King David in the Old Testament is probably my favorite Bible character.
He used music to comfort Saul, the King before him. He wrote psalms, sang to God in good times and in bad. I love music! It is a huge encouragement when I am down. It picks me up. I enjoy it and it makes me happy. It is very therapeutic when I’m dealing with anxiety and depression that is part of a few chronic conditions I have. I have spoken with counselors who have told me to find and use coping skills. I find they help in difficult times when I struggle because it’s easy to dwell on my troubles. But if I do, I often get worse.
David went through some very dark times in his life such as when his son passed away at such a young age and when another son betrayed him. He used music to find encouragement and to encourage others. In that same way, we can use our talents and sometimes our coping skills to be a blessing to others in difficult times they are going through.
I recently finished Lysa TerKeurst’s book “It’s Not Supposed To Be This Way: Finding Unexpected Strength When Disappointments Leave You Shattered”. I highly recommend this book! In her book, she shares that we all go through these times but can turn around and let God use these difficulties and hurt to encourage and comfort others as well.
2 Corinthians 1:3-5 (NIV) says: “3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. 5 For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ.”
If you find yourself in the midst of struggles today, ask God how He can use your struggles to encourage others around you who may be experiencing similar challenges.
Also check out these additional verses of encouragement:
If you’re interested in knowing more about David, find out more about key events in his life at these links: