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15 August 2011

WORDS Affect Identity – pt. 5

12:01 AM Posted by steve flores No comments
Post 5 of 9

David knew there was more to his life than what his brother wanted him to become, so he kept talking.  And it’s a good thing he kept talking.  1 Samuel 17:31, “When the words that David spoke were heard, they repeated them before Saul, and he sent for him.”

I haven’t shared this yet, but David played an instrument—the harp.  His harp playing abilities landed him a gig in King Saul’s palace, so David was used to being around King Saul, but he’s never had this opportunity before.  I am certain this was a pretty big moment for David, as it would be for any other soldier cowering in their tents.  This was an opportunity for David to prove himself as more than a hired harp player, but a valuable part of Saul’s team. 

In essence David says, I’m your man.  I’ll fight Goliath.” 

And what would have discouraged anyone of us, King Saul’s response to David was defeating.  1 Samuel 17:33, “And Saul said to David, ‘You are not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him, for you are but a youth, and he has been a man of war from his youth.” 

Yet, it didn’t seem to faze David.  David continued to tell King Saul about what has qualified him to battle Goliath and how God would be on his side.  King Saul’s words didn’t affect David’s self-worth.  David’s confidence came from God.  If you seek to gain a healthy self-worth from others, you will be let down.  David was let down many times.  The words that were spoken to him might have affected us differently than it seemed to affect David.  Rather than turning to another, like David did, I might have turned around and gone home.  There would have been no meeting with the king for me.