The David and Goliath narrative in the Bible has become a literary cliché for battles between adversaries of unequal strength. David is misperceived as the “underdog” being the youngest of his siblings, a sheep herder, and harpist. After all, he was an inexperience boy, not a warrior. (1 Samuel 17:33) David was not even able to wear the armor that Saul had given him. (1 Samuel 17:38-39) Although the Israelites were terrified of Goliath’s tyranny, they criticized David for wanting to take action. However, none of these things discouraged David from moving forward. Wearing a tunic and equipped with his staff, a slingshot, and five smooth stones, David is prepared for battle.
Unlike David, Goliath was a Philistine Champion, an experience warrior. He was a giant standing over nine feet tall. He wore a bronze helmet, a bronze scale armor weighting 125 pounds, bronze greaves for his legs, a bronze javelin on his back, an iron spear weighting over 30 pounds, and a shield. If we compare the physical attributes of these two contenders along with their weaponry, the perception is that David has no chance of defeating Goliath. We know that David triumphs over Goliath with a sling of a stone issuing the fatal blow to the forehead, thus, killing Goliath. We should ask ourselves a question. How was David successful in bringing down the giant?
There are definitely keys to David’s success that we can follow:
- Operating from Our Proper Positions: David know who he was and whose he belonged. He was anointed and concreated for God’s purpose. (1 Samuel 16:1-13)
- Possessing the Right Motives: He had the desire for God to be glorified and for God’s plan to be fulfilled in his life.
- Trusting God: David trusted God completely. (1 Samuel 17:37) Nothing deterred David from moving forward in battle. David knew that the battle was not his but the Lord’s. (1 Samuel 17:47)
- Remember Past Victories: David remember how God protected him in the past. (1 Samuel 17:34-37)
- Surrendering our Talents: When David attempted to use Saul’s armor, David was unfamiliar with it. David used the skills that worked well for him in the past.
The element of perception is vital. The Israelites were intimidated by Goliath due to his statue, weaponry, and experience as a warrior causing them to cower under Goliath’s oppression. David only saw a mortal man mocking God. David knew that he had the favor of God and would be victorious. If we use the keys to David’s success, we will be able to bring down our giants.
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