"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
Notice that it said David encouraged himself in the Lord "his" God- not just in the Lord. The Lord was "his" God. That indicates something personal. God wasn't just someone he had heard about. Or someone that he was only familiar with through the testimonies of another person. The Lord wasn't just David's father's God that he had been brought up to believe in. He wasn't just a God that he had heard the priest teach about. But He was someone that David knew for himself.
David knew God in a personal way. He had communion with Him daily. He had depended on Him many times through many trials. He had a personal relationship with Him- as a Father and a son. He was a worshipper of God. He followed His commandments. Therefore, when David was in his greatest hour of testing, he knew that he could turn to "his" God. He knew that He would not fail him or let him down. He knew that the Lord would guide and direct him. He knew that the Lord would encourage and strengthen him. He knew that he could count on the faithfulness, love and grace of God to see him through.
David's confidence in God was because of his own personal relationship with Him. If we don't have a personal relationship- one filled with fellowship, worship, love and devotion- then when we call upon Him, we can only "hope" that He will hear us or answer us.
The good news is that we can have a relationship with Him. We can experience that confidence and assurance of knowing that He hears and answers us when we call upon Him. He can be "my" God. I can have personal knowledge of Him and not just hear-say or second hand experience. This personal relationship comes through faith in His Son Jesus. Jesus died to save us from our sins and bring us into a personal relationship with the Lord God. Do you have that relationship? Do you know Him personally? Can you say that He is "your" God?
Have a great day. The Lord was David's God, he knew Him personally... do you?
For further reading:
John 1:12; 14:7,17
1 John 2:3; 5:20
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