February 07, 2020
He Had Not Proved It
1 Samuel 17:38-39 (KJB) And Saul armed David with his armour, and he put an helmet of brass upon his head; also he armed him with a coat of mail. 39 And David girded his sword upon his armour, and he assayed to go; for he had not proved it. And David said unto Saul, I cannot go with these; for I have not proved them. And David put them off him.
These verses show us that perhaps Saul relied upon his strength and in the protection of his armor rather than trusting in the presence and power of God. Saul handed over his personal armor to young David to try in the heat of battle.
Was this offering to David a gesture of good-will and protection or a potential trap set by King Saul?
David, wise for his youth, the minute he placed Saul’s armor on, he immediately removed it, for it did not correctly fit nor likely would offer David necessary safety. David chose to enter the battle in the power and protection of God alone rather than suit up in borrowed armor, which did not appropriately fit for his youthful frame.
David told Saul that this armor is not proved, and therefore, he was reluctant to wear it.
You see, it seems that one man relied on his ill-fitting protection while the other chose to rely upon the proven power and presence of God heading into the battle without having any armor for he placed more hope in God than in wearing ill-fitting protection belonging to another person.
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