May 15 Secret Weapon

Photo by Kevin Carden

Photo by Kevin Carden

1 Samuel 17:1-18:4;  John 8:21-30;  Psalm 111:1-10;  Proverbs 15:11

“A champion named Goliath, who was from Gath, came out of the Philistine camp.  He was over nine feet tall…then the Philistine said, “This day I defy the ranks of Israel!  Give me a man and let us fight each other.”  On hearing the Philistine’s words, Saul and all of the Israelites were dismayed and terrified.

* * * * *

David said to Saul, “Let no one lose heart on account of this Philistine; your servant will go and fight him.”

Saul replied, “You are not able to go out against this Philistine and fight him; you are only a boy, and he has been a fighting man from his youth.”

But David said to Saul, “Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep…Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God.

The Lord who delivered me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of the Philistine.”

* * * * *

Then he took his staff in his hand, choose five smooth stones…

and with his sling in his hands he approached the Philistine.

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…

All those who are 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 you into our hands.”

* * * * *

Reaching into his bag and taking out a stone, he slung it and struck the Philistine on the forehead.  The stone sank into the forehead and he fell face down on the ground.”

1 Samuel 17

* * * * *

Relentless, taunting, unnerving

jeers frayed the nerves

of Israel’s armies

pushing them way from

the battle line drawn.

No victory in sight

only defeat.

Hopelessness hobbling

soldiers’ feet

until…

A youngster dwarfed

by the challenge

steps forward with

only a sling

and

the backing of an Almighty King

declares victory

in the name of the Lord.

Faith drives him ahead,

he takes his shot

and leaves the giant

stone dead.

* * * * *

“Great are the works of the Lord;

they are pondered by all who delight in them.

Glorious and majestic are his deeds,

and his righteousness endures forever.”

Psalm 111:2-3

Lord God, Just as young David did the impossible and defeated Israel’s enemy so through your Son, Jesus, were our enemies–sin, death, and Satan–defeated in a single blow on Calvary’s Cross.  Now, the name of Jesus in our hearts and on our lips gives us victory, gives us hope when we are faced with “giants.”  When confronted with the impossible may we call upon your Name, O Lord.  May we trust in your strong name to see us through.  In the powerful name of Jesus, we pray and trust, Amen.

“He sent redemption to his people;

he has commanded his covenant forever.

Holy and awesome is his name.”

Psalm 111:9

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