Today we are going to wrap up our look into the account of David and Goliath in 1 Samuel 17. Here are a few final observations, although so much more could be said from this chapter.
The Battle Belongs to the Lord
1 Samuel 17:36-37 Your servant has struck down both lions and bears, and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be like one of them, for he has defied the armies of the living God.” 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.” And Saul said to David, “Go, and the LORD be with you!”
1 Samuel 17:45-47 Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword and with a spear and with a javelin, but I come to you in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the LORD will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you down and cut off your head. And I will give the dead bodies of the host of the Philistines this day to the birds of the air and to the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel, and that all this assembly may know that the LORD saves not with sword and spear. For the battle is the LORD’s, and he will give you into our hand.”
David recognized that this was God’s battle to win. He saw that Goliath was bringing reproach to God and Israel, and that God would bring victory. This was not a physical battle in David’s eyes. One reason David wanted to kill Goliath was that the whole assembly there that day (Israelites and Philistines) would know that the battle belongs to the Lord.
Your battle against sin and against the Devil is a battle that belongs to God. It is not your fight to win, and in fact, you won’t win it if you try to go it alone. Be like David and see that this is God’s battle to win through you, in you and for you!
David Picked Five Stones, Not Just One
Here’s a point that I received from a friend, Geoff.
1 Samuel 17:40 Then he took his staff in his hand and chose five smooth stones from the brook and put them in his shepherd’s pouch. His sling was in his hand, and he approached the Philistine.
As a Christian, God expects you to be prepared. He wants us to have faith, but we have our duty to be plan and be prepared. David could have said, “I only need one,” but he didn’t. He went in prepared to the battle. We trust God saying he will provide for us financially, but we still need to work, budget, plan and save. We trust God will protect us, but we still don’t let our kids walk alone down dark alleys. We have our part to do as well.
Your victories will inspire courage in others
1 Samuel 17:51-53 Then David ran and stood over the Philistine and took his sword and drew it out of its sheath and killed him and cut off his head with it. When the Philistines saw that their champion was dead, they fled. And the men of Israel and Judah rose with a shout and pursued the Philistines as far as Gath and the gates of Ekron, so that the wounded Philistines fell on the way from Shaaraim as far as Gath and Ekron. And the people of Israel came back from chasing the Philistines, and they plundered their camp.
Everyone in Israel was cowering and running, but when one man stood up and showed real faith, look what happened. The above verses shows that the people rose up and shouted and gained courage to fight! What happens when one person in our church or in our family stands up and shows the way to live! It inspires others to stand up and do what is right. We all need a David sometimes in our lives to stand up and show true faith, character and courage. Hopefully we can be that David for others in our relationships.
Goliath was well-armed, but his armor did not save him in the end.
1 Samuel 17:54 And David took the head of the Philistine and brought it to Jerusalem, but he put his armor in his tent.
Look back at the description of Goliath’s armor early in chapter 17, its impressive. This was one scary dude and he was incredibly well-armed. But what did all that armor do for him in the end? One well slung stone and he was down. Just remember that Satan and all his forces were well armed, but Jesus disarmed them all making a public spectacle of him. If you look at Satan all all his forces have done, you would think no one could defeat them, but Jesus conquered them all through the cross.
The enemy seems so powerful and so strong and so impossible to overcome, but their armor is taken away in Christ. Wear the Lord’s armor (Ephesians 6:10-20) like David did.
1 John 4:4 – Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.