Lessons On Living From David 9/13/16
Last time we covered 4 verses from 1 Samuel 16 dealing with the life of David in our Bible Study, Lessons On Living From David. Tonight we will continue to study 3 more verses from 1 Samuel 17 as we continue to learn of his history and how he went from being a shepherd boy to a King to a man after God’s own heart. Through this study, you will continue to be reminded how merciful God is as He forgives David’s sins. And you will learn that when you seek after God’s heart, you are forgiven and God is merciful to you.
1 Samuel 17:14-15
David was the youngest. And the three oldest followed Saul. But David occasionally went and returned from Saul to feed his father’s sheep at Bethlehem.
What We Learn…Faithful in Small Things
David knew the importance of small things. The war between the armies of Saul and the Philistines must have been very exciting for a young boy. The fortunes of David’s family and the whole nation of Israel hung in the balance. Yet in the midst of such monumental battles, David didn’t forget about his father’s sheep back in Bethlehem. He never failed to leave the allurement of the battlefield when necessary and tend to what others might consider insignificant responsibilities like feeding sheep. He knew these tasks were as needful as the more glamorous duties.
It’s easy for Christians to respond to the attraction of exciting ministries. Involvement in mass evangelistic rallies is thrilling. Being part of a stadium filled with people enthused about Jesus Christ is exhilarating. These things make teaching a class of fours or copying the Sunday Bulletin seem so small by comparison. Yet we need to remember that our faithfulness to these small tasks is necessary as well. Remember that God doesn’t rate the size of the task, only the faithfulness of those He calls to complete it. Be faithful to the duty and don’t worry about the dimensions.
Being faithful in small things is no small thing
1 Samuel 17:26
Then David spoke to the men who stood by him, saying, “What shall be done for the man who kills this Philistine and takes away the reproach from Israel? For who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?”
What We Learn…Standing Up for God
David felt he was up to the challenge issued by Goliath. The nine-foot-tall Goliath was not just making Saul’s armies look like cowards by harassing them, but he was showing disrespect toward God. When the Philistines mocked the God of Israel by throwing insults at Israel, they were implying that God was also weak. David could not tolerate that.
As Christians, our own honor is insignificant. When people do not show us the respect that perhaps they should, it matters little. God ultimately will make up for such oversights (Rom. 8:16-19). But when God’s character is called into question and He is ridiculed or belittled, it is out duty to object, whether privately or publicly. We should never ignore those who dishonor God. Never be afraid to defend God’s honor. God will sustain you if you are willing to take a stand for Him. Whether it is in the workplace, in the classroom or socially, always let others know that God deserves their respect.
1 Samuel 17:38-39
So Saul clothed David with his armor, and he put a bronze helmet on his head; he also clothed him with a coat of mail. And David fastened his sword to his armor, and he tried to walk, for he had not tested them. And David said to Saul, “I cannot walk with these, for I have not tested them.” So David took them off.
What We Learn…Be Yourself
With the best of intentions, Saul also tried to clothe David in his armor and in so doing turned him into someone he really wasn’t. David was a young shepherd, not a warrior. He was not accustomed to heavy armor and swords; his battles were fought with a slingshot and stones. David wisely refused to pretend to be someone that he wasn’t.
Many Christians live their lives gloriously for God. In the present and in the past, each of us must live our lives authentically as God leads us to without imitating someone else. Admire those whom God has used both in the past and present, but let Him show you how He wants to use your unique combination of gifts and talents. Be yourself, and let Him make the best you that you can be.
Thank You for teaching us about the verses in 1 Samuel Chapter 17 where You are preparing David to fight Goliath. Thank You for being a faithful and merciful God. Thank You for Your Holy Spirit that guides us and teaches us. You are Lord God Almighty, Faithful and True. In Jesus Name, Amen.
Our Study is actually a 31-day study that I am dividing into 31 verses. There will be 4 verses discussed on each Friday with the weekend and 3 verses discussed on each Tuesday. The study should last approximately 13 weeks. There will be no specific questions asked during this study. Feel free to read more of the context around the verses though to get a better understanding of the study. Susan…