Shepherd Hero

Shepherd Hero

14 April 2011

Today’s Reading: 1 Samuel 17; Psalm 9; Matthew 2


“Don’t worry about a thing,” David told Saul. “I’ll go fight this Philistine!” (1 Samuel 17:32 NLT)

I saw some things in this story today that really caught my eye:

• David’s heart of a shepherd had prompted him to face overwhelming odds in rescuing a lamb from a lion and another from a bear. When he saw the army of Israel challenged by the giant Goliath, he was willing to put his life on the line for his brothers and for God’s honor.
• God had given him victory over a lion and a bear. David remained confident in God when facing a giant human opponent.
• David had an exceptional skill with a sling developed over years in the fields. He used what he had and refused to get drawn into a fight on the giant’s terms.
• David took the initiative and charged toward the giant. Once he entered the battle field he moved quickly and decisively.
• David’s courageous act inspired the army and released them from the paralysis of fear and intimidation. Israel soundly defeated the Philistine army that day.

Here’s what this says to me about life and faith and challenges we face:

• A shepherd’s heart will prompt me to put myself in harm’s way and to make sacrifices for those I lead and influence.
• I need to develop and hone my practical, everyday skills because God may choose to use those skills for a purpose beyond my imagination.
• Be sure you’re right, then go ahead.
• Past victories give faith and confidence for present challenges. Get off the couch, put down the remote, and get in the game!
• Think, speak, and act in faith-filled ways that will encourage and inspire others.


Father, Thank you for this never outdated story of David’s courage and faith. Help me to care like a shepherd, think like a leader-influencer, believe like a child, and act like a hero. Amen.

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