David stepped into the limelight of Israel after the Spirit of the Lord left King Saul. David stood with no armor , his weapon, a sling shot, and five smooth stones. He, a good-looking teenager, faced Goliath, a man of war standing over nine feet tall, ready to battle. The giant couldn’t believe what he saw as the youth faced off with him and proceeded to mock him. David’s answer?
“…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.
will the LORD deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee[remember, he didn’t have a sword but a sling]
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.” 1Sam.17:45-47.
Looking with the eyes, one would have thought David a cocky teen about to meet his death. But by what is heard, we know he was a man of confidence, not self-confidence but confidence in:
the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel.
Confidence is born of the knowledge of truth.
“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.” 1Sam. 17:37.
Before facing Goliath, the Lord had shown himself as David’s deliverer. Later in life he would say,
“The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them. O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him. O fear the LORD, ye his saints: for there is no want to them that fear him.” Ps. 34:7-9.
David’s confidence was in the Lord.
“Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart. And such trust[confidence] have we through Christ to God-ward: Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God:” 2Cor.3:3-5.
Confidence is only as good as its foundation.
“But we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead: Who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver: in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us.”2Cor. 1:9,10.
“ Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light; Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins.” Col. 1:12-14.
Christ is the foundation.
David’s confidence manifested itself in bold courage against his enemies.
“If it had not been the LORD who was on our side, when men rose up against us: Then they had swallowed us up quick, when their wrath was kindled against us. Then the waters had gone over our soul. Blessed be the LORD, who hath not given us as a prey to their teeth. Our soul is escaped. Our help is in the name of the LORD, who made heaven and earth.” Ps. 124:2-8.
Our Confidence and Boldness.
“According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death. \
For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain…
Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need…
There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear:
because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.” (Phil. 1:20,21; Heb. 4:16; 1John 4:18).
David’s Confidence Waited for God’s perfect timing.
“And David said to Saul, Wherefore hearest thou men’s words, saying, behold, David seeketh thy hurt? Behold, this day thine eyes have seen how that the LORD had delivered thee to day into mine hand in the cave: and some bade me kill thee; but mine eye spared thee; and I said, I will not put forth mine hand against my lord; for he is the LORD’S anointed.” 1Sam. 24:9,10.
Throughout Saul’s reign, 42 years, he sought to take David’s life. Twice David had opportunity to take Saul’s life knowing the throne was to be his, but he would not. Instead of trying to make God’s will happen and rid himself of an enemy, David chose waiting on the promises of God.
“Truly my soul waiteth upon God: from him cometh my salvation. He only is my rock and my salvation; he is my defence; I shall not be greatly moved. How long will ye imagine mischief against a man? ye shall be slain all of you: as a bowing wall shall ye be, and as a tottering fence…
My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him.” Ps. 62:1-3,5.
David’s expectation was met in 2Samuel when he was crowned king of Israel.
Our Confidence Waits for the Promise of God.
“And we desire that every one of you do shew the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end: That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises…
Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward. For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise. For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry…”(Heb. 6:11,12; 10:35-37).
“And behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.” Rev. 22:12,13.
We will walk with Christ next time to complete the journey through Samuel’s writings.