THEME: FEAR OF DEATH
1 Samuel 17:33-37
“Saul replied, “You are not able to go out against this Philistine and fight him; you are only a young man, and he has been a warrior 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 rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine.” Saul said to David, “Go, and the Lord be with you.”
-The chronicles of David and Goliath are among the most common in the Bible. David as a young man was bold and courageous. He had previously killed a lion and a bear that threatened his fathers flock. He was the youngest in his family but the boldest. Eliab his eldest brother was angered by David’s courage and tenacity as he spoke about the reproach that Goliath had brought to the armies of Israel (1 Samuel 17:28). Although Goliath was a giant, experienced in war and wore heavy armor, David was not afraid that he might die in the war, but believed in God. He was ready to defend His Father’s flock, threatened by the uncircumcised Philistine. As Goliath mocked him, David proclaimed victory in the Lord saying, “you come to me with a sword, spear and javelin, but I come to you in the name of the LORD of hosts” (1 Samuel 17:45). David gained favor before the Lord and killed Goliath with a sling and stone. David never feared death as he did not rely on his own power, but the Lord’s. He openly confessed that the battle was not his, but the Lord’s, and king Saul believed him. When we are confronted by battles of life; be it in rejection by family, broken relationship and marriages, issues at work, slow business, lack of finances, economic downturn, political instability, temptations and deep pressures, depression and stress etc. We are called to proclaim victory in all situations even those that threaten with death, for the battle is not ours but the Lord’s.
Abba Father You are our our Almighty God. You are all powerful and great. Great are You Lord God Almighty in all the heavens and the earth. Great are You King of glory in all our situations. We shall not be afraid for the battle belongs to You. Even when the enemy threatens us with death, we shall not fear but we stand upon You Jesus, the Rock of our salvation. We believe in You dear Jesus for You have never failed us and You will never fail us. Only You are powerful, only You are mighty, the battle belongs to You Almighty God. In all situations we shall proclaim Your name and sing of Your salvation. Fight for us dear Jesus in our lives, families, marriages, relationships, jobs, businesses, economy, leadership, nation and the world. Fight all the giants Abba Father. Answer all our prayers and hearts desires dear God. Our lives belong to You dear Jesus. The heavens and the earth belong to You. Everything is Yours. Only You are Great and greatly to be praised. Victory belongs to You dear Jesus, we worship You and adore You, now and forever. Amen
Further reading: Proverbs 21:30-31, Psalms 3:5-8
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