At this point in time all were already EXHAUSTED from their three day journey. Now they were HEARTBROKEN because everyone and everything they loved and valued was gone, and they were ANGRY over this turn of events. Their ANGER was in part directed toward David, whom they felt should have had some of the men stay behind to protect their city from such a fate as this. David's faithful followers spoke of stoning him for this! (Put yourself in David's place. Try to imagine the exhaustion, grief, regret and anxiety he must have experienced.)
David encouraged himself in the LORD his God.WHO encouraged David to continue on? David encouraged David! It's great to be encouraged by others when we face adversity, but at times we will have to encourage ourselves in the LORD like David did. Please notice that he didn't just encourage himself, he encouraged himself in the LORD his God.
We all face battles in this life with great opportunities to DESPAIR as David did, but instead of self-pity or giving up, he did the brave thing -- he chose to continue for the sake of all who would be adversely affected if he quit! He thought of others not himself. Also, he knew his source of strength was Almighty God.
David was God's chosen and ANOINTED to lead all of Israel, yet he faced great disappointments, heartaches and problems, over an extended time. Earlier in his life, his faith was great enough to slay that mighty Philistine, Goliath, but now deliverance was nowhere in sight! As followers of the Lord Jesus Christ, we too are all ANOINTED (1 Jn. 2:27), even though we must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God (Acts 14:22). The question is: Will we encourage ourselves in the Lord for our sakes and the sake of others we love the most, as David did? It's our choice, as it was his!
In the course of all this disappointment and frustration as they searched for their enemies, they found an abandoned Egyptian, who had not eaten anything for three days and three nights. They could have very easily ignored this man's needs with their ardent desire to be reunited with their loved ones. However, they chose to show mercy on this man, while precious time was ticking by! It turned out that this man was God's means of providing for David and the others the exact location of the Amalekites! (It's a good thing for them that they were merciful to that Egyptian. Little did they know the important role he would play in accomplishing their goal.)
David and his men fought the Amalekites from dusk until the evening of the next day or about 36 hours. (Victory was in store for David, but he had to fight hard and long to get it!) They recovered everything.
Nothing was missing: young or old, boy or girl, plunder or anything else they had taken. David brought everything back (1 Sam. 30:19).Try to imagine how happy Ahinoam and Abigal, David's two wives, were at this point! Imagine how happy the other wives and the children were to be reunited with their husbands and fathers. Imagine how happy they all were that David and the 400 endured -- that they didn't quit -- that they didn't leave them abandoned without hope of escape!
Finally, try to imagine how thankful and glad David and his men were when it was all over. They were now reunited once again with their families and had recovered their own goods. The battles were over. Was it worth ENDURING the many hardships that came their way? If they were here to answer, they would unanimously answer YES!
(Paul, inspired by the Holy Spirit, said that he himself "fought the good fight," finished the race and kept the faith, 2 Tim. 4:7.) This life is filled with BATTLES against desires and unseen enemies that would tend to hinder our walk with Almighty God. Job said:
Man born of woman is of few days and full of trouble (14:1).Paul said regarding the Christian life:
If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men (1 Cor. 15:19).This revelation, however, didn't stop or even slow down this mighty Apostle who wrote approximately 1/2 of the New Testament. It didn't stop him because he knew there was more in a better by far place (Phil. 1:23). Therefore, he chose to endure the hatred, insults, frustrations, beatings, etc. as he lived godly, for his single goal was to please the Lord (2 Cor. 5:9) and WIN SOULS (1 Cor. 10:33). He said:
For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that FAR outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes NOT on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal (2 Cor. 4:17,18).In other words, don't let your earthly troubles overwhelm you. They are only temporary, not eternal! Remember, David wasn't overwhelmed by his troubles!
When the tired, but happy warriors reunited with the 200, the 400 wrongly didn't want to return their possessions to them. David rebuked them upon the fact that it was God who protected them in battle and gave them the victory. Consequently, their possessions were returned to them also. (Can you imagine the SHAME they experienced for staying behind, instead of going into battle.) So, even the 200 were blessed by those who were persevering. Their lives also could now return to the norm, since their families were reunited. All this began with just one person, at a crucial time, deciding to encourage himself in the LORD, instead of giving up. Things turned for David and his men based upon that single decision!
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Perhaps at this juncture, you're wondering HOW you can encourage yourself in the Lord and in so doing be a blessing to yourself and others as well. There are five main ways this can be accomplished.
Now that you know WHAT to do and HOW to do it, the choice is yours, as it was for David! To be victorious, at times, you're going to have to encourage yourself in the Lord. Victory and blessings followed David's choice. On the other hand, try to imagine what would have happened if he didn't!