by Steve Jones

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David, Real Protection (10 of 32)
Series: David- Keeping It Real
Steve Jones
I Samuel 19

Introduction: A soldier went to his chaplain for counsel over his fear of being killed in battle. The chaplain said, "Son, there's no sense in fretting over it. If the bullet has your name on it, you're going to go and there's nothing you can do about it. If the bullet doesn't have your name on it, then you're safe." The soldier replied, "That may be true, but the bullet I'm worried about is the one inscribed, 'To whom it may concern!'"

Today I want to talk about God's protection. If you're new to us this morning you should know that we've been in a sermon series based on the life of David. The series is entitled "Keeping it real." We've talked about real discernment, real giants, real battle and real fatherhood. In the snapshot of David's life that we will study today we're going to see how God intervened to protect David several times and in a variety of ways. In doing so I want us to grow in our appreciation for God's protection in our own lives.

I Samuel 19:1 "Saul told his son Jonathan and all the attendants to kill David."

As you know, Saul was the KING of Israel and the king wanted David dead. David had a big old bulls-eye on his back and the most powerful man in the nation had drawn it there. Saul had the law, he had the power, he had the army, and he had the vindictive desire to destroy David. David couldn't defend himself against the king without help. You can't beat a king by yourself. David WANTED God on his wall. David NEEDED God on his wall.

Likewise, we have a powerful enemy who has drawn a bulls-eye on our backs.

I Peter 5:8 "Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour."

The devil is a powerful enemy. He's YOUR powerful enemy. Jesus referred to him as a strong man, fully armed, guarding his possessions. The ...

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