Friday 14 October, 2016

1 Samuel 17:41-58

41 At that same time, the Philistine kept coming closer to David. The man carrying Goliath’s shield walked along in front of him. 42 Goliath looked David over. He saw how young he was. He also saw how healthy and handsome he was. And he hated him. 43 He said to David, “Why are you coming at me with sticks? Do you think I’m only a dog?” The Philistine cursed David in the name of his gods. 44 “Come over here,” he said. “I’ll feed your body to the birds and wild animals!” 45 David said to Goliath, “You are coming to fight against me with a sword, a spear and a javelin. But I’m coming against you in the name of the Lord who rules over all. He is the God of the armies of Israel. He’s the one you have dared to fight against. 46 This day the Lord will give me the victory over you. I’ll strike you down. I’ll cut your head off. This day I’ll feed the bodies of the Philistine army to the birds and wild animals. Then the whole world will know there is a God in Israel. 47 The Lord doesn’t rescue people by using a sword or a spear. And everyone here will know it. The battle belongs to the Lord. He will hand all of you over to us.” 48 As the Philistine moved closer to attack him, David ran quickly to the battle line to meet him. 49 He reached into his bag. He took out a stone. He put it in his sling. He slung it at Goliath. The stone hit him on the forehead and sank into it. He fell to the ground on his face. 50 So David won the fight against Goliath with a sling and a stone. He struck down the Philistine and killed him. He did it without even using a sword. 51 David ran and stood over him. He picked up Goliath’s sword and cut off his head with it. The Philistines saw that their hero was dead. So they turned around and ran away. 52 Then the men of Israel and Judah shouted and rushed forward. They chased the Philistines to the entrance of Gath. They chased them to the gates of Ekron. Bodies of dead Philistines were scattered all along the road to Gath and Ekron. That’s the road that leads to Shaaraim. 53 Israel’s army returned from chasing the Philistines. They had taken everything from the Philistine camp. 54 David picked up Goliath’s head. He brought it to Jerusalem. He put Goliath’s weapons in his own tent. 55 Saul had been watching David as he went out to meet the Philistine. He spoke to Abner, the commander of the army. Saul said to him, “Abner, whose son is that young man?” Abner replied, “Your Majesty, I don’t know. And that’s just as sure as you are alive.” 56 The king said, “Find out whose son that young man is.” 57 After David killed Goliath, he returned to the camp. Then Abner brought him to Saul. David was still carrying Goliath’s head. 58 “Young man, whose son are you?” Saul asked him. David said, “I’m the son of Jesse from Bethlehem.”

In verse 45 of this passage, David says to Goliath, “I come to you in the name of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.” The battle that he is facing against Goliath belongs to God, and David stands to fight for His glory. David knows that it is not a battle between just two men.

Sometimes I feel like I’m in a battle – though it definitely looks very different to the physical nature of this battle – however, I’m encouraged by David’s heart and awareness of Who he is fighting for and with. In verse 47 David goes on to say, “…everyone assembled here will know that the Lord rescues His people…”. I am challenged to look at the battles I can face, and question whether or not they lead people to seeing God as my rescuer and victorious King.

God, I thank You for the victory I have in You. Please help me to remember that You have already overcome any trials that are ahead of me. Help me witness to others as I trust in You. In Jesus’ name.

Written by Laura Samperi

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