The strength of David



You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin. But I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you.
(1 Samuel 17: 45-46a NKJV)

When Saul finds himself experiencing a discomfort of the soul due to a strong disturbance caused by a "bad spirit" (1 Samuel 16), a servant proposed to him a child who could have played for him: a son of Isai, a good player, but that he was also a strong, valiant man of good looks and above all the Eternal was with him (v. 18). David is chosen because he is preceded by his own testimony. Beyond speaking of others, I believe it is always the Spirit that proposes and arranges "as you wish". However, although he was a "strong and valiant" man, he was excluded from the battle against the Philistines (1 Samuel 17). For forty days continuous threats came from Goliat, who asked for a confrontation one by one. The number forty has a strongly representative value, is mentioned in various situations and in all represents a difficulty to be faced and the change that follows. It was after forty days and forty nights that Jesse sent David to the place of battle to bring food to his brothers. There he heard the threatening words of Goliath towards the king and his army, and it shook him. After forty days the Spirit awakened someone to change the events.

David's brother, unenthusiastic about his descent into the field, insulted him accusing him of pride and malice (v. 28). No one can stop being pushed by the hand of God. Saul, learning that there was one willing to fight Goliat, called him and asked for explanations (v. 32). To see the kingdom of God advance we must propose ourselves and not hide. Saul tried to protect the boy's life, as any good servant would do today to the ranks of those who are prepared to serve the Eternal. In fact, he stripped himself of his authority and gave it to him (v. 32). But this turned out to be too big: we can't wear the clothes or the name of others, but we have to be ourselves, because otherwise we run the risk of appearing false. Instead the boy undressed, took his stick and, going to the river, took five stones from it. The stones collected represent the capacity, the possibility and the potential in serving. There are not all useful at the same time, but we will use them throughout life in an alternating way, depending on the situation.

Once on the field Goliat despised him (v. 42) "because he was a boy, fawn with hair and handsome". Likewise, it happens to us to be despised when we are filled with desire, resources and strength, and the enemy tries to destroy what God wants to use. Davide had the peculiarity of his reddish hair, which made him different from the others. While the enemy uses our differences to make us feel inferior, the Lord instead uses them as an element of distinction from others and as our peculiar strength. He knows how to take what others despise to show His wisdom. Davide did not react to contempt, but replied with the words of the initial line. He who has at heart to serve God does not do so in order to receive praise and riches, but has in his eyes and in his heart the One who serves, the Most High God. After the battle, Saul asks the family for David's names. This often happens also in the work of God, where many servants escape knowing in depth those who do their utmost for service. Nevertheless our choice is to serve the Lord and take care of the advancement of His kingdom; this must be our one and only interest and not that of being known and praised by Have a good fight.


Devotional 39/2019
Weekly Bible reading plan

23 September,  Songs of Salomon1-3; Galati 2
24 September, Songs of Salomon. 4-5; Galatians 3
25 September, Songs of Salomon 6-8; Galatians 4
26 September Isaiah 1-2; Galatians 5
27 September, Isaiah 3-4; Galati 6
28 September Isaiah 5-6; Ephesians 1
29 September, Isaiah 7-8; Ephesians 2

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