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Slaying Goliath

David slays Goliath. One of the very favorite Sunday school stories for kids. I am sure there were some great flannel graphs for this. What kid wouldn't want to hear a story of a young lad killing a giant with a sling shot?! I did not go to church when I was young but even I had heard the story.

Now, as an adult, having read through the book of 1 Samuel a few times (it is a fav), I read through that story and think its great, yeah but the other night I was reading and other aspects of the story really hit me. In chapter 16 the Lord tells Samuel to go to Bethlehem, that he has chosen one of Jesse's sons to be king over Israel. Samuel looks at the oldest and thinks he is the one but then the Lord says in verse 7, "Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart."

Now David was the youngest of Jesse's sons and a shepherd. The Philistines were taunting Israel and wanted to do battle. They chose Goliath, who was close to 7 feet tall and a giant of a man. Their challenge was for a man from Israel to fight Goliath. Whoever loses becomes the other country's slaves. No one thought they could beat Goliath and they were afraid. When David hears the challenge, he wastes no time. He goes to Saul and tells him he will fight Goliath. David says in 17:37, "The Lord who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, He will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine." Of course everyone thought it was crazy, this kid trying to kill a giant. But David does not back down. Verses 45-46, "...but I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel whom you have taunted. This day the Lord will deliver you up into my hands, and I will strike you down...".

He does not waver, he grabs his slingshot and a stone from his bag, slings it and hits the giant in the head. He instantly dies.

Wow! Such confidence. Such boldness for God. I would love to have a tenth of this. We know that David struggles at times with his walk like we all do but he always gives praise to God. And I believe that David, being a man after God's own heart, is a reflection of him always returning to God. He communes with Him, he knows Him. All through the Psalms David cries out to God and bares his soul. The same youth who stood up for God with his slingshot to kill Goliath continually talks to God. He puts his confidence in Him.

We all have our Goliath's, don't we? I know I do. This is a great story to encourage our hearts and remind us of God's power and that we can put our confidence in Him.


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