But David Encouraged Himself In The Lord

But David encouraged himself in the Lord

Though gloom and despair hissed, then roared

Circumstances were most certainly bleak

So the face of God, he continued to seek.


Perhaps the enemy felt he had scored

But David encouraged himself in the Lord

Somehow through the grief, he was able to see

His unfailing God of victory.


His people, so down, spake a terrible thing

Of putting to death by stoning, their king

But David encouraged himself in the Lord

By earnestly seeking the One he adored.


Helped by his trust in the God of glory

A happy ending to the sweet psalmist’s story

Life’s music had produced an ugly chord

But David encouraged himself in the Lord.



1Samuel 30:1

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.


So David and his men came to the city, and, behold, it was burned with fire; and their wives, and their sons, and their daughters, were taken captives.


Then David and the people that were with him lifted up their voice and wept, until they had no more power to weep.


And David’s two wives were taken captives, Ahinoam the Jezreelitess, and Abigail the wife of Nabal the Carmelite.


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.


And David said to Abiathar the priest, Ahimelech’s son, I pray thee, bring me hither the ephod. And Abiathar brought thither the ephod to David.


And David enquired at the LORD, saying, Shall I pursue after this troop? shall I overtake them? And he answered him, Pursue: for thou shalt surely overtake them, and without fail recover all.

1Sa 30:18

And David recovered all that the Amalekites had carried away: and David rescued his two wives.

1Sa 30:19

And there was nothing lacking to them, neither small nor great, neither sons nor daughters, neither spoil, nor any thing that they had taken to them: David recovered all.


7 thoughts on “But David Encouraged Himself In The Lord

  1. I love the phrase “but David encouraged himself in the Lord.” And he sought the guidance of the Lord and was able to recover all that had been lost. Seeking the guidance of the Lord is what we all should be doing.

  2. You have presented the key to victory – “David encouraged himself in the Lord”. God holds the key if we but trust – you’ve said it all beautifully.
    Thank you, Karen.

  3. What a lovely poem, Carol. The quatern form is one of my favorites. The reminder in this poem is so very important.

    I was jut reading 1 John 5:4 which holds a wonderful promise. Here it is in the New Living Translation which I don’t read often but this paraphrase really speaks to me.

    “For every child of God defeats this evil world, and we achieve this victory through our faith. ”

    Hi Scotti. Thanks for sharing this Scripture. I know God responded to David’s faith, and He will definitely respond when we put our faith in Him too.

    Blessings to you today!

  4. “But David encouraged himself in the Lord” is a fantastic line.

    Hi Helen. Yes, I think it is fantastic too, especially considering all that David went through. I can’t imagine how discouraging it would be to come home to a burnt city, no family because they have been taken captives and then as the ruler, having your people turn against you to the point of wanting to kill you. I’m sure the devil must have ridden his case about being a failure or having God fail him, but somehow David pressed through that and continued to seek and believe God.

  5. This is so beautiful Sis Connell. When I read your poem I got Holy Ghost chills. I was just talking to my daughter about the key to victory is doing what David did, “Encouraging himself in the Lord” I can’t wait to show this to her. I know she will want me to print it out so she can hang it up in her room if you don’t mind. We will put your name on it as the author.

    Hi Jolene. Yes, I believe doing what David did is a key to victory. I believe David was able to do this, because God had brought him through many things in his life before this point, and he had learned the value of praying to and praising the Lord. It’s a great lesson from which all of us can learn.

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