We know the story of David versus Goliath, a boy versus a giant, a shepherd versus a warrior. It is one of the first accounts we learn when we start children’s church. For forty days, Goliath had been taunting and challenging the Israelite army, but the army and their leader, King Saul, were terrified. When David happened on the scene as a young shepherd delivering food for his older brothers, and hears the insults being thrown at God, he goes to Saul and says he will fight this pagan Philistine. First Samuel 17:33 records Saul’s response, “And Saul said to David, ‘You are not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him, for you are but a youth, and he has been a man of war from his youth.’”
How many times have we been given a similar response in our lives by others or by the lies of Satan? You cannot accomplish __________ for you are only a youth, only an addict, only a sinner, only a single parent, only a failure, only you. I think we can learn a lot from David’s response to this comment and from the rest of the account that follows, in our quest to find God’s purpose for our lives. David responds by recounting the times he drove away or killed lions and bears in the defense of his father’s flocks, and culminates with a powerful statement in verse 37: “And David said, “The Lord who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine…’”
David had a positive outlook because he remembered the past, which allowed him to trust in God’s power. What has God done for you, saved you from, that you need to remember today as you face the challenge currently standing in front of you? David carried this positive stance with him much of his life, as is evidenced by Psalm 23:4, “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I will fear no evil, for you are with me…” David had the confidence that his God was bigger than anything he could come up against.
King Saul finally relents and allows David to fight, but not before trying to equip him for battle with the best armor of the day. David, though, soon realizes he will not be successful if he wears it. David realizes that he must be himself, and fight in the way God has prepared him to fight. We must do the same, even as Satan schemes to fill our heads with the idea that we are not good enough and must be someone other than who God has created us to be. Today, be yourself. Take stock of your strengths, weaknesses, quirks, and experiences, and use them as God directs you.
Finally, as David heads to the battlefield with his sling, staff, and a few stones, we see he has the correct motivation for his decision to fight Goliath. Verse 46 says, “This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand…(so) that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel. David knows the battle is already done and God has already won, but he wants everyone to see the goodness of God in this victory, not the goodness of David.
If we can apply these simple examples from David to our lives…having a positive outlook based on the past goodness of God, unashamedly being the person God has created us to be, and allowing our motivation for our actions to be the glorification of God…our chances drastically increase that we will soon be standing triumphantly over our Goliath with the enemy scattering in fear.