CAC Living Water Daily Devotional Guide
THE LIVING WATER
DAILY DEVOTIONAL GUIDE
Thursday, March 31, 2022.
TOPIC: DAVID AND GOLIATH’S SWORD
Read 1 Samuel 21:1-9
1 Now David came to Nob, to Ahimelech the priest. And Ahimelech was afraid when he met David, and said to him, “Why are you alone, and no one is with you?”
2 So David said to Ahimelech the priest, “The king has ordered me on some business, and said to me, ‘Do not let anyone know anything about the business on which I send you, or what I have commanded you.’ And I have directed my young men to such and such a place.
3 Now therefore, what have you on hand? Give me five loaves of bread in my hand, or whatever can be found.”
4 And the priest answered David and said, “ There is no common bread on hand; but there is holy bread, if the young men have at least kept themselves from women.”
5 Then David answered the priest, and said to him, “Truly, women have been kept from us about three days since I came out. And the vessels of the young men are holy, and the bread is in effect common, even though it was consecrated in the vessel this day.”
6 So the priest gave him holy bread; for there was no bread there but the showbread which had been taken from before the LORD, in order to put hot bread in its place on the day when it was taken away.
7 Now a certain man of the servants of Saul was there that day, detained before the LORD. And his name was Doeg, an Edomite, the chief of the herdsmen who belonged to Saul.
8 And David said to Ahimelech, “Is there not here on hand a spear or a sword? For I have brought neither my sword nor my weapons with me, because the king’s business required haste.”
9 So the priest said, “The sword of Goliath the Philistine, whom you killed in the Valley of Elah, there it is, wrapped in a cloth behind the ephod. If you will take that, take it. For there is no other except that one here.” And David said, “ There is none like it; give it to me.”
And David said, “There is none like it; give it to me” (1 Samuel 21:9b).
David had no sword, spear, or javelin when he killed Goliath. He mocked Goliath’s reliance on his military expertise as he approached the giant in the name of Yahweh and just a catapult with 5 smooth stones (1 Sam. 17:45). He killed Goliath and cut off his head with his own sword. What did he do with the sword? Obviously, he dedicated the trophy to the Lord by putting the sword in God’s tent and not in his own house. What a thoughtful and grateful man!
David’s action here negates that of Hezekiah who chose to flaunt his military and political prowess before the Babylonian envoys, instead of showing them the power of Yahweh who had healed him miraculously (2 Kgs. 20:12,13). After the Lord gives you victory in any form, what do you do with the ‘sword’ of the victory? Displaying it at home or in your office, or dedicating it to the Lord? The glory must go to the Captain of your salvation.
The defeat of Goliath (1 Sam. 17) resulted in Saul bitterly and murderously envying the young David, because of the women’s songs of praise, thus resulting in David fleeing from Saul. As he ran away, he got to Nob and asked for bread and sword from Priest Ahimelech. There wasn’t any sword in the Lord’s tent (a tent of peace; not of battle), but for the dedicated one.
In his time of trial, David asked for the dedicated Goliath’s sword! The sword that did not save its owner from his hand, he said of it, ‘There is none like it; give it to me’. David who had asserted his non-reliance on his weapons (Psa. 44:3,5) remembered Goliath’s sword in his moment of trial! This decision would cost the lives of the priests, and David himself would later regret it (1 Sam. 22:17-19,22). Don’t let the devil push you back into trusting in the arms of the flesh.
- Praise the name of the Lord who has led you from victory to victory.
- Pray against the spirit that tries to share God’s glory with Him and trusts the arms of flesh.
- Pray for new converts in our churches that they would receive the grace not to look back/away from their confession and commitment to Christ.
EXTRA READING FOR TODAY: 1 Samuel 18 – 19