Jehovah will deliver you into my hand today, and I will strike you and take your head from you and give the bodies of the army of the Philistines to the birds of the air today, and to the wild beasts of the earth, so that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel. 1 Samuel 17:46
David Arrives To Visit His Brothers
David has come on a mission for his father , Jessie, to bring a gift of food to his brothers. When he arrives on scene, he is met with a chilling scene. The army of God is hiding from the challenge of the Philistine champion, Goliath. David can not believe what he is seeing. The Philistine army is challenging the authority and place of Jehovah. Instead of faith in the awesome, unmeasurable power of the living God, they are in fear of the power of the Philistine armies. David decides this is utterly unacceptable.
David Stands Up For Jehovah
David stands firm in the knowledge that Jehovah will always prevail over His enemies. He decides that he will do the unthinkable and stand for God by facing the giant. He can not allow this defamation of the holy name of aged to continue any longer.
The scene must have looked almost comical to the human eye. A teenager is standing without sword, shield, or armor. His only weapons are a shepherd staff and sling. His opponent stands feet above him with a full armor, sword, and shield-bearer. The odds appeared to be highly in Goliath’s favor.
God Stands Up for David
Goliath himself was so full of pride and confidence in his gods that he scoffs at the runt that has come to face him. He is sure that he will squash this puny boy and his god. He goes so far as to curse David in the name of his gods.
That is the last straw for David. No one is going to defile the honor and reputation of his god. I can see the fire in his eyes as he utters the words above to Goliath. His zeal and passion for God have overcome him. He understands this battle is between God and Satan. He knows that God will appear to defend His name just as he always has. He runs at Goliath with his sling and fires. A Direct hit! Goliath is defeated and the army of God is roused to action. Their fear is subsided by the mighty act of God.
How about you? Are you passionate about defending the holy, honorable, wonderful name of God? Does your blood boil when Satan’s challenge to the authority of God is met with fear and trepidation?
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