Today’s Reading: Isaiah 7:1-8:10; Psalm 64:1-3; Proverbs 14:7
Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel. Curds and honey He shall eat, that He may know to refuse the evil and choose the good. For before the Child shall know to refuse the evil and choose the good, the land that you dread will be forsaken by both her kings.
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. (Acts 1:8)
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. But David strengthened himself in the LORD his God. (1 Samuel 30:6)
It is all right to weep, but when you are done, you need to strengthen yourself. It is all right to grieve, it is all right to express those emotions, but when you are done, you need to strengthen yourself in the Lord.
You need to connect with God in whatever way you find is best for you. If it is lifting your hands and worshiping Him, then that is what you should do.
If it is getting into His Word (which I would suggest for everyone) and spending time feeding your spirit, then do that. If it is reminding yourself about how God has helped you in the past, you need to do that.
Personally I believe that is what David was doing when the Bible says he "strengthened himself in the Lord." I think David was reminding himself about:
· How God delivered him from the lion and the bear;
· How God delivered Goliath into his hands; and
· How God delivered him when Saul tried to kill him.
I am confident David was thinking, "You know, God hasn’t delivered me so miraculously in my past to get to this point and to let go of my hand and abandon me. I know He is going to help me now."
David was strengthening himself in the Lord, and you need to learn to do the same thing.