1 Samuel 17:47 - Remember the Battle is the Lord's

1 Samuel 17:47; Remember the Battle is the Lord's.

1 Samuel 17:47 (GWT) Then everyone gathered here will know that 
the LORD can save without sword or spear, because the LORD 
determines every battle's outcome. He will hand all of you over to us." 

1 Samuel 17:47 (NLT)  And everyone will know that the LORD does 
not need weapons to rescue his people. It is his battle, not ours. 
The LORD will give you to us!" 

1 Sam 17:47 (CWR)  Everyone here will see that the Lord does not 
need a sword or a spear for victory.  The battle is the Lord's, and 
He will give all of you into our hands. 

1 Sam 17:47 (TLB)  And Israel will learn that the Lord does not 
depend on weapons to fulfill his plans--he works without regard to 
human means! He will give you to us!" 


David and Goliath  (17:1-58)
Jesse Sends David to Saul's Camp
Five Smooth Stones  (17:26-58)
David Kills Goliath


1 Samuel 14:6 (KJV)  And Jonathan said to the young man that 
bare his armour, Come, and let us go over unto the garrison of these 
uncircumcised: it may be that the Lord will work for us: for there is no 
restraint to the Lord to save by many or by few.  

Psalm 33:16 (KJV)  There is no king saved by the multitude of an 
host: a mighty man is not delivered by much strength.  

Hosea 1:7 (KJV)  But I will have mercy upon the house of Judah, 
and will save them by the Lord their God, and will not save them by 
bow, nor by sword, nor by battle, by horses, nor by horsemen.  

Psalm 44:6 (KJV)  For I will not trust in my bow, neither shall 
my sword save me.  

Exo 14:13, 14 (KJV)  And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye 
not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will 
show to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye 
shall see them again no more for ever.  The LORD shall fight for you, 
and ye shall hold your peace. 

2 Chron. 20:15, 17 (KJV)  And he said, Hearken ye, all Judah, 
and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem, and thou king Jehoshaphat, Thus 
saith the Lord unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this 
great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God's.  Ye shall not 
need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see 
the salvation of the Lord with you, O Judah and Jerusalem: fear not, 
nor be dismayed; to morrow go out against them: for the Lord will be 
with you.  

Proverbs 21:31 (KJV)  The horse is prepared against the day of 
battle: but safety is of the Lord.  

Zech. 4:6 (KJV)  Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, 
This is the word of the Lord unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, 
nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord of hosts.  

Romans 8:31 (KJV)  What shall we then say to these things? If 
God be for us, who can be against us?  

Romans 8:37 (KJV)  Nay, in all these things we are more than 
conquerors through him that loved us.  


God sent Samuel to the house of Jesse, where the old prophet 
anointed David to become Israel's future king (16:1-13). David entered 
Saul's service as a musician (vv. 14-23). When the Philistines 
assembled to attack Israel, only David was willing to face their champion, 
the giant Goliath (17:1-37). In history's most famous duel, young 
David killed Goliath with his sling (vv. 38-58). [The 365-Day 
Devotional Commentary] 

"I come against you in the name of the LORD" 1 Sam. 17:38-54. We 
all know the outcome of that battle. With a single stone hurled from 
his sling David killed Goliath, serving ever since as the prime 
example of faith overcoming impossible odds. [The 365-Day Devotional 

The first error of David was his distrust of God... his second 
mistake was his deception... Yet this experience was serving to teach 
David wisdom; for it led him to realize his weakness and the necessity 
of constant dependence upon God. Oh, how precious is the sweet 
influence of the Spirit of God as it comes to depressed or despairing 
souls, encouraging the fainthearted, strengthening the feeble, and 
imparting courage and help to the tried servants of the Lord! Oh, what a 
God is ours, who deals gently with the erring and manifests His 
patience and tenderness in adversity, and when we are overwhelmed with 
some great sorrow!  {PP 657} 

When shadows encompass the soul, when we want light and 
guidance, we must look up; there is light beyond the darkness. David ought 
not to have distrusted God for one moment. He had cause for trusting 
in Him:.. if he had but removed his mind from the distressing 
situation in which he was placed, and had thought of God's power and 
majesty, he would have been at peace even in the midst of the shadows of 
death; he could with confidence have repeated the promise of the Lord, 
{PP 657} 

Every failure on the part of the children of God is due to their 
lack of faith. {PP 657} 

Thou comest ... I come. Here is a definite contrast between two 
distinct ways of life. Goliath represents the carnal security of personal 
strength, the pride of self-aggrandizement, the vanity of popular acclaim, 
the untamable fierceness of human passion. David manifests quiet 
trust in divine strength and the determination to glorify God by 
carrying out His will. David's motive, expressed here and later in his 
life, was not to have his own way, nor to become famous in the eyes of 
his fellow men, but "that all the earth may know that there is a 
God. [SDA Commentary] 

We must look at circumstances from God's perspective. What a 
difference perspective can make. Most of the onlookers saw only a giant. 
David, however, saw a mortal man defying almighty God. He knew he would 
not be alone when he faced Goliath; God would fight with him. He 
looked at his situation from God's point of view. Viewing impossible 
situations from God's point of view helps us put giant problems in 
perspective. Once we see clearly, we can fight more effectively. [Life 
Application SB] 

Criticism couldn't stop David. While the rest of the army stood 
around, he knew the importance of taking action. With God to fight for 
him, there was no reason to wait. People may try to discourage you 
with negative comments or mockery, but continue to do what you know 
is right. By doing what is right, you will be pleasing God, whose 
opinion matters most. [Life Application SB] 

"I come against you in the name of the LORD Almighty, the God of 
the armies of Israel" (1 Sam. 17:45). 
When the obstacles we face seem overwhelming, it helps to 
remember the young shepherd boy, David, whose faith gave him courage to 
face the giant Goliath. [The 365-Day Devotional Commentary] 

Giant Killers (1 Sam. 17)
There have been too many sermons on the subject to belabor the 
point. The odds seemed impossible when David went out to meet Goliath. 
Yet, with faith in God and a simple shepherd's sling, David won. 
Everyone has times when he or she faces a personal Goliath in 
some situation in which the odds seem impossible. A challenge that no 
one else is willing to take up. A struggle it seems impossible to 
win. When that happens, we, like David, have nowhere to turn but to 
God. We are to remember that we too can meet that personal giant in 
the name of the LORD Almighty, the God of hosts. 
It was in God's name that David killed Goliath. It is with God's 
help that Christians through the ages have faced similar impossible 
odds--and won. [The 365-Day Devotional Commentary] 

When your heart is heavy and burdened
And you can't see your way through,
While you're going through trials and testings
And you don't know what to do.
There's a friend above who watches
And He cares what happens to you;
This wonderful one is Jesus
And He will see you through. 
He cares when your heart is troubled
And the tears come falling fast: 
He will come and heal your broken heart
And make it a thing of the past. 
When the battle seems too great to win
And hard the enemy's blast, 
Remember the battle is not yours but the Lord's
And against Him Satan can't last. 
So keep your eyes upon Jesus
And your troubles on Him roll; 
He will fight your battles for you
And His love to you unfold. 
He is a great and wonderful God
And His love as pure as gold;
Put your trust in Him today
And you will find rest for your soul. by Linna L. Lyle