1 Samuel 17

Scripture

1 Samuel 17:45-47

45 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. 46 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. 47 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.”

Observation

Goliath has challenged the Israelites and openly “defied the armies” of Israel.  All of the biggest and strongest were gathered within the camp; yet no one would take Goliath’s challenge.  David  comes to the camp, hears the challenge and decides to step forward and take on the giant. 

Understanding

David’s acceptance of the giant’s challenge is done purely on a seemingly unwavering faith in God.  From the outside looking in, there is little to lead one to believe that he would have success. 

  • Goliath is described as a giant, David a young man – “little more than a boy.”
  • Goliath was raised as a warrior, David as a shepherd.
  • Goliath donned extravagant armor and heavy, sharp weapons; David carried a slingshot and a few rocks.

Put simply, it doesn’t make logical sense.

Furthermore, David faced accusations from his brother, [initial] discouragement from Saul and mockery from Goliath. Doesn’t exactly sound like the back up or support you’d want in that type of situation. 

Even yet, David accepts the challenge, seemingly against all odds.  BUT the one thing David has the Goliath doesn’t – God in His corner.  And there seems to be no doubt in David’s mind that God will deliver them from this Philistine AND he gives glory to God in advance.

Life Application

Dear God, may I exhibit faith like David today.  May I be brought to action in response to defiance of you.  May I walk with that same boldness, despite “logical” reasoning, despite mockery, despite false accusations.  May I remain steadfast in my pursuit of your will for my life and give all glory to you along the way!  Thank you for being a God we can trust.  We love you!  In your name we pray, Amen.

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-Rei