A Short Study of 1st Samuel 17:29

“And David said, what have I now done? Is there not a cause?” 
(1st Samuel 17:29)


“Is there not a cause?” This was David’s response to his older brother Eliab’s false accusation against him of pride, irresponsibility of keeping their father’s sheep and naughtiness of heart (1st Samuel 17:28). David came to the battlefield that day being sent by his father, Jesse. He was sent with provision for the three brothers that had followed Saul to the battle against the Philistines (1st Samuel 17:17-18). David heard the ungodly rants and rages of the Philistine giant and the challenge that Goliath had issued to the armies of Israel (1st Samuel 17:8-10) and was concerned for the glory of God. “Is there not a cause?”

Yes, there is a cause! God’s glory! When we hear the rants and rages of the religious ungodly against the gospel of Christ it stirs our hearts with zeal for His glory. How can we sit by idly and not pay any attention to what is being said today in most “churches” about the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. It is utter blasphemy against the God whom we love and the gospel we believe to hear some say, “Salvation rests upon the sinner and God has done all He can do, the rest is up to you!”

Is there not a cause in our day to take a strong stand for the cause of God and the gospel truth of redemption actually accomplished by Christ, not merely an attempt made (Hebrews 9:11-12; Hebrews 9:26)?

Is there not a cause in our day to “earnestly contend for the faith once delivered unto the saints” and not to compromise to satisfy the feelings of some (Jude 1:24)?

Is there not a cause in our day to boldly proclaim the unvarnished truth that salvation is of the LORD, not by the will of man (John 1:11-12; Romans 9:15-16; 2nd Timothy 1:9)?

Is there not a cause in our day to proclaim the good news that the Lord Jesus Christ “came to seek and to save the lost” that He came to save sinners and shall not fail (Isaiah 42:1-4; 1st Timothy 1:12-15; Luke 19:10; John 10:27-30)?

Yes, my friend there is a cause (reason and purpose) that is greater than any of us! The LORD must and will have all the preeminence in salvation (Colossians 1:18). The gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ is all about Him and His glory (1st Corinthians 1:30-31; Galatians 6:14).


T. Harding

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