A Tale Of Two Men

His oldest brother was angry. Why was his youngest brother still hanging around the camp? He needed to go home and get back to his sheep where he belonged! Undeterred, David continued to ask his question.

Who is this pagan Philistine anyway, that he is allowed to defy the armies of the living God?
(1 Samuel 17:26b NLT)

His question was reported to King Saul who ordered that David be brought to him.

Have you ever noticed that there is something wrong with this picture? Why wasn't King Saul asking this question? Saul, like David, had been anointed by God to be king. Saul should have been the one challenging Goliath but he wasn't. Forgetting all the times God had given him victory over his enemies, not only does Saul not take up the challenge; he tries to dissuade David from doing so as well.

David on the other hand, remembered what God had done in the past. He knew how God had helped him fight and even kill the predators of his flock, the lion and the bear. He realized that "the flock of God" was being attacked by a predator and the predator needed to be destroyed. David knew the source of his strength. His strength came from the Lord.

Later David would write:

The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.

The Lord is their strength, and he is the saving strength of his anointed.

Save thy people, and bless thine inheritance: feed them also, and lift them up for ever.

Psalm 28:7-9

There were two anointed men at the scene of the battle that day. One allowed fear to overwhelm him and the enemy continued to taunt him. The other one stepped out in faith, trusting that God would deliver the enemy into his hands and that's exactly what God did. Which man are you?

John Knox @watchmanjohn ·

[quote]Have you ever noticed that there is something wrong with this picture? Why wasn't King Saul asking this question?[/quote]

Good observation

wmj