Favor, Retaliation, Hiding, And Vindication : David After Goliath

brain-evolution-confidence-david-goliath_40276_600x4502Most anyone who has been to church for any length of time has heard the story of David and Goliath. But how many have heard the story of what happened next…

David and Goliath in a nutshell was a story of a ruddy young lad whose heart for God far outweighed his size! This young little boy tended his father’s sheep in the field at home and spent all his time talking to God. I believe it was for that reason that God had chosen for him to be the next king of Israel. David knew his Heavenly Father and he knew Him well! The Word describes David as a man after God’s own heart. What a title! What an honor to be the man after God’s heart! This means that God took notice of little David’s prayer life! And because of his faith in God and his humble obedience, God chose him to take down the enemy. Little David was a ruddy little guy, no one special, just a little kid taking care of the sheep almost forgotten by his own father! One day when the Prophet Samuel came to town to see the son’s of Jesse. Jesse, David’s daddy, had all his son’s stand before the prophet as God had told Samuel that one of them would be king! And from the tallest to the shortest, from the strongest to the weakest, each one stood before the prophet, and one by one, each one was passed by. Then the prophet turned to Jesse and said Jesse the Lord has not chosen these; do you have another son? Then Jesse remembered David out in the field with the sheep and called for him. Once Samuel saw David he heard the Lord say “this is the one!” Then Samuel anointed David to be the king of Israel! I’m almost certain that little David didn’t see himself as a king. But I do believe that in his little heart he believed God! He knew that God could make him a king if that is what he wanted. And that IS what God wanted. God chose David not because he was handsome, or big, or strong, or anything special, but because David knew his inability and he more importantly knew God’s ability! He knew that God was able to do anything He wanted to do. And God was fond of David, because David was fond of his God! David loved God! David talked with God! David knew God! One day David’s brothers got called out to battle. The Philistines had come to war with Israel and all were afraid, all that is, but David, because David knew his God! David knew that it was God that saved him from the lion and the bear that had tried to take his daddy’s sheep. But like I said before, most of us have heard that before. David takes on this Philistine giant with just a sling and a stone & a heart full of faith in his God! David saves a nation and the king becomes extremely jealous of that kid! So here’s the next chapter in the story let’s look at it together:

And it came to pass, when he had made an end of speaking unto Saul, that the soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul. And Saul took him that day, and would let him go no more home to his father’s house. Then Jonathan and David made a covenant, because he loved him as his own soul. And Jonathan stripped himself of the robe that was upon him, and gave it to David, and his garments, even to his sword, and to his bow, and to his girdle. And David went out whithersoever Saul sent him, and behaved himself wisely: and Saul set him over the men of war, and he was accepted in the sight of all the people, and also in the sight of Saul’s servants. And it came to pass as they came, when David was returned from the slaughter of the Philistine, that the women came out of all cities of Israel, singing and dancing, to meet king Saul, with tabrets, with joy, and with instruments of musick. And the women answered one another as they played, and said, Saul hath slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands. And Saul was very wroth, and the saying displeased him; and he said, They have ascribed unto David ten thousands, and to me they have ascribed but thousands: and what can he have more but the kingdom? And Saul eyed David from that day and forward. And it came to pass on the morrow, that the evil spirit from God came upon Saul, and he prophesied in the midst of the house: and David played with his hand, as at other times: and there was a javelin in Saul’s hand. And Saul cast the javelin; for he said, I will smite David even to the wall with it. And David avoided out of his presence twice. And Saul was afraid of David, because the Lord was with him, and was departed from Saul. Therefore Saul removed him from him, and made him his captain over a thousand; and he went out and came in before the people. And David behaved himself wisely in all his ways; and the Lord was with him. Wherefore when Saul saw that he behaved himself very wisely, he was afraid of him. But all Israel and Judah loved David, because he went out and came in before them. And Saul said to David, Behold my elder daughter Merab, her will I give thee to wife: only be thou valiant for me, and fight the Lord’s battles. For Saul said, Let not mine hand be upon him, but let the hand of the Philistines be upon him. And David said unto Saul, Who am I? and what is my life, or my father’s family in Israel, that I should be son in law to the king? But it came to pass at the time when Merab Saul’s daughter should have been given to David, that she was given unto Adriel the Meholathite to wife. And Michal Saul’s daughter loved David: and they told Saul, and the thing pleased him. And Saul said, I will give him her, that she may be a snare to him, and that the hand of the Philistines may be against him. Wherefore Saul said to David, Thou shalt this day be my son in law in the one of the twain. And Saul commanded his servants, saying, Commune with David secretly, and say, Behold, the king hath delight in thee, and all his servants love thee: now therefore be the king’s son in law. And Saul’s servants spake those words in the ears of David. And David said, Seemeth it to you a light thing to be a king’s son in law, seeing that I am a poor man, and lightly esteemed? And the servants of Saul told him, saying, On this manner spake David. And Saul said, Thus shall ye say to David, The king desireth not any dowry, but an hundred foreskins of the Philistines, to be avenged of the king’s enemies. But Saul thought to make David fall by the hand of the Philistines. And when his servants told David these words, it pleased David well to be the king’s son in law: and the days were not expired. Wherefore David arose and went, he and his men, and slew of the Philistines two hundred men; and David brought their foreskins, and they gave them in full tale to the king, that he might be the king’s son in law. And Saul gave him Michal his daughter to wife. And Saul saw and knew that the Lord was with David, and that Michal Saul’s daughter loved him. And Saul was yet the more afraid of David; and Saul became David’s enemy continually. Then the princes of the Philistines went forth: and it came to pass, after they went forth, that David behaved himself more wisely than all the servants of Saul; so that his name was much set by. (1 Samuel 18:1-30 KJV)

And Saul spake to Jonathan his son, and to all his servants, that they should kill David. But Jonathan Saul’s son delighted much in David: and Jonathan told David, saying, Saul my father seeketh to kill thee: now therefore, I pray thee, take heed to thyself until the morning, and abide in a secret place, and hide thyself: (1 Samuel 19:1-2 KJV)

David finds one faithful friend but makes this jealous king “Saul” his number one enemy! How many here know that doing the right thing isn’t always easy! And as a matter of fact it is actually the hardest thing to do most of the time! Making God happy usually means making the devil, along with many other people angry! But do it anyway, because in the end, God will vindicate you, meaning God will prove you to be right and justify you! David spends the next many years of his life, running for his life and hiding from Saul, but at the age of 30 God’s promise to David comes to pass & David becomes King!

David was thirty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned forty years. In Hebron he reigned over Judah seven years and six months: and in Jerusalem he reigned thirty and three years over all Israel and Judah. (2 Samuel 5:4-5 KJV)

So bottom line is: Don’t be afraid of what man can do to you, fear God and keep His commandments and God will reward you for your obedience and faith in Him! Hide yourself in the secret place (prayer closet) with God and wait until God makes you to reign with Him!

If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us: (2 Timothy 2:12 KJV)

And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou (Jesus) wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth. (Revelation 5:9-10 KJV)

For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe. These things command and teach. Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity. Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine. Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery. Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all. Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee. (1 Timothy 4:10-16 KJV)

Lastly Remember: David was not looking for notoriety, popularity, or position; He was looking to God, and pleasing Him was his aim, and that is why he was chosen!

And Jesus answered and spake unto them again by parables, and said, The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, which made a marriage for his son, And sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding: and they would not come. Again, he sent forth other servants, saying, Tell them which are bidden, Behold, I have prepared my dinner: my oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready: come unto the marriage. But they made light of it, and went their ways, one to his farm, another to his merchandise: And the remnant took his servants, and entreated them spitefully, and slew them. But when the king heard thereof, he was wroth: and he sent forth his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city. Then saith he to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy. Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage. So those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together all as many as they found, both bad and good: and the wedding was furnished with guests. And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment: And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless. Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. For many are called, but few are chosen. (Matthew 22:1-14 KJV)

Submitted by @ Heather Wright

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