In my studies in the life of David I came to something interesting and worthy of note. Notice,
- In First Samuel chapter sixteen David is compared to Saul, a saved man living in the flesh.
- In First Samuel chapter seventeen David is compared to Goliath, a lost man living in the flesh.
You see, whether you are saved or lost, flesh is flesh and it always fails. It never has nor ever could please God. The Bible says, So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God (Romans 8:8). It would be best for us to remember like David what we truly are. David said, For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust. As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth (Psalms 103:14-15).
This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law. (Gal 5:16-18)
In both instances in David’s life, he was both triumphant over Saul and Goliath, because it is Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord of hosts. (Zech 4:6) What David learned later in life with his wicked escapade with Bathsheba is that his flesh was no greater than Saul’s or Goliath’s…flesh is flesh!