1 samuel 30a Great sorrow; encourage yourself in the Lord.

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1 samuel 30a Great sorrow; encourage yourself in the Lord.

  1. 1. Pure Heart MusicMinistries will be withus this Sunday, January 13, 2013 to lead in worship at 11:00 AM www.pureheartmusicministries.org Gospel Baptist Tabernacle 781 Salem Road, Flintstone, GA 30741 www.rossvillechurch.com January 13, 2013 1
  2. 2. The Philistines are gathered against Israel at Jezreel, where God hasalready said that Israel will be defeated.David is with the Philistines.The Philistine warlords have demanded that Achish send David back to Ziklag,because they don’t trust him. 2
  3. 3. 1 Samuel 30 1 And it came topass, when David and his menwere come to Ziklag on thethird day, that the Amalekiteshad invaded the south, andZiklag, and smittenZiklag, and burned it withfire; What do we know about the Amalekites?Saul was commanded to utterly destroy them, and did not. 3
  4. 4. 2 And had taken the wo-men captives, that weretherein: they slew notany, either great orsmall, but carried themaway, and went on theirway. What a tragedy to come home to! Why do you think that they killed no one? The Hand of God 4
  5. 5. Many would say, “Why did God allow this to happen in the first place?” “He could have prevented it.”Psalm 34 19 Many are the afflictions of the right-eous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all.Afflictions, trials, and tribulations serve a purpose in the lives of God’s people.They prepare us for great service in God’s Kingdom.They make us strong, build our faith, and make us humble that we may trust in our God. 5
  6. 6. 3-4 So David and his mencame to thecity, and, behold, it wasburned with fire; and theirwives, and their sons, and Psalm 126:5-6 (TLB)their daughters, were taken Those who sow tearscaptives. Then David and shall reap joy.the people that were with Yes, they go outhim lifted up their voice weeping, carrying seedand wept, until they had no for sow-ing, and returnmore power to weep. singing, carrying their sheaves. 6
  7. 7. The Lord sees our tears and they touch His Heart. Don’t be afraid to cry in times of sorrow.The Lord will hear and answer your heart’s cry. 7
  8. 8. 5 And Davids two wiveswere takencaptives, Ahinoam theJezreelitess, and Abigail thewife of Nabal the Carmelite. David’s loss was as great as anyone’s.But we will see a different response. 8
  9. 9. 6 And David was greatly distressed; for the peoplespake of stoning him, because the soul of all thepeople was grieved, every man for his sons and forhis daughters: Sometimes grief will turn to anger.That is not the best response, but it is human. Who among us can say? “I have always responded to all situations just right.” David shows us the better response. 9
  10. 10. 6b but David encouraged himself in the LORD hisGod.Of course they wept upon returning to find theirhomes burned and their families taken captive.But after they wept the men were bitter toward David and spoke of stoning him to death – Even though his loss was as great as theirs. 10
  11. 11. 6b but David encouraged himself in the LORD hisGod. His men weren’t going to encourage him; They wanted to stone him.So he encouraged himself – but not in himself. In the Lord. 11
  12. 12. When we depend on family or friends for encouragement and happiness We will often be disappointed.But the Lord will never fail us.Go to His Word. 12
  13. 13. Psalm 103 1 Bless the LORD, O my soul: and allthat is within me, bless His Holy Name. 2 Bless theLORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: Talk to yourself. Remind yourself of God’s Goodness. Rehearse all the benefits of serving God. Rehearse the good things He has done for you.Psalm 150 2 Praise Him for His mighty acts: praiseHim according to His excellent greatness. 13
  14. 14. 3 Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth allthy diseases; 4 Who redeemeth thy life from des-truction; who crowneth thee with loving-kindnessand tender mercies; 5 Who satisfieth thy mouthwith good things; so that thy youth is renewed likethe eagles. Psalm 103 Only the Lord can do these things. Remind yourself! 14
  15. 15. 6-9 The LORD executeth righteousness and judg-ment for all that are oppressed. He made knownHis ways unto Moses, His acts unto the children ofIsrael. The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow toanger, and plenteous in mercy. 9 He will not alwayschide: neither will He keep His anger forever.Psalm 103 Stick close to the Lord.If you have strayed from His side, return. 15
  16. 16. 10-12 He hath not dealt with us after our sins; norrewarded us according to our iniquities. For as theHeaven is high above the earth, so great is Hismercy toward them that fear Him. As far as the eastis from the west, so far hath He removed ourtransgressions from us. Psalm 103 To remind ourselves of God’s Goodness is to encourage ourselves in the Lord. You may be reaping some trouble that you have sown, but if you love the Lord, Trouble will end; fellowship will be restored. 16
  17. 17. 13 Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORDpitieth them that fear Him. 14 For He knoweth ourframe; He remembereth that we are dust. Psalm 103 Our weakness never surprises the Lord. He knows us. He doesn’t forget that we are but dust. When we mess up, God is not shocked. He knew what we would do before we did. 17
  18. 18. 15 As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower ofthe field, so he flourisheth. 16 For the wind passethover it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shallknow it no more. Psalm 103 This life is short; we won’t be here long. Hard times will end; good times are coming. 18
  19. 19. 17 Butthe mercy of the LORD is from everlastingto everlasting upon them that fear Him, and Hisrighteousness unto childrens children; 18 To such askeep His Covenant, and to those that remember HisCommandments to do them. Psalm 103 Such reminders are how we can encourage ourselves in the Lord.Don’t rehearse your troubles, as we are prone to do. Count your blessings. Praise God according to His excellent greatness. 19

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