1 Samuel 17:32, 33 – Then David said to Saul, “Let no man’s heart fail because of him; your servant will go forth and fight with this Philistine,” (Verse 33) and Saul said to David, “You are not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him; for you are but a youth and he a man of war from his youth.”
Then David began to tell Saul that if God delivered him from the mouth of the lion and the paw of a bear, then He would deliver him from the hand of this Philistine (Verse 34-37).
Too often, we remember all the failures and defeats in our lives when faced with a new challenge. We rehearse them over and over in our minds. Then we start to doubt if God will help us, this time. That’s exactly what the enemy wants us to do. What takes up the most room in our thoughts will come out of our mouths.
Are we not to focus on the victories that have come and speak forth our faith, “If God delivered me then, He will do it again.” Faith is an action; it has to be spoken “Out Loud!” That’s what David told Saul. “God delivered me then, He’ll do it again.
David convinced Saul that because God was with him he couldn’t be defeated. All righty then, Saul will dress David for battle. Saul brings out all his armor, shield, and sword and dresses David, and David can’t even walk in it.
What works for one person may not necessarily work for someone else. You can’t change who God has created you to be. He creates each one of us in a unique way for that particular battle. For instance, not everyone is on the same level of faith. Some have courage to do battle for anything that steps into their life. Another may try to use the same process from someone else’s experience and get a different result. That’s why it’s up to each individual to get close to God and see what will work for them.
So David takes that mess off.
1 Samuel 17:40 – Then he took his staff in his hand; and he chose for himself five smooth stones from the brook, and put them in a shepherds bag, in a pouch which he had, and his sling was in his hand. And he drew near to the Philistine.
David had all the odds against him. Here’s the beautiful way God operates: You don’t have to be the smartest in the bunch; you don’t have to be the strongest; and you certainly don’t have to be the best looking. God just wants you to be willing to stand on your faith and trust Him. God honors our faith in Him. When you stand, in faith and integrity, God does the “Battle.” It’s the Lord who gives us strength to go headfirst into a storm, but He goes before us! The Bible tells us to not discredit small beginnings. We have no idea how or when God is going to use willing people, so don’t click them off your list of possibilities. The same goes for us, individually.
There is not going to be much of a battle, we soon see. David announces his victory before he does anything. We are to do the same. Believe in your heart when you pray and then thank God for the victory, before you ever see the result—faith, calling those things which be not, as though they were.
1 Samuel 17:41-46 – So the Philistine came, and began drawing near to David, and the man who bore the shield went before him. (Verse 42) And when the Philistine looked about and saw David, he disdained him; for he was but a youth, ruddy and good-looking. (Verse 43) So the Philistine said to David, “Am I a dog that you come to me with a stick?” And the Philistine cursed David by his gods. (Verse 44) And the Philistine said to David, “Come to me, and I will give your flesh to the birds of the air and the beasts of the field!” (Then David lets it rip!) (Verse 45) Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword, 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. (Verse 46) This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you and take your head from you. And this day I will give the carcasses of the camp of the Philistines to the birds of the air and the wild beast of the earth, that the earth may know that there is a God in Israel.”
WOW! That was a mouth full.
Intimidation will sometimes be our greatest battle. However, David stood his ground and gave it right back to Goliath. When we get intimidated, we get confused. We start concentrating on the situation and forget to pray or even, what to say. But David was in no way intimidated. His eyes were on the Lord. David knew no weapon was powerful enough to defeat the “Living God!” He also knew it was the Lords battle, not his
We don’t have to defend ourselves; the battle belongs to the Lord.
1 Samuel 17:49, 50 – Then David put his hand in his bag and took out a stone; and he slung it and struck the Philistine in his forehead, so that the stone sank into his forehead, and he fell on his face to the earth. (Verse 50) So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone, and struck the Philistine and killed him. But there was no sword in the hand of David.
After this David walks over to Goliath removes his sword and cuts his head off. David then takes the head to Jerusalem.
Meanwhile, Saul, Mr. Coward King, asks his commander of the army, “Whose son is this youth?” Then his commander of the army answers, I do not know (Verse 55).” Then when David has the head of the Philistine, he is brought before king Saul and Saul asks “Whose son are you?”
What’s odd is that Saul doesn’t recognize David as the one who has been coming before him to play his harp when the evil spirit comes on Saul. He was there many times.
Does that instance tell us that when people are not in their right mind, that they won’t remember later the person who tries to comfort them? I don’t know, but it’s something to think about. The only similar instance I can recall where this happened to me was when I was teaching and praying with someone for a time, and then out of nowhere they turned on me and wanted me out of their sight. They said I made them feel stupid. They literally acted as if another spirit possessed them. That made me think they hadn’t truly come to the Lord. They had only been going through the motions to appear in front of other Christians that they were genuine.
It was all superficial, because when you are truly born again, another spirit cannot move in that is not God’s Spirit.