Encouraging Yourself in the Lord

In the conversation for Sunday, July 31, 2016, Pastor Stuart Nice shares with us a little known gift that has been a great blessing to him and wants you to experience its benefits as well. It's the gift of encouraging yourself in the Lord. The passage for this conversation is
1 Samuel 30:6-8, NASB.

At the end of the talk, Pastor Stuart has a song played as a closing meditation. The song is Even When It Hurts by Hillsong United. A video of the song is posted below.

     Moreover David was greatly distressed because the people spoke of stoning him, for all the people were embittered, each one because of his sons and his daughters. But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God.
     Then David said to Abiathar the priest, the son of Ahimelech, “Please bring me the ephod.” So Abiathar brought the ephod to David. David inquired of the Lord, saying, “Shall I pursue this band? Shall I overtake them?” And He said to him, “Pursue, for you will surely overtake them, and you will surely rescue all.”
1 Samuel 30:6-8, NASB

Sacred Reading, 00:00–07:05; Conversation, 07:05–43:11

A note about the recording of the Sacred Reading: 
The reader will pause between each of the four readings. The pauses have been left in the recording so that the listener can experience the rhythm of the gathering and even participate in the reading.

Sacred Reading Text

For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. Now may the God who gives perseverance and encouragement grant you to be of the same mind with one another according to Christ Jesus, so that with one accord you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Romans 15:4-6, NASB