Late last week I was working through these kinds of feelings and emotions when I thought about the scripture that says, David encouraged himself in the Lord. I found it in 1 Samuel 30:6. As I was meditating on it a thought occurred to me. David was alone. Perhaps he was in the most alone spot in his life. The Philistines had rejected his offer to join their efforts. He returned "home" to Ziklag to find it ransacked and all his goods, women, children and other stuff - gone! It says he was greatly distressed since all the people were talking of stoning him - they blamed him.
Although I have reminded myself of this scripture oftentimes, I never realized it was written about a time David felt so alone. David encouraged himself, strengthened himself in the Lord - in one of the darkest moments of his life. What does that even mean? So I did a bit of research and found that it's probable that David penned Psalm 16 during this time. I loved it. It's so applicable and perfect.
It seems to have more significance when David pens:
- O my soul - you have said to the Lord, "You are my Lord..."
- O Lord, YOU are the portion of my inheritance and my cup; You maintain my lot...
- My flesh will rest in hope -
- In Your presence is fullness of joy...