The King's Armor

In reading the Scripture account of David's methods of arming to meet the foe, the writer gained great encouragement from the simplicity of this kind of warfare. Fear-filled mortals in looking upon the field of battle instinctively reach out to seize upon anything and everything which they believe has protected others. Too often they are unmindful of the fact that these others have earned and tested their own armor and can with confidence rely upon it.

According to the narrative of David and Goliath, Saul was willing to lend his armor to David,—his helmet of brass, his coat of mail. These had served the king well when he had used them, but when David "assayed to go" they were to him simply so much encumbrance. "I cannot go with these; for I have not proved them," he said, and put them off. Then "he took his staff in his hand, and chose him five smooth stones out of the brook, and put them in a shepherd's bag which he had, even in a scrip; and his sling was in his hand: and he drew near to the Philistine."

Work and Supply
April 14, 1917

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