Practical Encouragement

[Written Especially for Young People]

In the thirtieth chapter of I Samuel it is related that at a time of great distress "David encouraged himself in the Lord his God." Though still in early manhood, David had had ample proof that "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble," as he confidently declares in the forty-sixth Psalm.

The narrative records that, upon returning from an expedition, David and his men found that their families had been carried away, their goods stolen, and the city burned. In their grief David's men threatened to stone him, though he was in no way to blame for their plight. Then it was that David "encouraged himself in the Lord his God." He earnestly asked God for guidance, and was led to follow after his enemies with his men. As a result of obeying this divine counsel, they recovered all that had been taken from them. Thus encouragement in God, good, proved practical.

December 30, 1939

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