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Bible Notes

1 Samuel 17:32-37 (22.06.21)

1 Samuel 17:32-37
32 David said to Saul, “Let no one lose heart on account of this Philistine; your servant will go and fight him.”
33 Saul replied, “You are not able to go out against this Philistine and fight him; you are only a young man, and he has been a warrior from his youth.”
34 But David said to Saul, “Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, 35 I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. 36 Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. 37 The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine.”

On Sunday evening we thought about the stories we have to tell as we come out of the current restrictions and people ask how it has been for us, stories about what God has done and shown us in this time. But this passage tells us that reflecting on our experiences and telling ourselves our own stories is important too. Here David draws courage and direction from his own story of how God had been with him in the past.

Father, help us to see how you’ve been at work in our lives so that when trouble comes we do not lose heart but find determination through your faithfulness.

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