Strengthening Ourselves in the Lord

 

David had many struggles as well as victories before becoming king. In his conflict with the Amalekites, he goes through great distress and loss. But instead of slipping into despair, he turns to God and finds his strength in Him. 

“…But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God.” – 1 Samuel 30:6

We need more of that, don’t we? Strength in the Lord? I know I do!

Strengthening Ourselves in the Lord

When the storms of daily life hit - whether big or small - strengthen yourself in the Lord! Here's biblical encouragement from the pages of David's story.

We may not be facing the same kind of turmoil and personal danger that David was, but in our daily struggles as a moms, wives, homemakers, friends, sisters, daughters…, we want to strengthen ourselves in the Lord. And when a storm hits, we want to find our strength and refuge in Him. Don’t we? Our own strength is not enough when our hearts are distressed and we face trials and temptations.

So how can we strengthen ourselves in the Lord? What does it mean?

Give it to God 
“Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall” (Psalm 55:22)

In prayer and in attitude, turn your problems over to God. Let go of the outcome while staying diligent in what you must do to face the issue. We know this usually not a one-time thing and it’s rarely easy. Once you find that anxiety or distress creeping back in, turn it over once again to the God who is bigger than all of it and cares deeply for us!

Meditate on His Word
Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against you. (Psalm 119:11) 

We know David knew God’s Word and it had become a part of who he was. A huge weapon in our daily battles is the Word of God. Memorizing it, reading it daily, spending time thinking and writing about it… God’s words and His thoughts will superimpose upon our own and become a source of great strength in our lives.

Read, Pray, and Memorize James with Your Family - this resource includes a year-long study for families with multiple ages. Use it alone or with whatever reading and study plan you're already using!

Praise Him
“But I will sing of your strength, in the morning I will sing of your love; for you are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble.” (Psalm 59:16)

Even when things are rough, praising Him can put our focus back where it belongs. We can remember the greatness of God and who He is in our lives. Our problems are put into perspective, and we are left in awe of His love for us and His great faithfulness.

Find Support in His People
“Therefore, encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” (1 Thessalonians 5:11)

Seek out those close friends and mentors who can encourage you, point you to Jesus, and remind you of who God is and His provision and faithfulness in your life!

“Look to the LORD and his strength; seek his face always.” 
– 1 Chronicles 16:11
 

Just that one little piece about David strengthening himself in the Lord was such an encouragement to me! I hope it is to you as well. Have a blessed day!

 

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This Post Has 7 Comments

  1. Oh this was a great post. Thanks for sharing those verses too. Great reminders. I am trying to poll bloggers and find out what type of inter net they have. Cable or hotspot. Trying to find something cheaper. Would you mind stopping in and leaving me a comment and let me know about your service? Thanks again for this great post.
    Thanks for sharing have a great week.
    Sherry

  2. Oh I forgot. I am going to follow via email. I loved meeting you! Have a great week.
    Sherry

  3. I especially like your point about praising Him, no matter what. We are in the midst of a tough time right now, but keeping my gratitude list going is a concrete way to keep focused on God, praising him every day.

    Thanks for linking up at Graceful!

  4. Not sure where my comment went! Anyway, I wrote something about how I like your point about praising God, even amidst the tough times. My family is going through a hard time right now, but keeping my gratitude journal is a concrete way for me to keep praising God all along.

    Thanks for linking up with Graceful this week!

  5. Tauna–Thanks so much for this beautiful and edifying post!

    Thanks for linking up at In the Nursery of the Nation 🙂

  6. Tauna, I love that 1 Thessalonians 5: 11 scripture 😉 Seriously, though, this is an excellent reminder to continually gird ourselves up in the Lord and things of Him. Thank you, friend.

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