Goliath did his best to intimidate the army of Israel, but David simply regarded him as the ‘uncircumcised Philistine’.  Battles were not new to David, for as a shepherd looking after his Father’s sheep on different occasions a lion and a bear attacked the sheep; and both times he fought them to their death. By the time David met Goliath, David’s repeated reality of battle with God as his help had built within him an unshakable confidence in God.

David told Saul, “The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the Lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine.” 1 Samuel 17:37.  David’s assurance of Goliath’s defeat was because he had kept track of God’s intervention in his past battles; and thus his confidence in God’s ability to protect and defend grew.  In a battle, depending on your relationship with God you can either quail before your enemy like the army of Israel did before the Philistines or you could be a ‘David’ who regarded his battleground as another opportunity to see the Mightiness of God.

May God enable us to take a stand like David and confess that ‘I keep my eyes always on the Lord.  With him at my right hand, I shall not be shaken’.

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