Saul’s Motives

1 Samuel 9:1 says that Saul stood head and shoulders above the crowd. He was a giant in Israel. By rights, it should have been King Saul who took on Goliath but the king declined.

He insists on dressing David in his own armor. You have to ask about Saul’s motives. Did he want everyone to think he was finally brave enough to take on the giant? It must have been obvious that stuff was way too big for David. And David has the courage to tell Saul exactly that.

Then Saul outfitted David as a soldier in armor. He put his bronze helmet on his head and belted his sword on him over the armor. David tried to walk but he could hardly budge.

David told Saul, “I can’t even move with all this stuff on me. I’m not used to this.” And he took it all off. (1 Samuel 17:, 38-39, MSG)

And David, whose heart was right with God, took a stone from the brook and lodged it at Goliath. He hit him in the forehead and knocked him dead. (1 Samuel 17:49-50, MSG)

Do you know how we win our battles? We get our motives right by aligning ourselves with God. Christ. We pick up the solid stone, the rock, Christ, lodge him at our enemies and trust him to get us through what ever it is.

And when our motives are right, he does just that.

Prayer- Father God, thank you for David’s example of true motives and actions, all in your name for the Christ. Amen.

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