~ Confidence in God’s power comes from being in God’s presence. ~
I have the above quote written in my Bible beside I Samuel 17:45,46, where David is speaking so boldly to the giant, Goliath:
“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.” I Samuel 17:45,46
The confidence that David displayed with Goliath was not a product of a casual relationship with God. Just one chapter earlier, we see part of the description of this shepherd boy being, “…the Lord is with him.” I Samuel 16:18 David is also described in I Samuel 13:14 as well as Acts 13:22 as being a man after God’s own heart. We can read evidence of this in many of David’s Psalms.
When facing our own giants, it can be tempting to put our confidence in other men or even our own words or strength. However, by remembering Psalm 118:8, we can be reminded in Whom to put our trust: “It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.” By placing our complete confidence in God while continually seeking after Him through prayer, Bible reading and meditation, we can experience the same boldness as David.
“The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.” Psalm 18:2
~ Rachel ~