Overcoming Discouragement (by Nicole Boswell)
“The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?” (Psalm 27:1)
King David had many reasons to feel discouraged. He was often on the run from his enemies. First, it was King Saul who sought David’s life because he was jealous of David. Then, David’s son Absalom wanted to kill him to take over the throne. David fought many wars, and often had enemies looking to kill him. Recorded for us in the Bible are a few of David’s major blunders. We know about the time David committed adultery then murder. David also disobeyed God by counting the people of Israel when God had told him not to.
David had good reasons to feel discouraged, yet he always found strength in the Lord to keep going. Psalms 27 (a psalm of David) is a great resource we have to remind us of the strength we can find in the Lord and how He always has our back, just like He had David’s. “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?” This verse goes right along with Psalms 118:6 - “The Lord is for me; I will not fear; what can man do to me?” God is on our side. God is fighting for us. There is no greater ally we can have. When the world is bringing you down and you feel the weight of this world bearing down on your shoulders, just remember who is on your side. Verse 5 says “For He will hide me in His shelter in the day of trouble”. We always have a shelter with Him from the storm and from persecutions. Verse 6 says “My head shall be lifted up above my enemies all around me”. Even if we are conquered by our enemies in this physical life, NO ONE can defeat us in our spiritual battle. God has already won the battle for our souls. We simply need to remain faithful and weather the storms of this physical life.
In John 16:33, Jesus says, “I have said these things to you that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation, but take heart; I have overcome the world.” This world is broken. It is full of sin and disappointments. We will have bad days/weeks/months, but remember that Jesus has overcome the world and He is bringing us along with Him if only we will choose to follow Him!
So take heart, Sister! Your God is here to lift you up, guide you, and shelter you! He will help you overcome discouragement!
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