1 Sam 17:1-58
I grew up watching wrestling with my dad and my twin brother, and one of the common features of those fights was the pre-fight interview with the fighters. In these interviews each fighter would warn of how he would beat and destroy his opponent, it was an initial battle of words before the battle on the ringside.
No doubts about it words are very powerful, and this classical bible story of David and Goliath is one that exemplifies this in a very clear way. Words form our thoughts, our thoughts form our actions and reactions as they affect the way we see ourselves and perceive the environment and situations around us.
The Philistine and Israelite armies were gathered for war, and Goliath, the main warrior for the Philistines challenged the Israelites to a one on one battle in which the winner takes it all – wins for the country. Each day, for forty days, he would come forward as a very huge figure, and boast before the men of Israel of how he would defeat them, saying he defied their army and they could not give him a man to fight with him. The whole army was afraid, including Saul the king.
However, one man had not exposed himself to the ramblings of this uncircumcised Philistine. David had been on the field watching the sheep until his father sent him to take food to his brothers on the battle field. when he got there and saw the way Goliath boasted he was disturbed and asked who’s this uncircumcised Philistine that defied that army of the Lord. He also wanted to find out what would be done to the one that defeats Goliath. When word got to Saul about David, he questioned him about his confidence. David however made it known that God had helped him defeated a lion and bear before while watching over his father sheep, and he did not see any difference between them and Goliath. What a confidence, what a comparison. Saul was initially dressing him in the normal armour, but David was uncomfortable with this, and went ahead to the battle with stones and sling. No wonder when Goliath saw him, his question was, “am I a dog”? David was immediately able to bring Goliath perception of himself low even before throwing a single stone. His confidence was however in God and not his armor.
After exchanging few more words (like my wrestler friends), David ran towards Goliath with the stone and the sling and sent the stone right into his forehead. The giant fell down to everyone’s amazement, David went over and beheaded him with his own sword, and the Lord granted Israel victory that day.
As I mentioned on the study on Goliath, this feat is also filled with youth bravery, courage and faith in God. Young people see things differently than those who have built disbelief over time. As a young person, is God laying possibilities on your heart? Go for it, God will always honour faith and confidence in him.
David’s father and family was known from that day. A single exploit brought him to limelight, and this is just the beginning for as we already know, God had anointed David through Samuel to become king of Israel. How would he progress with his journey? We wait and see!
Some verses to remember
vs 26: And David spake to the men that stood by him, saying, What shall be done to the man that killeth this Philistine, and taketh away the reproach from Israel? for who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?
vs 36: Thy servant slew both the lion and the bear: and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be as one of them, seeing he hath defied the armies of the living God.
vs 45-47 Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied. This day will the LORD deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcases of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel. And all this assembly shall know that the LORD saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the LORD’S, and he will give you into our hands.