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Daily Devotion for March 17, 2018


<i>David and Goliath</i>, by Anton Leinweber, ca. 1900.
David and Goliath, by Anton Leinweber, ca. 1900.

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Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever.

Amen.

A fabulous gospel slave song by Shirley Caesar: Satan, We‘re Gonna‘ Tear Your Kingdom Down. (In our Scripture today, a young shepherd boy is going to give us an illustration.)



To Keep God in Mind This Day

Lord, let me begin this day in devout meditations, in joy unspeakable, and in blessing and praising You, who has given me such good hope and everlasting consolation.

Lift up my mind above all these little things below, which are apt to distract my thoughts; and keep it above, until my heart is fully resolved to seek You every day, in the path where Jesus has trod before me.

Amen.

Prayer of Thanks

For the gladness here
where the sun is shining at evening on the weeds at the river,
Our prayer of thanks.

For the laughter of children who tumble
barefooted and bareheaded in the summer grass,
Our prayer of thanks.

For the sunset and the stars, the women
and the copper arms that hold us,
Our prayer of thanks.

God, the game is all your way, the secrets and the signals and the system; and so for the break of the game and the first play and the last.
Our prayer of thanks.

Amen.

from Our Prayer of Thanks by Carl Sandburg

Dedication

As I travel through the rest of my day, may the God of hope fill me with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit I may abound in hope.

Amen.


(Additional prayers may be found at Prayers for All Occasions.)
God be with you 'til we meet again.



Devotional painting of
David Slaying Goliath by Peter Paul Rubens, ca. 1616.


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1 Samuel 17 1-51 (NLT)

David and Goliath
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he Philistines now mustered their army for battle and camped between Socoh in Judah and Azekah at Ephes-dammim. Saul countered by gathering his Israelite troops near the valley of Elah. So the Philistines and Israelites faced each other on opposite hills, with the valley between them.

Then Goliath, a Philistine champion from Gath, came out of the Philistine ranks to face the forces of Israel. He was over nine feet tall! He wore a bronze helmet, and his bronze coat of mail weighed 125 pounds. He also wore bronze leg armor, and he carried a bronze javelin on his shoulder. The shaft of his spear was as heavy and thick as a weaver’s beam, tipped with an iron spearhead that weighed 15 pounds. His armor bearer walked ahead of him carrying a shield.

Goliath stood and shouted a taunt across to the Israelites. “Why are you all coming out to fight?” he called. “I am the Philistine champion, but you are only the servants of Saul. Choose one man to come down here and fight me! If he kills me, then we will be your slaves. But if I kill him, you will be our slaves! I defy the armies of Israel today! Send me a man who will fight me!” When Saul and the Israelites heard this, they were terrified and deeply shaken.

Now David was the [youngest] son of a man named Jesse, an Ephrathite from Bethlehem in the land of Judah. Jesse was an old man at that time . . . . David’s three oldest brothers stayed with Saul’s army, but David went back and forth so he could help his father with the sheep in Bethlehem.

For forty days, every morning and evening, the Philistine champion strutted in front of the Israelite army.

One day Jesse said to David, “Take this basket of roasted grain and these ten loaves of bread, and carry them quickly to your brothers. And give these ten cuts of cheese to their captain. See how your brothers are getting along, and bring back a report on how they are doing.”

So David . . . arrived at the camp just as the Israelite army was leaving for the battlefield with shouts and battle cries. Soon the Israelite and Philistine forces stood facing each other, army against army. David left his things with the keeper of supplies and hurried out to the ranks to greet his brothers. As he was talking with them, Goliath, the Philistine champion from Gath, came out from the Philistine ranks. Then David heard him shout his usual taunt to the army of Israel.

As soon as the Israelite army saw him, they began to run away in fright. “Have you seen the giant?” the men asked. “He comes out each day to defy Israel. The king has offered a huge reward to anyone who kills him. He will give that man one of his daughters for a wife, and the man’s entire family will be exempted from paying taxes!”

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David asked the soldiers standing nearby, “What will a man get for killing this Philistine and ending his defiance of Israel?” And these men gave David the same reply.

When David’s oldest brother, Eliab, heard David talking to the men, he was angry. “What are you doing around here anyway?” he demanded. “What about those few sheep you’re supposed to be taking care of? I know about your pride and deceit. You just want to see the battle!” [But] David’s question was reported to King Saul, and the king sent for him.

“Don’t worry about this Philistine,” David told Saul. “I’ll go fight him!”

“Don’t be ridiculous!” Saul replied. “There’s no way you can fight this Philistine and possibly win! You’re only a boy, and he’s been a man of war since his youth.”

But David persisted. “I have been taking care of my father’s sheep and goats,” he said. “When a lion or a bear comes to steal a lamb from the flock, I go after it with a club and rescue the lamb from its mouth. If the animal turns on me, I catch it by the jaw and club it to death. I have done this to both lions and bears, and I’ll do it to this pagan Philistine, too, for he has defied the armies of the living God! The Lord who rescued me from the claws of the lion and the bear will rescue me from this Philistine!”

Saul finally consented. “All right, go ahead,” he said. “And may the Lord be with you!”

Then Saul gave David his own armor—a bronze helmet and a coat of mail. David put it on, strapped the sword over it, and took a step or two to see what it was like, for he had never worn such things before.

“I can’t go in these,” he protested to Saul. “I’m not used to them.” So David took them off again. He picked up five smooth stones from a stream and put them into his shepherd’s bag. Then, armed only with his shepherd’s staff and sling, he started across the valley to fight the Philistine.

Goliath walked out toward David with his shield bearer ahead of him, sneering in contempt at this ruddy-faced boy. “Am I a dog,” he roared at David, “that you come at me with a stick?” And he cursed David by the names of his gods.“Come over here, and I’ll give your flesh to the birds and wild animals!” Goliath yelled.

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avid replied to the Philistine, “You come to me with sword, spear, and javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies—the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. Today the Lord will conquer you, and I will kill you and cut off your head. And then I will give the dead bodies of your men to the birds and wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel! And everyone assembled here will know that the Lord rescues his people, but not with sword and spear. This is the Lord’s battle, and he will give you to us!”

As Goliath moved closer to attack, David quickly ran out to meet him. Reaching into his shepherd’s bag and taking out a stone, he hurled it with his sling and hit the Philistine in the forehead. The stone sank in, and Goliath stumbled and fell face down on the ground.

So David triumphed over the Philistine with only a sling and a stone, for he had no sword. Then David ran over and pulled Goliath’s sword from its sheath. David used it to kill him and cut off his head. [And] when the Philistines saw that their champion was dead, they turned and ran.


Notes on the Scripture

Everybody’s favorite Bible story, presented here in context. Note that David likens his battle with Goliath to protecting his father’s sheep.



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Pat Betterton (Qatar) says...
Please pray for my family. My husband is not well. Thank you.
18th March 2018 12:12am
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William (Fort Russell) says...
I really liked how this translation gave us modern weights and sizes. Really puts it into perspective how big Goliath was and his equipment, too! Wow!
17th March 2018 9:25am
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Ann Brock (US) says...
Corrie Ten Boom stated: "If God sends us on stony paths, He provides strong shoes." Cool
17th March 2018 9:16am
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Caryl says...
Mason,
I am puzzled about the Lord’s Prayer being changed. Isn’t that changing the Bible to suit our own agenda? Or does the original language indicate a long-held misinterpretation? Personally, I am comfortable with both James 1:13 which says God does not tempt us, and Matthew 4:1 which you mentioned saying the Spirit (God) led Jesus into the wilderness.
Caryl
17th March 2018 7:49am
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Mason says...
Caryl, I don't know. I don't see an agenda being served, only genuine puzzlement. The old form doesn't cause me much of a problem.

I think the one we use is correct, because Luke and Matthew use different words in the Greek, and both of the words mean "lead into" or "bring into" a time of trial. So it seems like what Jesus actually said.
17th March 2018 6:24pm
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Celessa (Toledo, US) says...
I wanted to say that I really enjoy the prayers and scriptures. I start my day here or a part of my day at this site. Thank you for the words. Also I apologize, but shouldn’t this be Psalm 145:14?
Psalm 145:18 (NKJV)
The Lord upholds all who fall,
And raises up all who are bowed down.
Have a blessed day!Grin
17th March 2018 4:33am
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William (Fort Russell) says...
Normally I love the choice of picture of the day. A little surprised at the choice for today (March 16)Blush
16th March 2018 9:07am
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Reverand Robert Cameron (Toronto) says...
Keep faith in God in all you do. Do not be tempted by the material world. Be kind to strangers as one may not wittingly know that you may be entertaining an angel of the Lord.
16th March 2018 7:09am
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Paul Harvey (Pompton plains) says...
Today's messages really spoke to me today and the things I am going through. Thank you to this site and Father God for this insightful message.
16th March 2018 6:57am
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