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Discover the Book - Dec. 30, 2008

  • 2008 Dec 30

David--Standing Alone for God

Open with me to one of the greatest chapters in God's Word, 1st Samuel 17. The record of David and Goliath from God's perspective was David standing all alone for God!  David is the person we know more about from God’s perspective--than any other human that ever lived.  David has more words written about him by God—than any other human who has ever lived. 

David’s life has been given to us by God to demonstrate how he lived a life for God’s purposes. And so we have found that David’s first spiritual secret was a heart to serve. David wanted to serve the Lord. David was under God’s command, he did what the Lord asked him to do, willingly unseen and obscure—always wanting the Lord to get all the glory. A simpler way to say that is—David was God’s servant all his days.  

A second element of his life is that David had a heart to stand—David was willing to serve God even if he was the only one at any particular moment doing so. Just as all of us need to be life long servants of God—we also need to decide that we too, like David will stand all alone for the Lord. 

We Stand Alone for God by Denying Ungodliness

  • Will you stand all alone for God when needed at work, at school, and at home? When the conversation, entertainment, or activities begin to dishonor the Name of the Lord—will you stand all alone for the Lord against it? We are called to deny ungodliness in any form that touches our lives. Titus 2:11-13 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, 12 teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, 13 looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, NKJV 

We Stand Alone for God by Hungering for the Lord Each Day

  • Will you stand alone for God by reading His Word when you travel, while you are away at school, or when you are alone at home? Will you stand alone for God by praying over your meals even when you are alone? Will you stand alone for God by memorizing His Word instead of watching TV all night like most everyone else? Our world believes that Jesus is unimportant and that we are the reason to live not Him. The only way to counter that horrible lie is to show what Jesus said, that we His children live and believe. Matthew 4:4 But He answered and said, "It is written, 'Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’” NKJV 

David was willing to stand for God--all alone. And there were few more lonely spots in the history of the universe than the hillside of the Valley of Elah in the "no man’s land" between the armies of Israel and the Philistines. 

Haven’t we all sometimes wished we could have had a bird’s eye view of the titanic confrontation of David and Goliath? That scene in biblical history stands as one of the greatest moments of God's Word. 

Let’s go back to the crisp, cool air of a Middle Eastern morning three thousand years ago to see David. Two callused feet slipped quietly out from under the warmth of a wool fleece and deftly into the sandals left carefully beside the low wooden cot. In the twilight of early morning’s pre-dawn darkness the possibly red headed, teenaged-boy crept carefully out of the stone house on the outskirts of Bethlehem.  

With the confidence of integrity and the joy of purity--young David was on his way to a moment never to fade from the pages of history. 

Walking excitedly the rocky paths up and down the hills of Judah, the young shepherd boy was headed to the Valley of Elah a mere 8 miles off. Arriving before breakfast young David eagerly surveyed the eastern rim of the valley. Campfires and tents dotted the hillside as he looked at the army of God's people Israel. With a heart filled with gratitude and wonder David strode up to the first tent and asked if anyone knew where his brothers from Bethlehem were camping. The special provisions his dad had sent them needed to be delivered, but they were only a part of David’s purpose in coming.  

David longed to see the people who stood for his God. But even more, David so loved the God of Israel; he wanted to see Him at work. David sang of His God on his long vigils around the hills of Bethlehem caring for his father’s sheep. In fact, in his favorite song from the hills where he sat day after day as a shepherd boy--he sang of the Lord as his shepherd. And so with that Psalm 23 heart, David came as God's man for this very climactic moment in history! 

Suddenly David’s search for his brothers abruptly ended as a loud voice brimming with evil rumbled up the hillsides of that valley. In the distance a pillar of armor encasing God's enemy Goliath sprayed the venom of the ancient serpent from Eden across the faithless and frightened people of God.  

Standing just above the height of a basketball rim, he was a full three feet taller than Michael Jordan. Goliath easily weighed over 400 pounds and was dressed in layers of shining armor of bronze that weighed in at another 150 plus pounds. Then at the end of an eight foot long pole was a metal spear point that weighed about 20 pounds. Goliath was equipped with the very latest military weaponry and was a fearsome sight. 

Shocked, grieved, and angered--David heard for the first time this irreverent pagan reviling the God of Heaven. Instantly he wanted to stand for the honor of God at all costs. As we know so well, he did. Unafraid and with no concern for self he embodies what God can do with all who think only of the Lord and not of themselves. 

With that brief insight, let’s read God’s eyewitness, on the spot account—of one of the greatest moments in history, as the unseen by all but David—God, defeats the most visible representation of all that God is not—Goliath.

Most people observing David and Goliath only saw two people out there facing one another. But David saw one more person—the Lord. He felt that there were three of them out there and that made all the difference! Just as he had found on the lonely hillsides as a shepherd boy—David "fear(ed) no evil for Thou [God] art with me”! What David had thought, believed, and sang to the Lord—was true in his life. 

God was as real to confident David as the fearsome giant Goliath was to all the quaking Israelite army. David knew that the battle was the Lord’s.  


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