18. The sword of Goliath the Philistine (1 Samuel 21:9).
With Doeg, the Edomite (Saul’s chief shepherd) nearby, David seeks a weapon on the chance he will need to protect himself. The only available sword was that of Goliath. I find this reminder of past victories to be a significant way that God encourages David. In his time of potential discouragement, he returns to a moment of victory and finds strength and protection in it. The sword wasn’t only for the physical protection David required, but it brought the emotional strength David needed at this time.
Don’t forget your past victories when you’re facing fresh ones. The things you learned back then and the way God helped you may be the resource you need now.