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Quiet Time in 1 Samuel 17



PERSONAL JOURNAL:


SIN ( 1 Samuel 17:45 ): Even in a time of war against a tremendous adversary, David stayed true to You by proclaiming You as the reason he is there. David did not fear Goliath, even though I’m sure there was a great difference in stature between the two. He didn’t fear him because he knew You were with him and proclaimed to Goliath as such. This is my sin confession today, because I frequently go into things daily without proclaiming You as my reason for being there or doing something. I often neglect to recognize You in many moments throughout my day. I do have victories as well where I do the right thing, but I come to You confessing the times I do not. Please forgive me for my inconsistency and disobedience in this, Father.

PROMISE ( 1 Samuel 17:46 ): David felt strongly that he would be able to defeat Goliath regardless of the physical differences between them, because You were with him. I see this as You making a promise to David that he would be victorious. Once again, Your promise came to fruition, because David was successfully in defeating Goliath and led the rest of Israel into defeating the Philistines after Goliath’s death.

ATTITUDE ( 1 Samuel 17:45-46 ): David’s attitude here is an amazing one to me. It’s almost like he is displaying being content in his identity in and through You, Father. He approaches Goliath with no fear, because what he is doing has been sanctioned and ordained by You. He already knew he would be victorious because “the battle is the Lord’s and He will hand you over to us.”

COMMAND ( 1 Samuel 17:47 ): Your command is quite clear here. I should never trust in the tools of this world more than I trust in You. David says that “this whole assembly will know that it is not by sword or by spear that the Lord saves, for the battle is the Lord’s.” God defeated Goliath that day on David’s behalf long before either of them even woke up for the day. The sling and stones were just used to represent this victory to those in attendance, but the victory was already Yours!

EXAMPLE ( 1 Samuel 17:37 ): I find David’s justification as to why he’s a good fit to go against Goliath to be an interesting one. In the end of his short story he said “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.” You were preparing him the entire time for a battle, he just wasn’t aware of that preparation at the time as he felt he was just saving his sheep. Little did he know, he would be used as Your vessel to save Your sheep the day this is written about! David, the shepherd, was called to save Your sheep in Israel just as Jesus, the shepherd of man, was called the save Your people. WOW!

*DAILY NOTE: The book of Samuel just keeps getting better and better. I really enjoy reading these testimonies and the lessons they have to offer. Thanks for such an amazing quiet time today, Father. Help me to be more like David in my day-to-day life as he was here; no fear because You are with him, proclaiming all things for You and through You, confident in the victory that You have already granted to him. Help me to walk in this confidence, fearlessness, and worshiper’s attitude!

 

EXPAND TO READ: GENERAL NOTE FOR MY QUIET TIMES


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