Hurrying to Meet the Enemy

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I could not begin to tell you how many times I have read the story of David and Goliath, and yet this morning as I read it…it was as though it were my first time.

1 Samuel 17:26
“For who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?”

Goliath was over nine feet tall and had been a warrior from his youth. David was a very young man. The odds against David winning this battle were off the chart, against David. And yet, when he comes upon this situation, he is so focused on the arrogance of this blasphemous giant that he doesn’t even give it a second thought.

1 Samuel 17:32
Then David said to Saul, “Let no man’s heart fail because of him; your servant will go and fight with this Philistine.”

I love David’s heart and passion for God, I envy his faith and confidence that God was with him and as a result he had no doubt, unwavering faith and trust that God would prevail.

1 Samuel 17:37
Moreover David said, “The Lord, who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, He will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.” And Saul said to David, “Go, and the Lord be with you!”

I love David’s confidence in who God is and what He is able to accomplish in a life that is surrendered to Him. I love that David’s faith would not be shaken by his circumstances. I love that he knew that nothing could come against his God and with great boldness told Goliath as much.

1 Samuel 17:45-47
Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin. But I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you and take your head from you. And this day I will give the carcasses of the camp of the Philistines to the birds of the air and the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel. Then all this assembly shall know that the Lord does not save with sword and spear; for the battle is the Lord’s, and He will give you into our hands.”

And what I love the most, is that David put his money where his mouth was. He wasn’t just bragging in front of the guys. He said what he meant and acted on what he said.

1 Samuel 17:48
So it was, when the Philistine arose and came and drew near to meet David, that David hurried and ran toward the army to meet the Philistine.

Oh how I want to be like David in facing the giants of this day who mock my God and suggest that I am a weak man because of my faith in Him. May The Lord help me to hurry to meet the enemy, face to face, in the confidence that He will always prevail!

2 Chronicles 16:9
For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him.