1 Samuel 30:1-8 MSG

 Three days later, David and his men arrived back in Ziklag. Amalekites had raided the Negev and Ziklag. They tore Ziklag to pieces and then burned it down. They captured all the women, young and old. They didn’t kill anyone, but drove them like a herd of cattle. By the time David and his men entered the village, it had been burned to the ground, and their wives, sons, and daughters all taken prisoner.  David and his men burst out in loud wails—wept and wept until they were exhausted with weeping. David’s two wives, Ahinoam of Jezreel and Abigail widow of Nabal of Carmel, had been taken prisoner along with the rest. And suddenly David was in even worse trouble. There was talk among the men, bitter over the loss of their families, of stoning him.  David strengthened himself with trust in his God. He ordered Abiathar the priest, son of Ahimelech, “Bring me the Ephod so I can consult God.” Abiathar brought it to David.  Then David prayed to God, “Shall I go after these raiders? Can I catch them?”  The answer came, “Go after them! Yes, you’ll catch them! Yes, you’ll make the rescue!”
Our strength comes in the joy of the Lord.  Let a praise raise up in your belly and begin to shout onto the Lord.  There are things in your life that have been stolen while you were working or sleeping.  Friendships, houses, employment and opportunities have been burned up.  Begin to praise the Lord right now and He’ll give you strategies for recovery.Praise God!  Hallejuah!
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