May 9
1 Samuel 17:34-40

The armor of God

King Saul had some doubts about David’s ability to fight the huge Philistine. David was just a boy! Yet, no one else had been willing to take on Goliath, so Saul said, ”May the Lord be with you.” Then he gave David his armor.

David put on Saul’s bronze helmet and coat of armor. Then he strapped Saul’s sword over the armor. As David walked around he realized that the armor was too heavy for him, so he took the armor off and headed down the valley without it.

How can I protect myself from the devil’s attacks?

David was about to face the fiercest warrior in the Philistine army with a stick and a sling. David didn’t need Saul’s armor because he was already wearing God’s armor. King Saul may have shaken his head in unbelief, but the battle had already been won in David’s mind.

You can also be on winning side by putting on God’s armor (Ephesians 6:14-17).


  • Tie the Belt of Truth tightly around your waist so that you do not get tripped up with wrong ideas about God.
  • Protect your heart with the Breastplate of Righteousness; let purity and goodness guard your heart from sin.
  • Wear the Gospel of Peace shoes so that you can spread the Good News of God’s love everywhere.
  • Carry the Shield of Faith so you can stop the burning arrows of doubt and discouragement.
  • Put on the Helmet of Salvation, which you get when you ask Jesus to become Lord of your life.
  • Use the Sword of the Spirit, which is God’s Word. Use verses from the Bible to defeat your giant.

Verse for today

Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Ephesians 6:13