Battle is the Lord’s”
was a young shepherd. The Bible doesn’t tell us how old, it simply refers to
him as a “youth.” He was the king’s musician, and had already been anointed by
Samuel to be the future king of Israel. By God’s hand he had killed a lion and
a bear, but this young man was about to come up against the greatest opponent
he had ever faced.
By our standards
this enemy was over nine feet tall. His armor weighed 150lbs. His spearhead
alone weighed twenty pounds. We are (of course) speaking of David and the
Philistine warrior Goliath. This is a familiar story to Christian and
non-Christian alike, yet far too often we “put it on the back shelf” with Bible
stories that we reserve for children and fail to see the powerful message it
tells all who would seek life. You see David was coming face to face with a
giant, who by the world’s standards could not be defeated, but through faith in
God—he found the power!
What are the
giants in your life? Maybe it’s a physical hardship. Perhaps it’s an
illness. Maybe there is something about a relationship you have that is not
what it should be. Maybe you are going through a financial or emotional
difficulty. Or maybe you face a spiritual giant, that involves a temptation you
need to overcome, or a doubt you need to conquer. Or perhaps it is simply that
your life is without purpose, hope, value, or meaning. This morning I would
life for us to look at seven lessons from David’s encounter with Goliath that
can offer us encouragement to overcome the giants in our lives.
be discouraged when the enemy seems overpowering
Sam. 17:1-11). A nine foot warrior threatening the army of Israel would have
been a pretty intimidating thing. But there was more to David than you could
see with the eyes.
Judges the Heart (1 Sam. 16:1-13). Out of all the sons of Jesse, God had
chosen David—the youngest of eight brothers!
Narrow Way (Matt. 7:13-14). In Christ we must recognize that we are called to a
life that by appearances may not seem too impressive, but in truth it is the
way to eternal life.
Don’t allow the enemy to speak evil of God
Sam. 17:22-26). It upset David that Goliath spoke this way. By speaking against
the people of God he was speaking against God.
name blasphemed (Rom. 2:17-24). It should bother us when people speak against
God and His people. What should bother us even more is when our behavior and
hypocrisy causes the name of God to be blasphemed by those in the world.
be turned by those who would sway you (1
Sam. 17:28-32). David’s brother assumed the worst about him and tried to
of those who practice them (Rom. 1:28-32). In Christ those around us will not
only discourage righteousness but approve of wickedness.
think it strange” (1 Pet. 4:3-5; Prov. 14:19). What an
upside down world it can often become. People will approve of what is wrong and
discourage doing right because they “think it strange.”
evil is overcome by small, simple things of God
Sam. 17:33-37). It would not be a massive opponent that would face Goliath. It
would not be a hardened, battle tried warrior—it would be a young shepherd with
faith in God.
wisdom of God (1 Cor. 1:18-29). The Gospel appears to our world as foolishness,
but it is the small, humble, simple, power of God unto salvation.
Be certain to wear your armor
Sam. 17:38-40). Whether it was because Saul’s armor was too big, or simply that
David had not “tested” or used them in battle, David couldn’t use the best
armor in the camp. What he needed was five smooth stones!
armor of God (Eph 6:10-17). As Christians we need to make certain that we face
our giants with the right armor. It is not worldly armor, but the spiritual
armor of God.
God’s power, have confidence in the face of evil
Sam. 17:41-47). In spite of the accusation that David’s brother made about his
motives, from all that we can see, David appears to have been humbly aware that
any power he had was because of God.
power of the gospel (Rom. 1:16). In Christ we can’t defeat a single giant
alone. But through the Gospel God has given us all that we need to prevail.
from evil (2 Pet. 2:4-9). Just as God has delivered people in the past, He can
deliver us if we will only submit to His will.
that the enemy runs from victory (1 Sam. 17:48-54). I
imagine that you could have heard a pin drop in that Philistine camp when their
mighty warrior fell to the ground and that young shepherd took his head from
him. When that happened all their defiance failed and they ran.
the devil and he will flee from you (James 4:7-10). The Bible promises that
when we resist Satan there is some sense in which he flees from us. That
doesn’t mean we’ll never have another battle, but Satan is a coward—he runs
from the victorious in Christ.