Confidence in the Lord

Here are the sermon notes from 9/15/13.

Introduction:  If people who do not attend church regularly were asked if they knew any stories from the Bible, I suspect that one of the stories that would be mentioned by many is the story of David and Goliath.

The message today is based on that story.  I would encourage you to read the story in full.  We are introduced to David in I Samuel chapter 16, David and Goliath is found in chapter 17. In my message, I have included only portions of the story.

I.  God Looks at the Heart:  I Samuel 16:7

But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

This is the prelude to our first introduction to David.  These comments are being made about his older brother, who was impressive in appearance.

We are concerned with appearance.  Our first impression of someone is important and that first impression is what we observe externally.  Sometimes we place too much emphasis on our those characteristics.

God sees past the external appearance and sees our heart.  There is no fooling God. David was known to be “a man after God’s own heart”.

We should seek to have a heart for God.  By this I mean that we should develop our love for God.  We should truly love to be in His presence.  We should truly love to spend time in the Word.  We should truly desire to do His will.

II.    Confidence in God:  I Samuel 17:37

 Moreover David said, “The Lord, who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, He will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.”

And Saul said to David, “Go, and the Lord be with you!”

David, although just a young teenager, had already experienced God’s help in his life.  As a shepherd he had killed both a lion, and a bear.  He believed that God had helped him to slay those animals, and that Goliath would be no different.  His experience of God’s faithfulness in the past, made him confident of God’s help in the future.  As long as the Lord was with him, he was not afraid.

III.  In the Name of the Lord:  I Samuel 17:40-51

Then he took his staff in his hand; and he chose for himself five smooth stones from the brook, and put them in a shepherd’s bag, in a pouch which he had, and his sling was in his hand. And he drew near to the Philistine. 41 So the Philistine came, and began drawing near to David, and the man who bore the shield went before him. 42 And when the Philistine looked about and saw David, he disdained him; for he was only a youth, ruddy and good-looking. 43 So the Philistine said to David, “Am I a dog, that you come to me with sticks?” And the Philistine cursed David by his gods. 44 And the Philistine said to David, “Come to me, and I will give your flesh to the birds of the air and the beasts of the field!”

45 Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin. But I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. 46 This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you and take your head from you. And this day I will give the carcasses of the camp of the Philistines to the birds of the air and the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel. 47 Then all this assembly shall know that the Lord does not save with sword and spear; for the battle is the Lord’s, and He will give you into our hands.”

48 So it was, when the Philistine arose and came and drew near to meet David, that David hurried and ran toward the army to meet the Philistine. 49 Then David put his hand in his bag and took out a stone; and he slung it and struck the Philistine in his forehead, so that the stone sank into his forehead, and he fell on his face to the earth. 50 So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone, and struck the Philistine and killed him. But there was no sword in the hand of David. 51 Therefore David ran and stood over the Philistine, took his sword and drew it out of its sheath and killed him, and cut off his head with it.

And when the Philistines saw that their champion was dead, they fled.

David was not trusting in his skill with a sling.  He was trusting in the power of God.  Still, he used what abilities he had, and trusted that God would bless them.

We are not likely to be called upon to face a giant warrior.  We do however face problems in our lives that are giant-like.

We should develop our relationship with God.  That relationship is based on faith in Jesus.  It is a matter of the heart.  If we are living in a right relationship with God, we may rest assured that  God takes care of His people.

Whatever we are facing, God can give us the wisdom, strength and courage to do what He has called us to do.

We can have confidence in the Lord.

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