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“As the Philistine moved closer to attack him, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet him.”
“David ran and stood over him. He took hold of the Philistine’s sword and drew it from the sheath. After he killed him, he cut off his head with the sword” (1 Samuel 17:48; 51).
What was he thinking? David not only dared asking about Goliath but volunteered to fight him? No wonder why Eliab, David’s oldest brother got angry and asked him to return to his home duties: watching over the family’s sheep in the wilderness.
All odds were against David. Goliath was an over nine feet tall giant who has been a warrior from his youth as stated by King Saul (1 Samuel 17: 33). If this detail was not enough, Philistine champion Goliath is described as ruthless and plain rude to his opponents, the Israelites (1 Samuel 17: 8-10).
In fact, the Israelites were so “dismayed” and “terrified” on hearing his verbal attacks that “for forty days, [Goliath] came forward every morning and evening and took his stand” (1 Samuel 17:16). I am not the best students in math (just ask my brothers :) but I know that forty days means 30 days (a month) plus 10 days! This sounds like an impressive amount of time for an individual to terrorize an army.
The spirit of fear obviously dominated the Israelite camp. Now let’s focus on David for a moment. David, the youngest of Jesse’s eight sons, is described as “ruddy” and “handsome” aka pretty boy with a swag. David vs. Goliath is like asking a 30-year-old to fight against his 10-year-old cousin.
In man’s standards, David was doomed to lose the fight. In God’s standards, it was not the case. In fact, Goliath’s rude comments and physical appearance did neither impress nor scare David. Actually, David made sure Goliath heard from him. There he goes yelling at Goliath:
“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. This day the LORD will deliver you into my hands, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. This very day I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds and the wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the LORD saves; for the battle is the LORD’s, and he will give all of you into our hands” (1 Samuel 17: 45-47).
What a bold statement! At first, David presented his spiritual resume to King Saul in order to get the job by focusing on his past godly victories (1 Samuel 17: 34-37), then he informed his opponent about his reliance on GOD and finally took action (1 Samuel 17: 48-51).
We have a lot to learn from David’s godly boldness and his victorious attitude. Too often and too fast, we declared defeat when facing the goliaths of our lives. One of the reasons may be that we rely too much on ourselves and forget that the battle is not ours but GOD’s (2 Chronicles 20:15). Like David, we must run toward our Goliaths with a godly confidence. Above all, we must be strong and courageous, not afraid or terrified because of [our Goliaths], for the LORD [our ] God goes with us; he will never leave us nor forsake us.(Deuteronomy 31:6).
Questions: How are you responding to the Goliaths in your life? How was David able to be so fearless in the face of danger?