David2David was greatly distressed because the men were talking of stoning him; each one was bitter in spirit because of his sons and daughters. But David found strength in the LORD his God. (1 Samuel 30:6 NIV)

Sometimes life can be like going 15 rounds with boxing champ Floyd Mayweather Jr. Problems in our marriage feel like an uppercut to the chin. A paycheck that won’t cover unexpected bills doubles us over like a punch in the gut. Persistent health problems, chronic pain, and doctor visit after doctor visit with no answers weakens us like a flurry of body blows. Being harassed and made fun of at school day after day feels like a right cross to the noggin. The punches keep coming from every angle, our knees weaken, our resolve dissolves, and we have no answers for the blows that come from living life in the ring.

David lived his life in the ring. He was beat up, beaten down, and was given a “standing eight count” on many occasions. Our Scripture memory verse for the week comes from one of those times in David’s life. In 1 Samuel 30:1-6, David and his men returned to base camp at Ziklag. When the men arrived they found that the Amalekites had burned their homes and taken their wives and children. It was a knockout punch when the men realized everything they valued was gone.

In 1 Samuel 30:4 we read, “So David and his men wept aloud until they had no strength left to weep.” David and his men were not the weeping kind. They were rugged, NFL linebacker type guys, but when they saw the embers of what use to be home and not a woman or child in sight, they cried until they were exhausted. Can you relate to David and his men? Have you ever cried until you were all cried out?

David was their leader, but he was also a fellow sufferer as his two wives, Ahinoam and Abigail were gone. If this were not enough, in exhaustion and sorrow, the men’s thinking went sideways and they began to think it would be a good idea to stone David to death. This is where we find our Scripture for the week.

David was greatly distressed because the men were talking of stoning him; each one was bitter in spirit because of his sons and daughters. But David found strength in the LORD his God. (1 Samuel 30:6 NIV)

These were David’s friends, his boys, and yet they were ready to kill him because of the tragic turn of events that had taken place. David had been there for his friends. He had led his friends. Encouraged his friends. Stood up for his friends. Yet, they were ready to kill him because they were “bitter in spirit.” They weren’t bitter because of anything David had done. Their bitterness stemmed from their loss and they had to take it out on someone. They had to blame someone. We know how that works don’t we? We’ve got to have somebody to blame for our sorrow, loss, and pain in life. David could have done any number of things at that point, but he refused to waste his time trying to defend himself or point fingers back at his accusers. Instead, David committed himself to seek one thing only…“he found strength in the Lord his God.”

The Lord strengthened David that lonely day and He would strengthen David many more times in the years to come. My prayer for you and me is that we will hide this truth in our hearts so that in our days of desperation the Holy Spirit might remind us to find strength in the Lord.

 

52 Weeks 52 Verses: Week 6
1 Samuel 30:6