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?
Did you know that every Israelite soldier who heard these words could have declared what David did? You can too. You have covenant rights to health, prosperity, joy, peace- everything that pertains to life and godliness (2 Pet. 1:3). You just need to view your circumstances through your covenant with God.
David could have tried to justify himself, but even if he had won the argument, he would have lost the battle with this giant. David kept his eyes on the Lord, and it was when he repeated his statements of faith that someone heard what he said and told Saul, Israel’s king.
However, even the king tried to talk David out of what was in his heart. He pointed out David’s inexperience and size compared to Goliath’s. What will you do when those you respect don’t believe in you? That’s very important to think about. Look at what David said at the end of his reply:
The Lord that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine.
After David listed his victories and experience, the king decided to let him represent Israel and go fight Goliath, which was a miracle in itself! It was quite a risk for him to place the fate of the entire kingdom in the hands of this boy, especially one he didn’t know. But I think Saul recognized the anointing of God upon David. We would do well not to underestimate the anointing either.
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.
David hasted, and ran toward the army to meet the Philistine.
Lessons From David
This teaching looks at the life of David, the only person the Lord called "a man after mine own heart," and makes direct applications to our lives today.View all products for Lessons From David