1 I will bless the LORD at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth. . .
4 I sought the LORD, and He heard me, And delivered me from all my fears.
Psalm 34


I Samuel 30:
1. Now it happened, when David and his men came to Ziklag, on the third day, that the Amalekites had invaded the South and Ziklag, attacked Ziklag and burned it with fire,
2. and had taken captive the women and those who were there, from small to great; they did not kill anyone, but carried them away and went their way.
3. So David and his men came to the city, and there it was, burned with fire; and their wives, their sons, and their daughters had been taken captive.
4. Then David and the people who were with him lifted up their voices and wept, until they had no more power to weep.
5. And David's two wives, Ahinoam the Jezreelitess, and Abigail the widow of Nabal the Carmelite, had been taken captive.
6. Then David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and his daughters. But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God.    New King James Bible

At this time in his life David was a young fugitive who led an army of about 400 men who were also fugitives. A sympathetic king had given David and his men the city of Ziklag to live in. They would make raids on their enemies and then return to Ziklag to rest, plan their next raid and spend time with their families.

This time when they got home their houses were burned and their families were abducted. The men were also tired, worn out and discouraged. During the night of mourning they got more and more distressed and by the next morning they had lost their power to reason and were thinking of stoning David, their leader: the only one who could get them out of this difficulty successfully.

They pretended not to notice that David had also had his house burned and lost his own family. They wanted to blame him for their misfortune. Often when people are exhausted and not thinking clearly, they make accusations which are unfair and sometimes irrational.

The problem with blaming someone for our troubles is that it sends our life into a downward spiral and keeps us locked in captivity to blame. Once you get locked into the trap of having to blame someone, you will remain in that prison until you yourself decide to refocus and escape to freedom.

Father, if I have locked myself in a prison of blame, please forgive me for taking my eyes off your goals for my life.
Today I refocus my attention on You and Your purposes for me and I ask You to take me out of this downward spiral,
in the name of Jesus,


A new study in this series is available every day!
See you tomorrow, God willing.
Until then, trust in the Lord with your whole being
and be blessed in all you do today!

Pastor Grace

welcomes you to walk
with David
through a troubled time,
in his life!
Through his faith
in God's love and grace
he came through victorious!

The Lord Jesus Christ said:
John 14:
26 The Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything and make you remember all that I have told you.
27 "Peace is what I leave with you; it is my own peace that I give you. I do not give it as the world does. Do not be worried and upset; do not be afraid.
(Good News Bible)

God's Thought: