“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.”
(1 Samuel 17:37)
David was the youngest of several boys. While his three oldest brothers went to war, he watched his father’s sheep. When a wild animal, such as a lion or bear, carried off a sheep, God helped David kill the animal and rescue the sheep. David also played the harp well. King Saul would call for David to come play the harp for him. The Israelites were at war with the Philistines. They lined up for battle. But instead of attacking, the Philistines sent a warrior to challenge the soldiers of the Israelite army. Goliath was huge—over nine feet tall. He had strong armor, a large sword, a shield, and a spear.
For forty days Goliath shouted, “Choose a man to fight me. If he kills me, we will be your servants. But if I kill him, you will be our servants.” All the Israelites were terrified of Goliath. Every day they ran from him in fear. Who could win a fight against such a tall, strong man as Goliath? Then David came to check on his brothers. When Goliath shouted out his challenge, David heard it. He did not run away like the rest of the Israelites. He was shocked to hear Goliath challenging God. He was more shocked that the Israelite army did not stop him.
David said, “I will fight the giant.” He had trusted God with smaller battles. He knew he could trust God with this big battle. He knew God would help him fight this Philistine, just as He had helped David fight the wild animals who tried to steal his father’s sheep. David’s faith in God helped him fight and kill a giant that everyone else had feared.
“Lord, please encourage me to trust You in everything, trusting You to help me face the “giants” in my lives. I realize that You are bigger than my problems. I surrender all my life unto Your mighty power. In the name of Jesus, I pray, amen.”