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Wednesday, September 9, 2015
David, the shepherd boy who took down Goliath–the man after God's own heart–the great king, knew discouragement. “My strength is dried up like a potsherd,” he cried, “and sticks to the roof of my mouth” (Psalm 22:15a, NIV). David developed a valuable character trait. When there was no one to build his strength, David encouraged himself in the Lord. “You hear, O Lord,” he declared, “ the desire of the afflicted; you encourage them, and you listen to their cry, defending the fatherless and oppressed, in order that man, who is of the earth, may terrify no more" (Psalm 10:17-18, NIV). As Saul sought to kill him, David was alone and hiding in fear. Realizing each day that death stalked him, David drew closer to God. It was in this time of suffering that David learned to encourage himself. Work on developing this personal trait and you will discover that fear will not rule your life. Your faith in God will flourish.
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