Sunday, June 12, 2016


“In my distress I called upon the Lord, and cried out to my God; He heard my voice from His temple, and my cry came before Him, even to His ears.” Psalm 18:6 NKJV

Even brave Christians have moments of distress. It’s not that anyone is complaining or wants to quit it is just because the journey gets rough sometimes. It was in the middle of a great time of distress in which the people he knew and trusted was against him that David encouraged- some translations say strengthened- himself (1 Samuel 30:6). And he, David, turned to the Lord for direction (1 Samuel 30:7-8) and God told him to keep going.

You have to know the Word; you have to have a personal relationship with God through Jesus and know Scripture in order to overcome hard times. Jesus said:

“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer I have overcome the world. John 16:33 NKJV

Crap happens! No matter how diligent you try to adhere to the principles and precepts found in God’s word. Many of us put a smile on our face and go about our daily activities as if everything is alright when it is not. If David had not encouraged himself he would have given up.

“And it came to pass, when David and his men were come to Ziklag on the third day, that the Amalekites had invaded the south, and Ziklag, and smitten Ziklag, and burned it with fire; and had taken the women captives, that were therein: they slew not any, either great or small, but carried them away, and went on their way. So David and his men came to the city, and, behold, it was burned with fire; and their wives, and their sons, and their daughters, were taken captives. Then David and the people that were with him lifted up their voice and wept, until they had no more power to weep. And David's two wives were taken captives, Ahinoam the Jezreelitess, and Abigail the wife of Nabal the Carmelite. 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 30:1-6 KJV

The town was destroyed, the women were captured (including David’s 2 wives) as were the children and the men were so angry that they were considering killing David. What would you do? I have heard of people who have lost their mind, literally, when tragedy has struck. I have heard of people who have committed suicide when tragedy struck. There are people who turn to evil when tragedy strikes and live the rest of their lives in hate and unwilling to forgive. But David had a relationship with God and in the midst of his pain he decided to go to the One who could deliver him from his despair.

David went to God and asked what do you want me to do? David did not complain about what had happened. David did not blame God for what had happened. David did not go to God and accuse Him of not fulfilling His promises. He asked God: Do you want me to keep going?

“And David enquired at the LORD, saying, Shall I pursue after this troop? shall I overtake them? And he answered him, Pursue: for thou shalt surely overtake them, and without fail recover all.” 1 Samuel 30:8 KJV

God knew what had happened to the people David did not need to inform Him of the situation. When David went to God he simply asked: Do you want me to keep going?
It is safe to assume that David was hurting, this is why he had to encourage himself. The fact people with weapons were ready to kill him is not conducive to feeling safe and secure. Yet, in his time of distress David did what was necessary to get past his feelings; he sucked it up and encouraged himself and then he turned to God.

Jesus knew that He would have to suffer yet the agony of being separated from His Father did not make it any easier. Nothing we have gone through, are going through or will go through can compared to what Jesus did on our behalf.

“And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice saying, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My God, My God, why have you forsaken Me?” Matthew 27:46 NKJV

 In His distress God the Son cried out to God the Father; it was not a statement needing a response because they both knew why. God knows exactly what is going on in your life and why it is happening.
“And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up His spirit.” Matthew 27:50 NKJV

Jesus decided to keep going. David decided to keep going. You must decide to keep going.

As long as you are doing what God has instructed you to do you will have victory. Jesus arouse from death and now is alive sitting next to Father God. David got back everything the enemy had stolen from him as did the men who had threatened to kill him.

“In my distress I called upon the Lord, and cried out to my God; He heard my voice from His temple, and my cry came before Him, even to His ears.” Psalm 18:6 NKJV

Psalm 18:6 is not about your prayers it is about your life. You are important to God. God sees and hears what is going on in your life. Jesus said we are to expect crap to happen but know that He has made a way for everyone to overcome the crap but you have to keep going.

And that is the world according to NETTIE xxx Short Stories and essays and other ramblings by Marsha L F Randolph; All rights reserved do not use without the permission of the author Marsha L F Randolph