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Focus: Holding onto your promises
Psalm 27:1 (KJV) A Psalm of David. The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
When you have no strength of your own—YOU HAVE THE LORD! If you are facing opposition, fear not!
The Word of God is faithful and true. Even though the Bible was penned centuries ago, the words are still quick and powerful. They are able to slice through the strongest deception.
Sometimes the Lord will allow you to be challenged by an enemy who is bigger than you are. Someone who is very experienced and capable of victimizing. Someone who has lost their fear of God and what His Word says regarding the weak who put their trust in Him.
1 Samuel chapter 17 gives the full account of David, the shepherd boy who killed a giant that was taunting God’s people.
For 40 days, Goliath, who was one of the Philistines, had been mocking the army of Israel. Goliath was not a typical specimen. He was over nine feet tall and fully decked out in imposing armor. No one had the courage to fight him.
Each army was camped on a hill with a valley between them. Day after day, Goliath’s voice thundered out a call for someone from the Israelite camp to come out and fight him. Goliath claimed that if one of the Israelites would fight him and win, the Philistines would be the servants of Israel. If an Israelite fought him and lost the battle, the Israelites would become servants of the Philistines.
David’s father Jesse, instructed him to leave his sheep and take some food to his three oldest brothers who were part of King Saul’s army. Jesse may have thought if David was able to get close enough to his brothers, maybe he could get some information about how the battle was going.
David arrived at the front lines of the battle just in time for the action. The armies were lining up to face each other, when suddenly, the giant came out and started shouting things against Israel. The same things he had been saying for many days. David heard what Goliath said and he noticed that when the Israelites saw Goliath, they were terrified. David was curious, so he started asking questions. His oldest brother spotted David and insulted him for coming to the war camp. But, others told Saul about David and the king sent for him.
When David appeared before Saul, he spoke with confidence to the king and said, “Don’t let anyone be discouraged. I, your servant, will go and fight this Philistine!”
Saul answered, “You can’t go out against this Philistine and fight him. You’re only a boy. Goliath has been a warrior since he was a young man.”
But David said, “I, your servant, have been keeping my father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and took a sheep from the flock, I would chase it. I would attack it and save the sheep from its mouth. When it attacked me, I caught it by its fur and hit it and killed it. I, your servant, have killed both a lion and a bear! This uncircumcised Philistine will be like them, because he has spoken against the armies of the living God. The Lord who saved me from a lion and a bear will save me from this Philistine.” David announced that he would fight his enemy that day in the Name of the Lord and win. He said that all the world would know that there was a God in Israel because the battle was the Lord’s and He would hand David’s enemy over to him.
In the natural, the odds were against David. He was young. He was small. He didn’t have the proper training or tools to be a warrior. He received insults from his own brothers. But David knew none of that was important.
David went out to meet Goliath. When the giant came toward him, he saw David was only a boy. He was disgusted and said more rude things to David. David responded making bold declarations that the Lord would hand Goliath over to him. As David ran toward Goliath, he took a stone from his shepherd’s bag. He put the stone into his sling and hurled it at the giant. The stone hit Goliath deep in the forehead and he fell down face first to the ground. David killed the giant and cut off his head.
It doesn’t matter who your enemy is. It doesn’t matter how powerful they are. God is on your side and you will win.
Declaration: The battle belongs to the Lord and He will hand my enemy over to me because my trust is in Him.
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