The young man walked out of the trench toward the opposing army. He was alone but walked resolute.
Men from the front line behind him talked among themselves. “Who is that?” “His name is David, I think. He played the harp for King Saul.” “Does the king know he is going to meet Goliath?”, “I saw him trying on the king’s armor.”
Among the onlookers was King Saul. His face a mixture of apprehension and anticipation. For 40 days, he heard this giant, Goliath, calling out a champion to meet him on the field of battle to decide the fate of their people. Whoever won this battle, his people would conquer and take the losing people as servants.
Goliath was a giant though, and no one among the Israelites wanted to face him. King Saul was a large man, head and shoulders above most of Israel. Wasn’t he a battle tested warrior? Yes, but he was afraid of Goliath too.
David stopped. Goliath laughed to see that a young man had come to meet his challenge. Not only did he look young, but he had on no armor, so he looked more like a page or servant than a warrior.
“Am I a dog, that thou comest to me with staves?” Goliath bellowed his insult so the Israelites could hear. And then Goliath cursed David by his gods. “Come to me, and I will give thy flesh unto the fowls of the air, and to the beasts of the field.”
But David knew a thing or two about the beasts of the field. He had already beaten a lion and a bear, truly fierce animals with killer instincts. All he had then was his sling.
David yelled back to Goliath, so the Philistine army could hear him too. “Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear and with a shield: But I come to thee in the name of the Lord of Hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied.”
He told them that their bodies would be fed to the beasts so that all the earth would know there is a God in Israel. It was the Lord’s battle, and it would be the Lord’s victory.
Then David ran to meet Goliath!
He took a stone and his sling and let loose a shot that struck Goliath between the eyes. The Giant fell. Then hefting Goliath’s sword, he relieved the body of its offensive head.
Inspired by the miracle, the Israelites charged the battle field to finish off the Philistines. Dismayed by the loss of their giant, the Philistines ran away.
Saul thought David was too young, Goliath thought he was a child, but when David was recommended to Saul’s service as a musician he was described as “a mighty valiant man, and a man of war, and prudent in matters, and a comely person, and the Lord is with him.”
Many times when you set a goal, especially when it’s something difficult or out of the ordinary, friends and foes will point out what will keep you from accomplishing your vision. “You’re too young, you’re too old, you’re too shy, you’ve never done that before.” They may be meaning well, but that’s when you have to stand on your own feet and decide if you will pursue your dream or wait for another opportunity.
I imagine when David walked out on the battle field, he was perfectly aware that he was vulnerable to Goliath’s spear and sword. He knew no one from the Israelite Army was going to come and help him. But we see by his running to meet Goliath that he knew God would help him and his best bet was to strike first. He had 5 stones, Goliath had one spear. David would fight until Goliath was down, just as he had done with the bear and the lion.
What opportunity is in front of you that might be intimidating? Charge after it! Go get it! Run to meet the opposition because striking first might be your best option.
References: (Holy Bible: King James Version) 1 Samuel 16: 18 – 17:52