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This Week's Sermon: ( 5-26-15 )

The psalmist David knew how to encourage himself in the Lord despite devastation in his life.

When the Amalekites burned the city of Ziklag, and took the Jews hostage, including David's 2 wives, David and his army wept. David was greatly distressed, because his own people thought to blame him for what happened and wanted to stone him.

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. 1 Samuel 30:6

David had a relationship with the Lord in which he trusted God and knew in his heart that God is good...no matter the turmoil in his life.

David said at one time;

And I said, Oh that I had wings like a dove! for then would I fly away, and be at rest.

Psalm 55:6

Like many of us, David had hardships in life too.

Seven months ago, my wife died.

I'm distressed and devastated over losing her.

I miss her so bad.

I love her so much.

Paul and Silas also knew how to encourage themselves in the Lord despite devastation in their life.

And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them. Acts 16:25

If David, Paul and Silas could encourage themselves in the Lord and be joyful despite all opposition, then we can too.

They obviously trusted God in their heart that He loved them and meant only to do good to them.

In both situations - David, Paul and Silas, came out victorious.

Wayne Brown