1 Samuel 17: 32-37

David said to Saul, “Let no one lose heart on account of this Philistine; your servant will go and fight him.”

Saul replied, “You are not able to go out against this Philistine and fight him; you are only a boy, and he has been a fighting man from his youth.”

But David said to Saul, “Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defiled the armies of the living God. The Lord who delivered me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.”

Saul said to David, “Go, and the Lord be with you.”

A Thought

Goliath, over nine foot tall, was a Philistine warrior covered in bronze armor weighing approximately 125 pounds with a spear with a sharp point weighing about 15 pounds who was defying the armies of Israel. Goliath shouted demands to have one man to come out and fight with him to determine whose people will serve the other. Saul and all the Israelites were terrified with fear. David came to bring lunch to his brothers when he heard the cries of Goliath against the armies of the living God. Now David speaks to Saul that he who is only a boy will fight Goliath. God had been preparing David the shepherd boy not to fear but to defend the sheep against their enemies whether a lion or a bear. David knows the Lord who delivered him from the enemies of the sheep will also deliver him from the enemy of the living God.

Our Prayer

Father we thank you for preparing us with your word not to fear but to trust you to deliver us from our enemies regardless of how big or impossible the task may appear. We ask that your Spirit empower us to stand against the enemy of You without fear, trusting in your truth to deliver us in Jesus’ name, amen.