In the Name of the Lord – 1 Samuel 17:45-47, 50

“Then David said to the Philistine, ‘You come to me with a sword and 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. This day the LORD will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you down…that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel, and that all this assembly may know that the LORD saves not with sword and spear. For the battle is the LORD’s, and he will give you into our hand.’…So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and with a stone, and struck the Philistine and killed him. There was no sword in the hand of David.” 1 Samuel 17:45-47, 50

“Now I know that the LORD saves his anointed; he will answer him from his holy heaven with the saving might of his right hand. Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God. They collapse and fall, but we rise and stand upright.” Psalm 20:6-8

“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me” Psalm 23:4a

David shows such absolute confidence in the faithfulness and the power of his God. Even as a boy, he didn’t hesitate to go into battle, knowing that the Lord was with him and would deliver Goliath into David’s hand, “that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel.” Or perhaps it was partly because David was so young that he accepted the challenge without question. It seems that the older we get, the more we can begin to doubt that God will actually be there. We see a lot of things go wrong through the course of our life and our faith weakens.

So let us be strengthened today as we see David’s faith. As we see how sure he is that God will be faithful and that God is able to save. Sometimes it may not be that we doubt God’s faithfulness. We just don’t see how He can accomplish what we’re hoping for. How He can save in this situation. How He can possibly make good come out of this. “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.” “That all this assembly may know that the LORD saves not with sword and spear. For the battle is the LORD’s.” Our trust shouldn’t be in what we can see. We don’t need to look around us and weigh the chances. We don’t serve a God of chance. We serve a God who is all-powerful, and a God who loves us perfectly. A God who is with us. A God who is for us.

Trusting in the name of the LORD our God means that we trust in who He is above all else. We trust in His character, His truth, His covenant with us. We trust in His power and sovereignty, and hold fast to the faith that our God holds everything in His hands. “The king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the LORD; he turns it wherever he will” (Proverbs 21:1).

“And those who know your name put their trust in you,
for you, O LORD, have not forsaken those who seek you”

Psalm 9:10

“For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth,
to give strong support to those whose heart is blameless toward him”

2 Chronicles 16:9a

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