45 David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. 46 This day the Lord will deliver you into my hands, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. This very day I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds and the wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. 47 All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.”
48 As the Philistine moved closer to attack him, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet him. 49 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.
50 So David triumphed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone; without a sword in his hand he struck down the Philistine and killed him.
Most people have heard the story of David and Goliath. Young David is courageous and meets the giant Goliath in one-on-one battle. David triumphs despite his youth and inexperience, because he comes in the name of the Lord. David is the true underdog. No one expected him to win. Saul tried to give David a fighting chance by offering David his armor, but David took them off again because they were unfamiliar to him. Instead he used his everyday tools, five smooth stones and his slingshot.
There are so many applications of this story that are still useful today. It’s not the size of the problem in front of us that matters. What counts is our faith in God, who is bigger than any conflict we face. David could not be effective trying on Saul’s armor. It may have been effective for Saul, but not David. David had to use his own resources, the skills that God had given him in caring for his sheep.
Most importantly for me is that David knew that this conflict was all about giving God the glory. He couldn’t be afraid, because to back down would be to admit that God was not in charge. God was not powerful enough against his enemy. David knew that he had to win, to give praise to God. He did not fight to receive accolades for himself, only for God. That’s the kind of request that God honors. That’s the odds God likes. Put it in God’s hands and trust him to meet your foes.
Lord, help me meet the challenges ahead of me with a right motivation – to succeed for your sake, not mine. It’s not about my personal glory but it is all about giving it to you. No matter what is happening in my life today, let me give you the praise in Jesus Christ my savior. Amen.