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Giant Hope

Posted by Emily Jones on

As a small, teenage shepherd boy, David protected his family’s sheep from lions and bears — by punching them in the face (1 Samuel 17:35)! Before David was confronted with slaying Goliath, God had been preparing his heart through some pretty terrifying circumstances to store up trust in the LORD rather than his own strength. When it came time to face the Philistines’ champion, David was able to tell Saul with confidence:

“The LORD who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine” (1 Samuel 17:37, ESV).

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Confidence

David knew that all victories, past and potential, are won by God’s hand. He believed what had been passed down through the generations about YHWH and the promised Redeemer. David’s whole being rejoiced in the hope of God’s deliverance (Psalm 16:8-9).

“For You will not abandon my soul to Sheol, or let Your holy one see corruption” (Psalm 16:10).

David was not writing about himself in the second half of this verse; he was talking about Jesus. God’s Holy One — who would be incorruptible.

Peter referenced David’s poetic words in Acts 2:

“God raised [Jesus] up, loosing the pangs of death, because it was not possible for Him to be held by it. For David says concerning Him, ‘I saw the Lord always before me, for He is at my right hand that I may not be shaken; therefore my heart was glad, and my tongue rejoiced; my flesh also will dwell in hope. For You will not abandon my soul to Hades, or let Your Holy One see corruption’” (Acts 2:24-27).

Perception and Reality

We cannot rescue ourselves. That truth can be an extremely disturbing reality. When a giant is looming, threatening, cursing, mocking — joy can feel sparse. Personal preparedness only goes so far before we realize control is an illusion. Some appear to be managing better than others during this time. You know, the ones with more toilet paper. Social butterflies are languishing while introverts live their best life, secretly dreading the end of quarantine. Wherever we find ourselves on the scale, true, unshakable joy is found in Jesus Christ. He is our best, giant hope.

“In You our fathers trusted; they trusted, and You delivered them. To You they cried and were rescued; in You they trusted and were not put to shame” (Psalm 22:4-5).

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Unflinching Faith

The Hebrew word for hope is “tikvah.” It is the expectation of taking hold of what is desired, not merely wishing for something to happen. As Paul said in his letter to the Romans, we hope for what we do not yet see, and we wait for it with patience (Romans 8:25). 

Followers of Jesus, rejoice today; because unlike David, we know the risen Christ! What David looked forward to in hope we have received in faith. Praise the name of the Lord!

“Turn to me and be gracious to me, as is Your way with those who love Your name” (Psalm 119:132).

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