1 Samuel 17: 38-49

Then Saul dressed David in his own tunic. He put a coat of armor on him and a bronze helmet on his head. David fastened on his sword over the tunic and tried walking around, because he was not used to them.

“I cannot go in these,” he said to Saul, “because I am not used to them.” So he took them off. Then he took his staff in his hand, chose five smooth stones from the stream, put them in his pouch of his shepherd’s bag and, with his sling in his hand, approached the Philistine.

Meanwhile, the Philistine, with his shield bearer in front of him, kept coming closer to David. He said to David, “Am I a dog, that you come at me with sticks?” And the Philistine cursed David by his gods. “Come here,” he said, “and I’ll give your flesh to the birds of the air and the beast of the field!”

David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defiled. This day the Lord will hand you over to me, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. Today I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds of the air and the beast of the earth, and the whole world will know there is a God in Israel. All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.”

As the Philistine moved closer to attack him, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet him. Reaching into his bag and taking out a stone, he slung it and struck the Philistine on the forehead, and he fell face down on the ground.

A Thought

David, a young boy with his trust in his Lord, triumphed over Goliath, a giant of a man in heavy armor. Goliath came against David with a sword, spear and a javelin; David with only a sling and a stone came against Goliath in the name of the Lord Almighty. David knew a valuable truth that we can trust our Lord to save us because the battle is the Lord’s. If we will surrender ourselves to fully trust God, he will save us and direct our paths in victory.

Our Prayer

Father teach us to fully trust you and not to put our faith in ourselves. Equip us with your armor of your word to give us your strength and wisdom to stand up against the firey darts of evil that surround us. Thank you that if we do not give up, you will give us your victory in Jesus’ name, amen.