Bob Deffinbaugh, at Bible.org: In the end, it is not so much that David is great, but that the God he serves, the God who went before him, is great. Saul seems to focus on the size of the enemy rather than on the size of God. God always seems to give us enemies who are much greater … More Focus on the size of God instead of the size of the enemy
May 8 1 Samuel 17-18 (ESV) David and Goliath 17:1 Now the Philistines gathered their armies for battle. And they were gathered at Socoh, which belongs to Judah, and encamped between Socoh and Azekah, in Ephes-dammim. 2 And Saul and the men of Israel were gathered, and encamped in the Valley of Elah, and drew up in line … More May 8 1 Samuel 17-18
Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to listen than the fat of rams.—1 Samuel 15 John Piper, in a sermon, “The Pleasure of God in Obedience”, comments on 1 Samuel 15:22- God’s delight in obedience is … More God delights in obedience
May 7 1 Samuel 15-16 (ESV) “Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to listen than the fat of rams. 23 For rebellion is as the sin of divination, and presumption is as iniquity and idolatry. Because you have … More May 7 1 Samuel 15-16
May 14 1 Samuel 14 (ESV) Jonathan Defeats the Philistines 14:1 One day Jonathan the son of Saul said to the young man who carried his armor, “Come, let us go over to the Philistine garrison on the other side.” But he did not tell his father. 2 Saul was staying in the outskirts of Gibeah in the … More May 6 1 Samuel 14
For the Lord will not forsake his people, for his great name’s sake, because it has pleased the Lord to make you a people for himself. 1 Samuel 12:22 John Piper comments: We should learn from this how faithful God is to his own name. Look at verse 22: “It has pleased the LORD to make you a people for himself.” What is … More How faithful is God to His name?
May 5 1 Samuel 11-13 (ESV) Saul Defeats the Ammonites 11:1 Then Nahash the Ammonite went up and besieged Jabesh-gilead, and all the men of Jabesh said to Nahash, “Make a treaty with us, and we will serve you.” 2 But Nahash the Ammonite said to them, “On this condition I will make a treaty with you, that … More May 5 1 Samuel 11-13
David Roper comments on 1 Samuel 9-10, where Saul is chosen, annointed and proclaimed king of Israel: As he leaves Samuel, God gives Saul three signs that his appointment is from him, The first is that he will meet two people who will inform him that the animals have been found and will provide him with … More Three signs. Three gifts.
May 4 1 Samuel 9-10 (ESV) Saul Chosen to Be King 9:1 There was a man of Benjamin whose name was Kish, the son of Abiel, son of Zeror, son of Becorath, son of Aphiah, a Benjaminite, a man of wealth. 2 And he had a son whose name was Saul, a handsome young man. There was not … More May 4 1 Samuel 9-10
Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen and called its name Ebenezer; for he said, “Till now the Lord has helped us.” 1 Sam 7:12 (ESV) Come, Thou Fount of every blessing, Tune my heart to sing Thy grace; Streams of mercy, never ceasing, Call for songs of loudest … More Here I raise my Ebenezer; Here by Thy great help I’ve come