Young David's Faith in Action


"And there went out a champion out of the camp of the
Philistines, named Goliath, of Gath, whose height was six
cubits and a span.

And the Philistine said, I defy the armies of Israel this day;
give me a man, that we may fight together. When Saul and
all Israel heard those words of the Philistine, they were
dismayed, and greatly afraid.

And David said to Saul, Let no man's heart fail because of him;
thy servant will go and fight with this Philistine.

David said moreover, The Lord that delivered me out of
the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will
deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine. And Saul said
unto David, Go, and the Lord be with thee.

And he took his staff in his hand, and chose him five smooth
stones out of the brook, and put them in a sheperd's bag
which he had, even in a scrip; and his sling was in his
hand: and he drew near to the Philistine.

And the Philistine came on and drew near unto David;
and the man that bare the shield went before him.

And the Philistine said to David, Come to me, and I will
give thy flesh unto the fowls of he air, and to the beasts of
the field.

Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with
a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come
to thee in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the
armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied.

This day will the Lord deliver thee into mine hand; and I
will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will
give the carcases of the host of the Philistines this day
unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the
earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in
Israel.

And all this assembly shall know that the Lord saveth
not with sword and spear: for the battle is the Lord's,
and he will give you into our hands.

And it came to pass, when the Philistine arose, and came
and drew nigh to meet David, that David hasted, and
ran toward the army to meet the Philistine.

And David put his hand in his bag, and took thence a
stone, and slang it, and smote the Philistine in his
forehead, that the stone sunk into his forehead; and
he fell upon his face to the earth.

So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and
with a stone, amd smote the Philistine, and slew him;
but there was no sword in the hand of David.

Therefore David ran, and stood upon the Philistine,
and took his sword, and drew it out of the sheath
thereof, and slew him, and cut off his head therewith.
And when the Philistines saw their champion was dead,
they fled" (1 Samuel 17:4,10,11,32,37,40,41,44-51).

Now that is faith in action. Let us put our trust in God
and his word as David did so we too will do great things
for God advancing His kingdom.

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