1 Samuel 17:31–37 (ESV) – 31 When the words that David spoke were heard, they repeated them before Saul, and he sent for him. 32 And David said to Saul, “Let no man’s heart fail because of him. Your servant will go and fight with this Philistine.” 33 And Saul said to David, “You are not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him, for you are but a youth, and he has been a man of war from his youth.” 34 But David said to Saul, “Your servant used to keep sheep for his father. And when there came a lion, or a bear, and took a lamb from the flock, 35 I went after him and struck him and delivered it out of his mouth. And if he arose against me, I caught him by his beard and struck him and killed him. 36 Your servant has struck down both lions and bears, and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be like one of them, for he has defied the armies of the living God.” 37 And David said, “The LORD who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.” And Saul said to David, “Go, and the LORD be with you!”
When the fearful Israelites heard the words of David, they took them to King Saul. Saul wanted to speak with David and David assured him that there was no reason to be afraid of Goliath. Why? Because the Lord was on their side.
David’s faith in God is in full view in this passage as he declares, “The LORD who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.” David was not counting on his own strength and ingenuity to stand before Goliath. He was trusting in his God.
When it seems as though the odds are against you or the circumstances are insurmountable, what do you do? Where do you put your trust? In yourself? Do you fall to pieces like Saul and Israel’s army? The people of God can trust in the Lord. He is with us and there he is sovereign over all.
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