captives, that were therein: they slew not any, either great or small, but carried them away, and went on their way… And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the LORD his God.” – 1 Samuel 30.1-2, 6
One of the greatest things about a New Testament church is the encouragement that God’s people offer one another during difficult times. God has called each of His people to “exhort one another daily” in Hebrews 3.13; but sometimes no one knows about your trial or is there with an encouraging word. In our text, David found himself in just such a situation. While David and his men were returning to their home in Ziklag, the Amalekites invaded and took everyone captive. To make things worse, David’s own men were considering stoning him to appease their sorrow. Because of all these pressures on the outside and his own grief on the inside, the Bible says that David was “greatly distressed.” Yet the Bible also says that David was able to encourage himself in the Lord. He was able to do that because he took his eyes off his problems and pressures and fixed them on his LORD’s power and providence. Today, we can encourage ourselves the same way David did, by choosing to focus on our Almighty God and not on our problems.