The Faith of David

Surely we have all heard the story of David slaying Goliath with a well aimed pebble from his slingshot? Let us look at the true version…and how very relevant the story is to today’s believers.

1 Sam 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.”

17:33 And Saul said to David, “You are not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him; for you are a youth, and he a man of war from his youth.”

Every sermon that I have ever heard, and every picture I have ever seen, portrays David as a frail looking youngster. Saul, in the verse above only refers to David as a youth in age …there is no reference to David’s physique…We are told that Saul had his armor put on David… and because Saul was a man and David a youth the armor only ‘fitted where it touched’, and David looked like some overdressed clown …This is simply not true; nowhere does it say that the armor did not fit David .

Was David some frail youngster? … On the contrary this young David had singlehandedly caught a lion by its beard and killed it…

1 Sam 17:34 But David said to Saul, “Your servant used to keep his father’s sheep, and when a lion or a bear came and took a lamb out of the flock,

17:35 I went out after it and struck it, and delivered the lamb from its mouth; and when it arose against me, I caught it by its beard, and struck and killed it.

The scripture tell us that David had also, singlehandedly, slain a bear as well…David a young frail wimp? …I don’t think so.

Then why didn’t he wear Saul’s armor?… In David’s own words, “I cannot walk with these, for I have not tested them.” So David took them off. David took them off not because they did not fit him perfectly…but because he had not tested them, he had never worn human armor, and as such had never had time to practice in them to prove their worth

….But he did have armor that he had tested and that he was extremely comfortable with… and that was the armor of God.

1 Sam 17:36 “Your servant has killed both lion and bear; and this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, seeing he has defied the armies of the living God.”

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 wonder whether Paul was considering David when he told those at Ephesus.1 Eph 6:10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.

6:11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

In this day and age with so much false teaching in our Churches and media, we do well to learn from David afresh…put on the full armor of God before you engage the enemy.

I now let Paul’s words close this missive…let him talk deep into your soul…

EPH 6:10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.

6:11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

6:12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.

6:13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

6:14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness,

6:15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

6:16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.

6:17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God;

The EVIL DAY referred to by Paul above, is coming and coming fast, RV 12:7 And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, 12:8 but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer.

12:9 So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

EPH 6:11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

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