|David and Goliath
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I was reading through the bible when I came upon the story of David and Goliath. It is a very familiar story for many. One of the things that struck me when I read it this time was David’s response before he kills Goliath.
David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the LORD Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the LORD will hand you over to me, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. Today I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds of the air and the beasts of the earth, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the LORD saves; for the battle is the LORD’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.” 1 Samuel 17:45-47 NIV
His confidence in God is amazing. You can also see an hint of anger. David was certain that the Philistines made God angry. He knew that God was going to punish them. David is also acknowledging his own weakness. He places the Lord as victorious, not him or anyone else. The battle is won only because the Lord won it.
David’s response is something I wish I could live up to. I’m so worried about ME being victorious I forget who really is supposed to win. Jesus’ response echos David’s response. Jesus was not afraid to die, he knew who had to win. Jesus died so that God’s eternal plan for us would be victorious. He gave up his Life but, in the end he never lost it. God provided the greatest of victories. Victory over death.