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“Be not afraid of their faces: for I am with thee to deliver thee, saith the LORD” (Jeremiah 1:8, KJV).
David probably spent most of his early life keeping sheep. He had many experiences in the wilderness and opportunities to know God. He had seen God work on his behalf protecting him and strengthening him. In this time of aloneness he had built his relationship with God. His knowledge of God’s ability surpassed his knowledge of the ability of anyone else therefore the awesomeness of God was something in his heart and not his head.
When David arrived at the place of battle he was amazed at the ignorance of Goliath and shocked by the fear of Israel. The defiance and strength of Goliath existed because he was empowered by the fear of Israel. Had Israel feared God more than Goliath they would not have had an enemy. “The fear of man brings a snare: but whoever puts his trust in the LORD shall be safe.” (Proverbs 29:25, KJV)
To fear God is to reverence, accept and honor who He is. It is impossible to know who God is without intimacy. ‘Goliaths’ stand in the areas where God is not exalted and known. Our words and conversations will reveal who we are better acquainted with. It is interesting to note that in the conversations between David and the men there is no mention of God except from David.
The people had been had been listening to Goliath every morning and every evening. They chose the words of Goliath above the knowledge of God. In so doing they had created a “high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God.” (2 Corinthians 10:5). T, KJV) The result of this was they became servants of Goliath even before the start of the battle. We are told they became dismayed and greatly afraid. (v. 11) If the voice of God is not louder to us than every other voice we will begin to serve those voices. It is important we keep His word before us and hear His voice.
When David ran towards Goliath he declared that this defeat would show the whole earth there was a God in Israel. When we take down the Goliaths everyone will know God is with us.
“the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits” (Dan 11:32, KJV).
Questions: Are you facing a Goliath in your life right now? How are you handling it? Whose voice are you listening to?