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  David and Goliath
by Anne Coyle

                       After David was anointed as King by the prophet Samuel , life didn’t change  for him, he still tended the sheep  and was their shepherd. I wonder what his 7 older brothers thought of their youngest brother being anointed?

If you remember Joseph, son of Jacob and Rachael, who was the 11th son. His father loved him dearly because he was born of  Jacob’s first love, Rachel. When Jacob showed such love to Joseph his brothers were so jealous  they had him sold into slavery. Yet God  still had a plan , a great plan for His people. He has a plan  for your life and mine, what looked like the worst possible happening turned into blessing upon blessing for God’s people. So if you are going through a “pit” situation  lift your head on high  for God  has a plan regardless, for your wellbeing, trust in Him.

During this time David became a skilled musician. making instruments. Can you imagine him singing and playing  at nights  as he tended the sheep?  He had a song of praise in his heart at all times. His reputation must have gone before him because when King Saul was having terrible  evil spirits besiege him , someone suggested that a minstrel be called who could play music and calm the King’s soul. David was remembered and the King sent for him. And so David went to play for the King. No doubt it was just the medicine that the King needed and he felt well again. Then David went back to the sheep.

Later Israel was in battle against the Phillistines, it went on  for 40 days. Fear had taken over the camp of King Saul because of the threatenings of the giant Goliath. He taunted the Israelites saying

“Why are you come out to set your battle in array? Am I not a Philistine , and you servants to Saul? Choose you a man for you and let him come down to me .If he be able to fight with me, and to kill me, then will we be your servants; but if I prevail against him, and kill him then shall you be our servants, and serve us. He further said: I defy the armies of Israel this day; give me a man, that we may fight together. The Israelites were greatly afraid.

In the meantime Jesse , David’s father, sent him to the army of Saul to see how his three brothers were doing since they were  fighting with the king. Jesse provided David with supplies for his brothers, and took off. When he got to the camp he heard all about the giant and the fear that possessed  the army. He heard that the King had promised any man that would kill the giant great riches, would give him his own daughter and make his father’s house free of taxes. Wow. David   spoke : Who is this  uncircumcised Philistine  that he should defy the armies of the living God? Of course who hears this message but David’s brother Eliab, the scripture says that he was angered against David and spoke very mean words to him.

King Saul heard about David and called for him, David  said  to the King –Let no man’s heart fail because of him, thy servant will go and fight with this Philistine. Thy servant kept his father’s sheep and there came a lion, and a bear and took a lamb , and I went  after him and smote him and delivered it out of his mouth. I slew both the lion and the bear; this Philistine shall be as one of them, seeing he has defied the armies of the living God.

So King Saul dressed David in his own armor but it was too big and uncomfortable so David  just took  his own staff

and chose five smooth stones out of the brook and put them in a shepherd’s bag ,his sling was in his hand and he went out to meet the Philistine. Can you imagine Goliath’s surprise when he saw young David a shepherd boy coming out to fight him?

Psalm 124: Our help is in the Name of the Lord who made heaven and earth.

Hebrews 11:32 And what shall I more say? For the time would fail me to tell of Gideon and of Barak and of Samson, Jephthae, of David –who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought  righteousness, obtained promises stopped the mouths of lions.

And so David confronted the giant, he slew him with his sling shot. David had practiced many hours with his rod and sling, he was prepared. His God had defended him and been with him before and David knew that.

Whatever  you are doing God is preparing you for His service , you may be baking bread, it will be so good you will feed the hungry. Perhaps practicing  your flute, keep at it for God  will have you play melodies  to comfort the lonely  and make hearts rejoice. We all have a purpose, seek God first and His righteousness and all things will be added unto you.

David was a man after God’s own heart, his faith and trust in God were unshakeable, may we follow his example.

The Israelites shouted and pursed the fleeing Philistines, they triumphed and shared the spoils. David took the head of the Philistine and brought it to Jerusalem but put the giant's armor in his tent.


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