1 Samuel 17:32-51 – Goliath Falls

Read 1 Samuel 17:32-51

David and Goliath shadow figures

How desperate was Saul to find a solution to the Goliath problem? We learned a couple readings ago that there was quite a reward being offered to the brave soul who kills Goliath. You can imagine Saul’s great surprise when young David says, “Don’t worry about this Philistine, I’ll go fight him!” Don’t worry? This was the same giant who sent the Israelite army scurrying away in fear!

But David had a plan. He knew he wasn’t a warrior in Saul’s army, but he knew he was a smart protector. I can just about picture David clubbing a lion to death should it try to take one of his precious lambs. God had gifted David to fearlessly use his wit and strength, and today we shall perhaps see why.

Saul’s armor was not a good fit. We could talk all day about the hidden meaning there. David was his own man. He had his own way of doing things and taking on someone else’s “way” stifled David’s nature. At least David showed respect to the king and tried it on for good measure!

If there was any doubt as to David’s true loyalty, it becomes evident that it lies in the LORD. “I come to you in the name of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies—the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.” David seems inflamed by the continued taunts of Goliath. The fire of God was burning bright in him.

Yet, David was not going to take credit for God’s intervention that day. David told Goliath, “Today the Lord will conquer you, and I will kill you and cut off your head.” If the Israelites were in fear before, they had to be wondering now about their own fate. The words of this young boy sound unbelievable. If Goliath won, they would all be slaves to the Philistines. Their odds seemed slim. David knew whose victory this would be even without sword and shield.

Have you ever gone into a seemingly scary situation armed only with God’s peace and protection? Then you know the peace that surpasses all understanding. Where we should be trembling in fear, we’re ready for battle. David was feeling that empowerment.

Maybe you’re facing a giant right now in your life? Are you trying to fight it alone?

David’s confidence in the LORD was unwavering. He wanted to be sure that “everyone assembled here will know that the Lord rescues his people, but not with sword and spear.” This victorious rescue is not only known by those assembled, but we, too, can share in the knowledge of God’s power and might displayed that day using David, a sling shot, and a stone.

David did not retreat but ran toward his foe. Is there a message here we need to hear? Are we cowering from those situations in life that are scary and unknown, or are we running toward them with the assurance that God is by our side?

Don’t rush past the events you have just witnessed through God’s word. Listen for the message God has for you today.

praying hands looking up

Let’s pray …
Lord, thank you for how you have rescued me time and again from situations that were unhealthy and sinful. Forgive me for those times I failed to trust you and your provision.  I know I am nothing without you working inside me. It is an honor and privilege to be given the opportunities I have been given. Help me to be grateful and focused on bringing you the glory! In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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