“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. 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 beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel.’” 1 Samuel 17:45–46
As David walked onto the field to do battle with Goliath he was literally the only person in two armies that believed that God could defeat the Philistine champion. Everything that happened there in the Valley Of Elah that day demonstrates the truth of that statement.
It’s obvious that the Philistines trusted in their champion; they were so confident they were willing to pledge their own freedom on the outcome of the battle.
There are several evidences demonstrating the truth of the statement as regards to the Jewish soldiers as well. First, they had endured forty days of Goliath’s blasphemous insults without anyone standing up to put a stop to it. Second, when David arrived and angrily question them regarding the kings reward for the one who defeated Goliath they could recite the particulars of the reward but no one was willing to claim it. Third, when David called to see Saul, Saul’s response to his declaration that there was no need to fear, he would fight Goliath, Saul said, “You are not able to go…”
But David was confident that the same God that had given him the courage and strength to defeat the lion and the bear would also give him victory over Goliath.
It’s significant that in everything David said that day he never once refers to Goliath as a giant. To him Goliath is merely an insolent Philistine that has dared to mock and blaspheme God, and who will now have to face the wrath of God for his presumptuous daring.
David’s own words to Goliath that day tell us where he was placing his trust. A stone filled sling may have been in his hand but this was not where he was looking for victory. “…I come to you in the name of the Lord…”
Where do you put your trust when it comes to the battles you fight? If you’re sick you may avail yourself of doctors, and medicine, and medical procedures but do you trust those or are you trusting in God? Your family or marriage may be falling apart and you may be going to seminars or counselors as part of facing that crisis but do you trust in the counselors or are you trusting in God? Your finances may be in a free fall with financial ruin rapid approaching and you may be going to loan officers, debt consolidators, and financial planners as part of your efforts to find a solution but are your trusting in them or are you trust God?
Friends, David had a sling and a stone in his hand and he used them against Goliath but his trust was still in God and it was God that gave him the victory. As you face your personal battles do what you can but don’t trust in what you can do to save the day. Trust in the name of the Lord. He is mighty to save.