每日诗歌: Days gone by (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yI08PEjJliY)
撒母耳记上 17:36-37a你仆人曾打死狮子和熊，这未受割礼的非利士人向永生神的军队骂阵，也必像狮子和熊一般。” 大卫又说：“耶和华救我脱离狮子和熊的爪，也必救我脱离这非利士人的手。
撒母耳记上 17-18 讲圣经中最著名的故事之一。美国文化里多次的重复大卫和歌利亚这个故事。 这个故事也是大卫生活里的转折点。 我每次读到这里， 都会想 “大卫怎么可以有那么大的胆量，去挑战一个巨人？ 什么都没带，就他背上穿的衣服，弹弓和五块石头？” 在撒母耳记上 17:34-37 我们就找到答案。作为牧羊人，大卫会有平安和危险的经历。有时候他就可以坐在安静的水边，躺在青草地上， 思想神是多么的信实。可是还有别的时候， 他对神的信心就要被挑战。当他为了保护在他手下的小绵羊，跟狮子和大熊打架的时候， 他心里照样有确据知道神会保护他。他对神忠诚的认识是建立在安静的时候和行动的时候。因为大卫深深的相信神会与他同在， 他就可以无人陪着，去跟歌利亚打架。大卫知道去打是很危险，知道自己会需要被拯救， 也知道这位LIVING GOD会救他。 因为知道，就可以用一个石头打死歌利亚。 一个行动，改变他真个生活。两章之内，大卫从牧羊人变成扫罗王的女婿。那些安静牧养父亲羊群的日子就没有了。都称为过去了。很快大卫就要牧养以色列人了。虽然大卫周围的环境会改变， 但他的信心却没改变。相信神会保护他免受巨人侵害的那个男孩，将成为相信神将来将他从扫罗的手中救出来的同一个人。从少年大卫在永生神里建立的基础将继续指导他一生。
亲爱的天父， 我也希望在你里面有个建立好的基础。在安静时刻让我听见你的声音。当我该行动的时候让我听见你的呼唤， 好让我宣布你的名。求你打开我的眼睛，可以看到我每天的行动和想法如何影响我对你信心。让我在你离的力量里面刚强。奉主名求，阿们！
Days gone by (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yI08PEjJliY)
Scripture Reading：1 Samuel 17-18
1 Samuel 17:36-37a: Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. 37 The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine.
How is my faith in God built up?
1 Samuel 17-18 tells one of the most famous stories in the Bible. David and Goliath has been told and retold so many times in American culture. It marks a turning point in David’s life. Every time I read this story, I wonder how David got to the point where he felt so confident that he can go off to fight a giant in nothing but the clothes on his back, a slingshot and five stones. We find the answer in 1 Samuel 17:34-37. As a shepherd, David has both peaceful and dangerous experiences. He has times where he can meditate on God’s faithfulness, sitting by streams of quiet waters or in green pastures. But other times, his knowledge of God’s faithfulness is put to the test when he must fight lions and bears to protect the sheep that have been entrusted to him. His knowledge of God’s faithfulness is built up in quiet times and times of action. With the assurance that God is with him, David has the courage to go fight giants without anyone by his side. David goes into the fight knowing that he is putting himself into danger, knowing that he will need to be rescued, and knowing that the living God will rescue him. With this knowledge, David kills Goliath with a single stone, and with that one action, his life is changed forever. In two chapters, David goes from shepherd boy to the king’s son-in-law. Gone are the quiet days of caring for his father’s sheep. Those are now days gone by. Soon, David will be asked to shepherd the people of Israel. But although David’s surroundings will go through many changes, David’s faith does not change. The same boy who trusted that God would protect him from Goliath will become the same man who trusts God to deliver him from Saul’s hand in the future. David’s foundation in the living God, set from his days of youth will continue to guide him for the rest of his life.
Dear Heavenly Father, I too want to have a firm foundation in you. Let me hear your voice speaking to me in the quiet days and in the days where you call me to action to defend and proclaim Your name. Open my eyes to see how my daily actions and thoughts can affect my faith in you. May I find my strength in You.