As the Philistine moved closer to attack him, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet him. Reaching into his bag and taking out a stone, he slung it and struck the Philistine on the forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell facedown on the ground. ~ I Samuel 17:48,49
Did you ever notice that when he faced Goliath, David “ran quickly to the battle line”? The New Living Translation says, “David ran out to meet him.” David didn’t wait for the whistle to blow or for Goliath to make the first move. Because David knew that God was on his side, he made the first move, and dealt a deadly blow before Goliath knew what hit him.
In his very first words recorded in the Bible, David is confident to face Goliath because he recognizes that Goliath is facing “the armies of the living God.” Or, in other words, the armies of the living God are on David’s side.
When David tells Saul that he will stand and fight Goliath, Saul replies, “You are not able to go out against this Philistine and fight him; you are only a boy, and he has been a fighting man from his youth.”
Undeterred, David answers, “The LORD who has delivered me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.”
In trying to gain the right to fight Goliath, David mentions Goliath only twice, and even then seems unphased by his size or abilities, but he mentions “the armies of the living God,” “the living God,” and “the Lord” nine times.
Knowing that the Lord was on his side, with His armies to boot (as though the Lord needs armies), David had the courage to face the giant head-on.
We face giants every day in the form of surly spouses, surly bosses, and mean-spirited co-workers, disappointments over our finances, our children, and our future, loss of courage, loss of self-esteem, loss of health, and the list goes on and on.
When was the last time you ran out to meet your giant, whatever or whomever it is, knowing that the “armies of the living God” are on your side?
If God is for us, who can be against us? (Romans 8:31)
What giant(s) do you need to run toward and defeat in Jesus’ name?
Take a few minutes today to read I Samuel 17. Note David’s courage and confidence, not in himself but in the living God.
Take courage, God has overcome the world! (John 16:33)
Yours for the celebration of life,