“…for the battle is the Lord’s…” 1 Samuel 17:47
The Bible says that all of the Hebrew warriors’ knees were knocking
At the sight and size of the giant, Goliath, an enemy who was shocking.
None were brave enough at all to finish that giant off;
And when they saw him at a distance, Goliath would loudly scoff.
But there was a shepherd lad of courage who had fought a lion and bear–
To him, the giant, Goliath, was really nothing of a scare,
For David had the faith of one who knew that he was guarded
By the greater Lord of Hosts–and it was Him whom he regarded.
David rejected King Saul’s armor and chose to fight Goliath instead
With declarations of faith, a slingshot, and a stone to knock him dead.
That’s exactly how it went–though he had brought a total of five;
It took just one stone plus faith to make that giant not survive!
Today, in our lives, we may have never tackled a lion or a bear–
But David’s example of facing things fearful makes us be aware
That faith in God is ample for the things that we may face–
Though problems may seem looming, we can conquer them by God’s grace.
A postscript to this Biblical record is that we might speculate
That a further lesson is in the account that one could possibly state.
The five smooth stones that David brought show he was quite prepared
To try again, depending on how the first stone actually fared!
P. A. Oltrogge
And, like David, remembering past victories, where the Lord undertook for us, will help us in facing what may be or what seems like a greater challenge before us…. So we persevere with declarations of faith in our God and with prayer.
“And He spoke a parable to them, that men ought always to pray and not lose heart….” words of Jesus in Luke 18:1 NKJV
“And 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 may the Lord be with you.’” 1 Samuel 17:37
Daily prayer, 9:30 a.m. Eastern Time, U.S.