1 Samuel 17:8 (New International Version)
“Goliath stood and shouted to the ranks of Israel, ‘Why do you come out and line up for battle? Am I not a Philistine, and are you not the servants of Saul?’”
1 Samuel 17:26 (New International Version)
“David asked the men standing near him…’Who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of the living God?’”
The biblical account of David and Goliath has been told and retold for milinnea, therefore it is very likely that you, reader, are familiar with it. Shepherd boy kills colossal giant with one of five smooth stones from his slingshot. It’s a story about big versus little – the triumph of the underdog. When you really meditate on the details of the account, however, the natural question arises, if Goliath was so very intimidating that he terrified an entire army and a battle savvy king into hiding, how on earth could a single sheep herder summon the courage to face him alone, determined to kill him, and confident that he would? If there were such a pairing in modern times, it would look something like putting a female kindergarten teacher the ring with the men’s world ultimate fighting champion. In such a match, would you expect the kindergarten teacher to win? Okay – now you have some idea how the Israelites and the Philistines felt. One side shook in fear, while the other shook with laughter and anticipation.
But when the giant fell, no one was laughing then. My guess is that they were all in shock.
How did David do it? Or better yet, how did he know he could do it? And more importantly, why didn’t the armies of Israel do it instead?
Using present day vernacular, we could say that David “had a pair” on him. And in a sense, that would be true. But the source of his strength was not physical it was spiritual. Unlike Saul and Israel’s amy, David did not obtain his identity from his enemy, but from God. Notice Goliath refers to Israel as “servants of Saul.” David, however, refers to them as “the armies of the Living God.” If you read the narrative found in 1 Samuel chapter 17, you will notice other references David makes that establishes his identity and his purpose in confronting Goliath, both of which come from God.
The interesting thing is that right up until he falls to his death, Goliath does not acknowledge the God of Israel. So David sets him and every other observer straight. David declares boldly that he steps forward in service of God and that he purposes to win so that God will be glorified. But don’t miss that his knee-jerk reaction to Goliath’s presence in the verse above reveals his heart.
“‘Who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of the living God?’” That explains everything you need to know about David. It also reveals the attitude behind his “win.”
What is your knee-jerk reaction when you see the enemy? Is it fear or indignation?
Whom have you allowed to determine your identity? Why?What have they said about you?
If you are uncertain about who you are, I encourage you to examine Whose you are. Pour through the scriptures, get to know better and better the God who created you, gave you a purpose, and died on your behalf so that you might live it out. Allow him alone to reveal, shape, and define your identity, then you, too, will be able to walk in the courage of David, facing down the Goliaths in your life with the confidence that you, too, will win.
Be blessed Family!
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