As for me, I am poor and needy, but the Lord takes thought for me, You are my help and my deliverer; do not delay, O my God!

Psalm 40:17

Today’s Bible study looked at the story of David and Goliath, reading 1 Samuel 17 and 17. At the beginning of the story, David is called from shepherding his flock of sheep to be anointed with a horn of oil by God’s command. Seven of his older brothers were denied this anointing before God chose David. 

Later in the story, David was tasked with taking food to his brothers and the field commander, who were on a battlefield fighting the Philistines. Once he was there, David heard Goliath challenging the army to a fight. Goliath was nine feet, nine inches tall and very intimidating, but David was faithful and knew that God would give him the strength he needed to defeat Goliath and save Israel. David accepted the challenge set forth by Goliath, and chose to only fight him with his sling and a few rocks he had found on the ground. 

Using only one rock, David was able to defeat Goliath. This defeat scared the Philistines, and they retreated from the battlefield. This story helps us to see that God will again and again protect us and provide us with the strength and equipment we need to overcome any situation we are faced with.