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Lessons from David before the Victory

July 28, 2010

1 Samuel 17  

Vs. 17-18 Now Jesse said to his son David, “Take this ephah (about ¾ of a bushel) of roasted grain and these ten loaves of bread for your brothers and hurry to their camp.   Take along these ten cheeses to the commander of their unit. See how your brothers are and bring back some assurance from them.

Vs. 22 – 24 David left his things with the keeper of supplies, ran to the battle lines and greeted his brothers.  As he was talking with them, Goliath, the Philistine champion from Gath, stepped out from his lines and shouted his usual defiance, and David heard it.  When the Israelites saw the man, they all ran from him in great fear.

  • Divine assignments can be found within ordinary tasks ~ I believe in divine appointments and assignments that are sent to us from God, but often they happen while doing the ordinary.  At first, David is sent as merely a messenger and food deliverer.  His task was very ordinary with very simple instructions.  His father told him to drop off food, check in with your brothers and report back to me.   We all know the end of this story and it’s far from ordinary.  Like David, we too have divine appointments and victories to win, the first lesson we learn from David is that he didn’t miss the divine because he was preoccupied with the ordinary.
  • God Confidence that gives identity ~  Our identity is not found in what we are doing or the tasks of our day, as believers our identity is found in Christ.  We are God’s children.  If you were to look into the average day of my life you would find me doing many different kind of tasks.  During one part of the day you would find me doing housework, at another time maybe helping my husband with our business or working out at the gym or mentoring a woman or working on a Bible Study or even writing a blog post.  However, none of those tasks define me.  My identity is not found in what I do, but rather who I am.  David understood this and that is why when he arrived at the battlefield he was able to see what was going on around him.  He didn’t see himself as a food deliverer or messenger, that was just the task he was doing.  David had the God confidence to view himself as a man of God.  So, when he saw Goliath and the fear of the Israelites, he didn’t look at the situation through the eyes of a guy delivering lunch, he took it all in and dealt with it as a man of God. 

Vs. 25 – 27 Now the Israelites had been saying, “Do you see how this man keeps coming out? He comes out to defy Israel. The king will give great wealth to the man who kills him. He will also give him his daughter in marriage and will exempt his father’s family from taxes in Israel.”

David asked the men standing near him, “What will be done for the man who kills this Philistine and removes this disgrace from Israel? Who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of the living God?”   They repeated to him what they had been saying and told him, “This is what will be done for the man who kills him.”

  • God Confidence instead of fear ~  In spite of all the fear around him, David remained in faith.  Fear and faith can not co-exist.  Either we will be in fear or we will be in faith.  The Bible tells us that God’s perfect love casts out all fear and that at times when we are afraid to trust in the Lord instead.  Having God confidence instead of fear is a direct reflection of an intimate and personal relationship with God.  It comes from learning to trust God’s character and His promises in the midst of adversity.
  • God wants to Bless you as you Bless others ~ “… look not only to your own interests but also to the interests of others.” Philippians 2:4  The scriptures don’t instruct us to only think of the interests of others, God wants to bless you too.  David understood this about God’s character.  Although the men already told David what the king was offering to the man who kills Goliath, we see in this part of scripture that David asks them again to repeat it, “WHAT will be done for the man who kills him…???”  David was thinking, “I am going to kill this Philistine, who defiles and disgraces the army of God AND I am going to get a wife!  And not just any wife, the king’s daughter!   It’s a  win – win situation.  God’s divine appointments are not only intended to bless others but us as well.  Why is it that we can pray with so much more faith for someone than for ourselves?  God wants to bless you too!  David understood that and received many blessings from God.

Vs 28 – 30 When Eliab, David’s oldest brother, heard him speaking with the men, he burned with anger at him and asked, “Why have you come down here? And with whom did you leave those few sheep in the desert? I know how conceited you are and how wicked your heart is; you came down only to watch the battle.”

“Now what have I done?” said David. “Can’t I even speak?”  He then turned away to someone else and brought up the same matter, and the men answered him as before.

  • God Confidence even when people doubt you – look down on you – put you down verbally ~ Just because it is a divine assignment doesn’t mean there wont be opposition.  God confidence is strong enough to stand firm even when others doubt you, criticize you or slander your name or reputation.  David faced all of this from his own brother.  As we read the words that David’s brother slurred against him we see that he was trying to put David in his place.  His brother was treating David like he was just the delivery guy.  Often, others will only see us according to the tasks we do in life.  It is our choice whether we live under that identity or the divine identity we have in God.  There will always be the nay sayers.  Don’t you just love David’s response to all his brother’s negativity?  He just turned away and continued to move forward talking with the other men.
  • God Confidence instead of people pleasing ~ We can never make everyone happy all the time.  So, don’t try.  It’s so freeing to just live to please God rather than the rollercoaster of trying to please people, because at so point you are bound to let someone down.  David could have completely missed his divine opportunity and his historical victory if he would have listen to his older brother at this point rather than following God with confidence.  

Vs 31 – 37 What David said was overheard and reported to Saul, and Saul sent for him. 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. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. 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 this Philistine.”
      Saul said to David, “Go, and the LORD be with you.”

  • Consider the words you speak – they will be passed on to others ~ As David was talking to the men, someone over heard him and passed on what he said to the king.  We should carefully consider the words we speak because more than likely they will be passed on and sometimes, as in this situation, our words are passed on to leaders.  These are people God has given authority to and usually these are people who have the power to open or close doors in the process of divine opportunities.  We have to say what we mean and mean what we say because there may come a time when the words we have spoken are challenged. 
  • God Confidence even before leaders ~ David had God confidence in the words that he spoke with the men on the battlefield, so when he was in front of the king he was able to stand firm.  Even when at first the king doubted him, David did not back down.  However, it is important to note that just because he was confident in his statements through faith in God, David was never disrespectful of the king or of the king’s authority. 
  • Be a Problem Solver with faith and fact ~ God’s favor was with David and he was able to win over the king.  If we look closely at David’s response to the king we see that David addressed the problem.  The king had a problem.  A very big problem named Goliath.  David presented himself as a problem solver for the king.  He did this not only by communicating faith in God and God’s favor but also with the facts of his background.  What a powerful combination that is;  faith and facts working together to solve a problem.  What could the king say except, “Go, and the Lord be with you.”  There comes a time when all the “stuff” we’ve been doing combined with faith in God prepares us perfectly for our divine assignments. 

Vs 38 -39  Then Saul dressed David in his own tunic. He put a coat of armor on him and a bronze helmet on his head.  David fastened on his sword over the tunic and tried walking around, because he was not used to them.
      “I cannot go in these,” he said to Saul, “because I am not used to them.” So he took them off.

  • Don’t give in to pressure to follow the exact patterns of others ~ At this point in the story the king gives David everything he can to help him in the battle.  As tempting as it is to accept these generous gifts and follow the pattern of victory used by others – instead we see that David tried them on and realized immediately they weren’t for him and took them off before the battle.  We have to know who we are and who we aren’t.  Like David we might temporarily “try on” something but if it isn’t for us or fit us, we must, like David take those things off.  We can’t fulfill our personal purpose if we try to exactly follow the pattern of others.  We have to be ourselves, unique and designed specifically for our own personal divine assignments.  

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Maria Sandoval permalink
    September 13, 2010 9:03 am

    Wow! I can’t even begin to explain to you how much this message spoke to my heart. God Confidence! 🙂

    Thanks again and God Bless You.

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