Daily Feast – August 16

The Faith that produces Result

Thy servant slew both the lion and the bear: and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be as one of them, seeing he hath defied the armies of the living God. David said moreover, The Lord that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine. And Saul said unto David, Go, and the Lord be with thee. - I Samuel 17:36-37

We need to appreciate the essence of our salvation and the place of his blood in the redemption of our lives. David has a great sense of destiny as told in the seventeenth chapter of first Samuel. While the army of Israel were terrified by Goliath, the captain of philistines, David despised the big for nothing giant as an uncircumcised gentile. He was not blood-covered; he had no covenant, no power behind his boast.

The strength of every kingdom is measured by the power behind the throne. As far as David was concerned, Goliath was vulnerable to assault and shame because he had no covering. David's testimony to Saul was very inspiring. God confirmed his words in the mouth of the teenager who accomplished the unusual as a result of his faith in the covenant working God. He became celebrated both by God and men. A boy who came to serve his brothers their lunch became the champion that they have been waiting for.

Blessing and envy go together. David became the envy of both great and small. The daughters of Israel made matters worse by celebrating a teenager at the expense of King Saul who had lost favour with God. Singing a good song to a small mind is like signing a death warrant. For Saul, he became angry (read 1 Samuel 18:8-9). He had forgotten that were it not that David risked his life to confront the giant, he would not have gotten a domain to rule over. Apart from this, the victory was from the Lord and not for any person. Saul could not rejoice over the success of a courageous boy who loved him and his nation.

As for the women, they were singing scripturally what only a discerning mind can understand. The summary of their song is that David and Saul fulfilled the scripture “One will put into flight a thousand and two ten thousand” (Joshua 23:10; Deuteronomy 32:30)

Prayer: Lord, help me to depend on you. Direct my steps to the love of God and give me the Spirit of boldness to trust the Lord for victory in Jesus name. Amen!

Further Reading: I Samuel 17:34-37
One-year Bible Reading Plan: Nehemiah 11:1-12:26; 1 Corinthians 10:14-33; Psalm 34:11-22; Proverbs 21;14-16

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