By Patsy Sorrels, columnist
Enid News & Eagle
In 1 Samuel 17, two armies were facing each other on the sides of two mountains, with a valley between. Israel was on one side and the Philistines on the other.
We see in versus 8-11, a giant would come out into the valley every day to intimidate the Israelites, challenging them with words of fear. He was better know as “the Champion of the Philistines” and stood 9 feet, 9 inches tall. He wore a helmet of brass and a coat of brass shingles, weighing about 155 pounds, and carried a spear that weighted about 19 pounds. His name was Goliath.
Goliath was able to inject fear into Saul and the armies of God with his words. He would say: “I defy the armies of Israel this day! Give me a man to fight. If he wins, we will be your servants, and if I win you will be our servants.” This left Saul and Israel shaken and horrified, leaving the armies of God paralyzed by the words of this giant.
God needed a man who was filled with faith to go up against Goliath, but there was none, not even Saul, the king.
So, back at the ranch, God moved upon Jessie to send his son, David, to check on his older sons, who were in Saul’s army. David left the sheep with a keeper and — gathering parched corn and homemade bread for his brothers and some special cheese for the captain — he left to inquire about his brothers. By this time the giant had been intimidating the armies of God for 40 days, every morning and every evening, and they were terrified of Goliath.
Now, about that same time, David arrived on the scene and was talking to his brothers, when the giant came out again, speaking the same words he had spoken every day before. Only this time, David heard him. This time, God’s man was on the scene.
What made David so different from the rest of them? They were all servants of God. The Bible says while David was keeping his sheep, he would play his harp and speak to himself in Psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, making melody in his heart to the Lord, just as Ephesians 5:19 tells us to do. David had so built himself up by singing and speaking words of faith, that when he heard the defiant words of Goliath, his confidence was immediately activated. “Who is this?” David ask. “Who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of the living God?”
The men of the camp told David what was going on, and that King Saul had offered a reward of his daughter’s hand in marriage to the man who killed the giant, as well as freedom to his father’s house in Israel. But David wasn’t much interested in King Saul’s reward, but in the fact that someone, anyone, had the gall to come up against the armies of the living God.
Long story short, David’s anger caused him to step up to bat saying, “Is there not a cause? I will fight this giant!”
News of this commotion soon reached King Saul and he sent for David, reminding him he was only a kid, a sheep herder. That’s when David bowed up and began to speak his victory. He had no doubt or fear God would not have his back. He told King Saul about a lion and a bear that came to steal a lamb, and how he went out after him and took the lamb out of the mouth of the lion, how he slew the bear, and this uncircumcised Philistine would be just another notch on his belt.
“This giant should have never defied the armies of the Living God!” David boldly told the king. David spoke his victories, past and present. He made a believer out of King Saul.
We know the rest of the story, David took his staff and his sling in his hand and chose five smooth stones out of the brook and headed toward the giant. When the two met for the showdown, the giant began to laugh at David, cursing him, and was insulted they would send a boy with a stick to fight him. But, to David, Goliath was only a Philistine. He never saw the giant of which everyone else, even King Saul, was so afraid of. He only saw someone who dared to defy the armies of the living God. Suddenly, David was no longer a puny teenager, he was the shepherd boy God had chosen to deliver King Saul and his armies from the hands of the Philistines. WOW!
Read it with me. 1 Samuel 17:45-47. “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 you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou have defied. This day will the Lord deliver you into my hand; and I will smite you, and take your head from you; and I will give the carcasses of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beast 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.”
Friends, David spoke his future, he spoke the outcome of the battle before he ever removed the stone from his pouch. He slung the stone, sinking it into the forehead of the Philistine, sending him facedown into the dirt. David ran and stood over the giant, took the sword of the giant out of its sheath, and cut off his head. Now that’s victory! David did exactly what he said he would do. He knew no weapon formed against him would prosper because it was his heritage as a servant of the Most High God.
I am here to tell my friends, when others see a skinny little shepherd boy, the Lord sees a giant slayer and a king.
What God did for David, He will do for you. He is faithful to watch over His Word to perform it.
Don’t be intimidated by the giants in your land ... Dance like David danced ... sing like David sang ... pray like David prayed … speak your future and rest in knowing the battle belongs to God.
Keep the Faith and worship somewhere today.
Sorrels is News & Eagle editorial assistant and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (580) 548-8140.