A champion named Goliath, who was from Gath, came out of the Philistine camp. He was over nine feet tall. He had a bronze helmet on his head and wore a coat of scale armor of bronze weighing five thousand shekels; on his legs he wore bronze greaves, and a bronze javelin was slung on his back. His spear shaft was like a waver’s rod, and its iron point weighed six hundred shekels. His shield bearer went ahead of him.
David said to Saul, “Let no one lose heart on account of this Philistine; your servant will go and fight him.”
Saul replied, “You are not able to go out against this Philistine and fight him; you are only a boy, and he has been fighting men from his youth.”
But David said to Saul, “Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, I went after it, struck it, and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it, and killed it. Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. The Lord who delivered me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.”
Saul said to David, “Go, and the Lord be with you.” Then Saul dressed David in his own tunic. He put a coat of armor on him and a bronze helmet on his head. David fastened on his sword over the tunic and tried walking around, because he was not used to them.
“I cannot go in these,” he said to Saul, “because I am not used to them.” So he took them off. Then he took his staff in his hand, chose five smooth stones from the stream, put them in the pouch of his shepherd’s bag, and, with his sling in hand, approached the Philistine.
Meanwhile, the Philistine, with his shield bearer in front of him, kept coming closer to David. He looked David over and saw that he was only a boy, ruddy and handsome, and he despised him. He said to David, “Am I a dog, that you come at me with sticks?” And the Philistine cursed David by his gods. “Come here,” he said, “and I’ll give your flesh to the birds of the air and the beasts of the field!”
David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with the 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. This day the Lord will hand you over to me, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. Today I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds of the air and the beasts of the field, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. All those gathered here will know that it is not by the sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and He will give all of you into our hands.”
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 deep into his forehead, and he fell facedown on the ground. 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.
~ 1 Samuel 17:4-7, 32-52
Why was David so bold when all the others were afraid? The obvious answer is because he trusted in the Lord. He knew that God was perfectly able to kill Goliath. Goliath looked big to the Israelites, but he was small comopared to the Lord.
David seemed confident in his ability to fight big predators, like lions and bears. He knew he was young, but he also knew that God could use him despite that to accomplish something seemingly impossible, even though he, as a shepherd, was the unlikeliest of people to conquer anyone on a battlefield.
Ephesians 2:10 says that we were created “to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” We were also created in His image ~ what an honor! Just knowing that we’re here for something bigger than ourselves should give you confidence ~ it reminds you that there is hope and a meaning to life. And we are children of God ~ heirs and co-heirs with Jesus. If we stay faithful to God through the hard times, we’ll share in His glory in the days to come, as it says in Romans 8:17.
Knowing that God created you and calls you to honor Him helps you fight your “giants” because He loves you and He knows how everything will turn out. He made you for a specific purpose, which is both exciting and comforting.
One thing I also wanted to mention is that when Goliath saw David, he “despised” him. Just by looking at him, he immediately disliked him. The typical belief is because he expected a big, strong champion, not a little boy, and a good fight. Defeating a champion brings much more glory than defeating a kid.
But maybe that’s not the only reason behind Goliath’s dislike. Perhaps he was jealous of David’s good looks. Since he’s so tall, Goliath must have been painfully large for most of his life, and that may have caused other children to avoid him when he was young. Perhaps they were afraid of him or thought there was something wrong with him. Being shunned can do terrible things to a child’s self-esteem.
“I got something to say. Don’t you ever let anyone tell you that you’re under-bar, second-rate, or inferior. I just saw God do a miracle through you. I just saw giants, eighty-five of them to be exact, fall in defeat. Now you tell me what’s impossible with God. I just watched you and the offense do what they tell me could not be done. How about it? You built that stone wall, didn’t you? And it stood. What’s impossible with God?”
“Are you positive?”
“So am I.”
~ Facing the Giants