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Courage

Courage

How inspiring it is to read, in the Bible, assorted accounts of courage. Great reading indeed. Of course, one of the all time favorites is what we read about the showdown between David and Goliath. From a natural standpoint, the odds were against David. Goliath disdained him. Yes, he underestimated the small in stature young man. Obviously, Goliath had more in height and in his experience as a warrior. David, though, had power from Almighty God, who no foe can defeat.

David was confident that he’d gain victory over his giant foe. The lad, David, was certain that he had, in his spiritual arsenal, the ultimate reinforcement. How impressive is it that he hasted and ran toward his enemy – 1 Samuel 17:48- KJV? David didn’t hesitate, cower or retreat. He went full throttle to handle the business of his God.

Goliath uttered threatening declarations about his perceived triumphant posture. Yes, he talked the talk, but the Lord saw to it that he didn’t “deliver the goods.”

David was the appointed man to shut down the opposition. He boldly decreed to Goliath in 1 Samuel 17:45- KJV, “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.” He went on in verse 46 to declare, “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.”

Woo hoo! David executed with flourish, courage, and steadfast belief in God. Yes, indeed, David delivered on his spoken words — an amazing feat indeed. Many folks would’ve loved to have been witnesses to that epic event. Absolutely, David’s victory over Goliath is one of the greatest defeats in recorded history.

High and jubilant praises to Almighty God!

Psalm 18:37, 39 – KJV

I have pursued mine enemies, and overtaken them: neither did I turn again till they were consumed.

For thou hast girded me with strength unto the battle: thou has subdued under me those that rose up against me.

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