“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)

When I think of the Bible verse that says David encouraged himself, I am reminded that I can do the same. The verse lends additional and important information. David was greatly distressed because the people spoke of stoning him, because they were deeply grieved against him. David encouraged himself in the LORD his God. 

Each of us has known disappointment and concern for the future. This is normal; sometimes it passes quickly, but when not handled properly it can grow into a situation that feels like David’s. He had reasons to be greatly discouraged, as do we in the world we live in. People are doing crazy and violent things. In the United States we are in the throes on a contentious election period. 

Some of us are concerned for our safety, or the safety of loved ones. Most of us have lost a loved one recently and unexpectedly. We have concern for tomorrow. We are hated because of what we believe and yet! What we believe is our salvation, but we are hated for it. 

David was able to encourage himself in the Lord, because they – the LORD and David – were in relationship. I believe David prayed but he also meditated upon God’s Word. As I read through my Bible, I frequently come upon a verse and I think, “I need this for my life.” I do not want to forget it, so I write it on a 3 X 5 card.  I think about it as I write it and I thank God for the encouragement or challenge He by that verse.

My faith has made every difference in my life and while I do not think that my life is easy, I think it is good. It is overflowing with blessing on the hardest days. It is important to think right thoughts and you can be sure, right thoughts are found in Scripture! His Words can bring sweet comfort. They will help you make sense of the chaos around you, to discern what is most important. 

Some of my cards may be ten years old; some I have given away, but I have had this practice for many years. Today I grabbed a small stack and took them with me on my walk on this unusually pleasant Florida day. 

Here are the verses I looked at today:

  • “The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations,  …”  (2 Peter 2:9a)
  • “I will hear what God the LORD will speak: for he will speak peace unto his people, and to his saints: but let them not turn again to folly.”  (Psalms 85:8)
  • “For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.”  (Psalms 84:11). 
  • Separately, on the same card, this verse:  “O LORD of hosts, blessed is the man that trusteth in thee.”  (Psalms 84:12)
  • “Is it such a fast that I have chosen? a day for a man to afflict his soul? is it to bow down his head as a bulrush, and to spread sackcloth and ashes under him? wilt thou call this a fast, and an acceptable day to the LORD?”  (Isaiah 58:5)
  • ” We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.”  (2 Corinthians 4:8-10)
  • ” There is no wisdom nor understanding nor counsel against the LORD.”  (Proverbs 21:30)
  • “He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.”  (Psalms 147:3)
  • “Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and she shall keep thee.”  (Proverbs 4:6)
  • “Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: …”  (Proverbs 4:7a)
  • “According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death.”  (Philippians 1:20)
  • “Many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it: if a man would give all the substance of his house for love, it would utterly be contemned.”  (Song of Solomon 8:7)
  • “Whoso despiseth the word shall be destroyed: but he that feareth the commandment shall be rewarded.”  (Proverbs 13:13)
  • “O love the LORD, all ye his saints: for the LORD preserveth the faithful, and plentifully rewardeth the proud doer.”  (Psalms 31:23)
  • “This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptation.”  (1 Timothy 4:9)
  • “But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.”  (James 1:4)

These verses are just a very few cards and were likely written because they spoke to me about something in my life when I wrote them.  1 Timothy 4:9:  This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptation. I have no idea why I wrote that but I considered how important God’s Words are.  Incidentally, the word “acceptation” means here that we approve of the saying. All Scripture is worthy of acceptation. 

I write verses because they strengthen my faith or my resolve. They help me to reconcile situations an increase serenity. God reveals Himself to me through them. I am encouraged in the Lord. 

Why were these verses important when I copied them? I do not always remember; it is always funny to read through my cards and see that I have written the same verse several times at different times. These verses have served as reminders,  preventing me from making a wrong decision or insisting upon my own way. God has used these cards as lifesavers.  He has used them to bring bring repentance.

They can never take away from daily Bible reading. Without that, they would not have the meaning they do. Days or weeks may pass that I don’t use these, but they are there when I need to get my mind thinking right. I keep them in a bowl, but I’d be just as happy with them tossed into a basket. Their existence has been a value to me for a great many years.

I am going to share one with you each day of  October, Lord willing 😀.  I may tell you what it meant to me or how it helped me. It is already my prayer that you will build your own arsenal of verses that you can run to when the going gets tough! You know, when the going gets tough, the tough run to Jesus! 

 God bless the good-natured, for they bless everybody else. Henry Ward Beecher