34 “Your servant has kept his father’s sheep,” David replied to Saul, “and if ever a lion or a bear came and carried off one of the flock, 35 I would go after it, strike it, and rescue the animal from its mouth. If it turned on me, I would grab it at its jaw, strike it, and kill it. 36 Your servant has fought both lions and bears. This uncircumcised Philistine will be just like one of them because he has insulted the army of the living God.37 “The Lord,” David added, “who rescued me from the power of both lions and bears, will rescue me from the power of this Philistine.” “Go!” Saul replied to David. “And may the Lord be with you!” 1 Samuel 17:34-37
David, as a young boy, had tremendous faith in The LORD. He reminds Saul of how dedicated he has been to tending the flock of sheep ( there is something of a parallel here – David and his sheep tending , as Jesus was our Good Shepherd, laying down His life for us, His “flock”). As a soldier puts on armor to fight battles, our armor should be like David’s was – faith, belief, dedication to God, righteousness !!
Let us pray please : Loving God , help us to be clothed in armor to do battle for You in this ever changing and challenging world – gird us up with a faith and belief as strong as David’s was. Strengthen our hearts with Your guiding Spirit, that we can persevere and stay true to the task of telling the world of You , showing the world that love and compassion and justice for all Your people are what’s needed now and in the days to come. In our Savior’s Name we pray, Amen
Yours in Christ , Rollie