A DISTRESSED SOLDIER
1 Sam. 30:1-9,16-19
Today I would like to speak for a few moments on depression.
Many Christians today are faced with deep depression. Espically those who are in ministry. Pastors are good candiates for
depression! Being a pastor is one of the most if not the most thankless jobs there is. Pastors have to deal with many issues
Depresssion is defined as a feeling of saddness, being despondent, felling
rejected, and feeling hopless. These feelings cause an inability to concentrate, and or an inability to sleep.
All Chrisitans are subject to depression, because of this
fast pace life that we live today.
In our scriptures today we see David, a man after God's own heart, a
great man of God, distressed, or depressed. David was depressed because of the circumstances (verse 1) because of the captivity
(verse 2-3) because of the criticism (verse 6) and because of the choices he had to make. (verse 7-8)
David not only survived the time of distress, but he conquered!
Let's see what we can learn by his example, as God recorded it:
I. HE WORKED ON HIMSELF (1 Samuel 30:6)
1. He remembered the past (I
A. God had delivered
him from the lion and the bear
B. God had delivered
Goliath into his hands
2. He relied on the power
available (Phil. 4:13)
3. He rejoiced in the prospect of the
recovery of his loss
II. HE WENT TO THE LORD (1 Samuel 30:7)
1. David recognized his personal limitations
2. David reached out to his powerful God!
III. HE WAITED FOR ASSURANCE (1 Samuel
Reminds me of Exdous chapter 14 where God delieverd
His children out of the hands of he Egyptians by parting thre Red Sea. Just before he parted the sea He told Moses to hold
out his rod, to stand still and see the salvation of the Lord.
1. He got a definite answer
2. He got a detailed answer
3. He got a delightful answer
A. "without fail"
B. "recover ALL
"IV. HE WAGED WAR, WON THE VICTORY (I Sam. 39:9-18)
1. He waged war
with the authority of God.
2. He waged war with
the assistance of warriors
3. His victory came