Are you feeling discouraged lately? Maybe you feel let down by people you are close with, or, perhaps your circumstances in life never seem to get better. If anything, life seems to take a decline into the worst possible scenarios. Truth is, I have faced those times, and, often, I still see those days. Everyone gets discouraged. The question is: what will you do about it?
David Encouraged Himself in the Lord
King David, the author of many of the Psalms in the Bible, had to encourage himself in the Lord. David was anointed by the prophet, Samuel, to be King over Israel, but he did not immediately step into that position. Before becoming King, David went through many battles, many of them with Saul, who was King at the time David was anointed.
Saul was extremely jealous of David and attempted to kill him. David remained on the run from Saul for a long period of time. In 1 Samuel 30, David and his men came to Ziklag to discover the place had been burned, and all the people in Ziklag had been taken captive, including David’s wives.
The men with David were grieved. In their grief, they lashed out at David. They even threatened to stone him. Needless to say, David felt extremely distressed. However, he found something inside him that caused him to encourage himself in the Lord. Victory came soon after. The captives were rescued then, soon, David became King.
How You Can Encourage Yourself
Like David, you might be going through one battle after another. It might seem that everyone is lashing out at you due to their own grief. You might be waiting on some type of breakthrough or promise of God to come to pass just as David had to wait for a time before stepping into the position God promised him.
Throughout the Psalms written by David, he would express his true feelings to the Lord, but then he would praise God. One way of lifting a heavy spirit is to praise God. It is a challenge, at first. Soon, you will feel better. You can speak praise or sing praise.
Another way to encourage yourself is to reach out to someone else who is hurting. Sometimes, forgetting about yourself for a while and focusing on others will put your problems into perspective. Often, I have found that when I pray for someone else or reach out to another person, my situation will be resolved.
Finally, it is important to find scriptures of encouragement for your situation. Reading the Psalms or other uplifting scriptures will breath life into your situation. Speak those scriptures out loud, and you will notice what power the Word of God has. After all, the Word is living and active (Hebrews 4:12-13).
What about you? If you are discouraged, what steps will you take to encourage yourself in the Lord? You do not have to remain in a pit of discouragement!