David rocks, literally (pun intended)! As we continue in 1 Samuel we see how Saul (appointed to take over after Samuel) makes some disappointing choices and goes against God’s commands. This causes God to withdraw His anointing from Saul and he has Samuel anoint David as the future leader of His people. David has a long and arduous journey to the throne. I will write about that more in the upcoming weeks, but today I want to talk about that old story most of us have heard a hundred (or more) times growing up in the church ~ the story of David and Goliath.
As I read these verses again something new stood out to me. First, David was met with great doubt by those around him. His brothers and King Saul all quickly reminded him that he was only a young boy with no experience (1 Sam. 17:33). However, this had no effect on the faith and trust he had in God saying, “The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine.” (v. 37) Even Goliath (the Philistine) looked at David and “despised him because he was just a youth, healthy and handsome.” (v. 42)
Clearly David was one with total confidence and trust in God. He boldly stood up to Goliath (who was 9’ 9” tall with armor weighing 125 pounds, 1 Sam. 17:5) when no one else would. Not only did David take on Goliath, he took him on with absolutely no armor (because it was to big and bulky for him) and only a slingshot and five smooth stones instead of a sword.
David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. (v.35)
Again, just like God did with Moses, (see my Why Harden Their Hearts post here) he set the stage for the miraculous to happen so there was no denying that His hand is upon David and the Israelite people. It wasn’t even a close battle. As we know, David slings that first rock and lays Goliath out only then taking the sword to remove his head.
A sling and a stone held by a boy took out a giant. That’s the God we serve! He doesn’t need us to conquer the giants, He only needs a willing heart that trusts He will show up and conquer the giant through us, but with His strength and might. What is the giant you are facing today? Maybe you have placed yourself before the giant or maybe you have found yourself standing before one by no choice of your own. Whatever the case may be, will you trust that the mighty God we serve can take it down for you, with only a sling and a stone, through your trust in Him?