Although his soldiers were afraid to attack the Philistines, David led them into battle because of God’s promise to give them the victory.

BibleGateway: 1 Samuel 23:1-6

ESV Text: 1 Samuel 23:1-6

1 Samuel 23:1–6 (Listen)

David Saves the City of Keilah

23:1 Now they told David, “Behold, the Philistines are fighting against Keilah and are robbing the threshing floors.” Therefore David inquired of the LORD, “Shall I go and attack these Philistines?” And the LORD said to David, “Go and attack the Philistines and save Keilah.” But David’s men said to him, “Behold, we are afraid here in Judah; how much more then if we go to Keilah against the armies of the Philistines?” Then David inquired of the LORD again. And the LORD answered him, “Arise, go down to Keilah, for I will give the Philistines into your hand.” And David and his men went to Keilah and fought with the Philistines and brought away their livestock and struck them with a great blow. So David saved the inhabitants of Keilah.

When Abiathar the son of Ahimelech had fled to David to Keilah, he had come down with an ephod in his hand.

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KJV Text:

(Alt. audio): Chapter: 23

     1 Then they told David, saying, Behold, the Philistines fight against Keilah, and they rob the threshingfloors. 2 Therefore David inquired of the LORD, saying, Shall I go and smite these Philistines? And the LORD said unto David, Go, and smite the Philistines, and save Keilah. 3 And David’s men said unto him, Behold, we be afraid here in Judah: how much more then if we come to Keilah against the armies of the Philistines? 4 Then David inquired of the LORD yet again. And the LORD answered him and said, Arise, go down to Keilah: for I will deliver the Philistines into thine hand. 5 So David and his men went to Keilah, and fought with the Philistines, and brought away their cattle, and smote them with a great slaughter. So David saved the inhabitants of Keilah. 6 And it came to pass, when Abiathar the son of Ahimelech fled to David to Keilah, that he came down with an ephod in his hand.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 206:
Jesus Christ My Sure Defense

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1. Jesus Christ, my sure Defense 
And my Savior, ever Liveth; 
Knowing this, my confidence 
Rests upon the hope it giveth 
Though the night of death be fraught 
Still with many an anxious thought. 

2. Jesus, my Redeemer, lives; 
I, too, unto life shall waken. 
Endless joy my Savior gives; 
Shall my courage, then, be shaken? 
Shall I fear, or could the Head 
Rise and leave His members dead? 

3. Nay, too closely am I bound 
Unto Him by hope forever; 
Faith’s strong hand the Rock hath found, 
Grasped it, and will leave it never; 
Even death now cannot part 
From its Lord the trusting heart. 

4. I am flesh and must return 
Unto dust, whence I am taken; 
But by faith I now discern 
That from death I shall awaken 
With my Savior to abide 
In His glory, at His side. 

5. Glorified, I shall anew 
With this flesh then be enshrouded; 
In this body I shall view 
God, my Lord, with eyes unclouded; 
In this flesh I then shall see 
Jesus Christ eternally. 

6. Then these eyes my Lord shall know, 
My Redeemer and my Brother; 
In His love my soul shall glow,– 
I myself, and not another! 
Then the weakness I feel here 
Shall forever disappear. 

7. They who sorrow here and moan 
There in gladness shall be reigning; 
Earthly here the seed is sown, 
There immortal life attaining. 
Here our sinful bodies die, 
Glorified to dwell on high. 

8. Then take comfort and rejoice, 
For His members Christ will cherish. 
Fear not, they will hear His voice; 
Dying, they shall never perish; 
For the very grave is stirred 
When the trumpet’s blast is heard. 

9. Laugh to scorn the gloomy grave 
And at death no longer tremble; 
He, the Lord, who came to save 
Will at last His own assemble. 
They will go their Lord to meet, 
Treading death beneath their feet. 

10. Oh, then, draw away your hearts 
Now from pleasures base and hollow. 
There to share what He imparts, 
Here His footsteps ye must follow. 
Fix your hearts beyond the skies, 
Whether ye yourselves would rise. 


Hymn: LSB 472 These Things Did Thomas Count as Real
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