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PREPARING FOR WAR

    He shall cover you with His feathers and under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler, you shall not be afraid of the terror by night, nor of the arrow that flies by day, nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday. Psalm 91:4-6

   God told the prophet Samuel to fill his horn with oil and go to the house of Jesse to anoint a new king because of Saul's failure to obey. The old seer interviewed seven of Jesse's sons but God had chosen none of them. Samuel then asked, "Are all the young men here?" Jesse answered and said, "There remains yet the youngest, and there he is, keeping the sheep."

    Have you ever been made to feel insignificant among your siblings or peers? I would say that almost all of us have at some time or another, and David had to endure this also, not even being invited to be interviewed by Samuel. But God saw through all of the facades of flesh and pride that David's brothers displayed and saw the very heart and soul of a lowly shepherd boy who loved Him with all of his heart about to be king over all of God's people Israel.

    God told Samuel, "Arise, anoint him for this is the one!" Imagine the disdain his brothers had for him as Samuel chose David to be king and they ridiculed him as he was sent to Saul, being what was to be the greatest of all tests for this young king and warrior. The Spirit of God was taken from Saul and replaced with an evil spirit to torment him and David was assigned the job of worship and praise to quiet Saul's tormented soul! As David sang and played he could hear in the distance the taunting cry of a giant from the Philistine army, "I defy the armies of Israel this day; give me a man that we may fight together."

    A thousand may fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand; but it shall not come near you, only with your eyes shall you look and see the reward of the wicked. Psalm 91:7,8

Your servant in Christ, Timothy Laughlin
   Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ