David and Goliath

1 Samuel Chapter 17

Verse 4
” And there went out a champion out of the camp of the Philistines, names Goliath, of Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span”

Verse 12
“Now David was the son of that Ephrathite of Bethlehem-judah, whose name was Jesse; and he had eight sons: and the man went among men for an old man in the days of Saul.”

Verse 24
“And all the men of Israel, when they saw the man, fled from him, and were sore afraid.”

Verse 37
“David said moreover, The LORD that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine. And Saul said unto David, Go, and the LORD be with thee.”

Verses 45-48
“The said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied. This day will the LORD deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcases of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel. And all this assembly shall know that the LORD saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the LORD’s and he will give you into our hands. And it came to pass, when the Philistine arose, and came and drew nigh to meet David, that David hasted, and ran toward the army to meet the Philistine.”

Verse 49-50
“And David put his hand in his bag, and took thence a stone, and slang it, and smote the Philistine in his forehead, that the stone sunk into his forehead; and he fell upon his face to the earth. So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and with a stone, and smote the Philistine, and slew him; but there was no sword in the hand of David.”

Lesson to Learn
Although David was the least of all his brothers in terms of age, height, strength and stature, he trusted in God. This is a wonderful example of how God can use the weak and humble person to suit His grander purpose. Note how David’s stronger and more power brothers were afraid to confront the warrior Goliath. Why? Because they trusted in their own strength and abilities, rather than relying upon, and trusting in the strength and grace of the LORD.

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