It is indeed an understatement to say we can learn much from this battle. So let’s pause and reflect and ask one question: Why is this story in the Bible? Out of all the wars, all the encounters, all the crazy adventures David was a part of, why this one? I’ve got 3 reasons:
First, this story exists to show that God sees not as man sees. David was anointed as King because 1 Samuel 16:7 says, “For the Lord sees not as man sees, man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” Jesse, Samuel, David’s brothers, the men of Israel, Saul, and Goliath laughed at, looked down upon, and mocked David because from the appearance of things he was nothing special. Clearly, God sees differently than man sees, and what man can’t see past, God sees. How many of you have felt or feel like David? Laughed at, looked down upon, and mocked because from the way things appear, you don’t look like anything special. Most of us feel like this at certain times in life. You know Jesus felt like this? In a prophecy about Jesus (Isaiah 53:2) says there was nothing about Jesus that would have drawn us to him, no beauty that we should desire him above others. Jesus knew what it felt like to be overlooked and mocked, but Jesus knew his identity came from one place alone, His Father. David was anointed king as a teenager, and became king 20-25 years later! Talk about overlooked! This teaches us that God’s plan for David was better than Jesse’s plan for David, or Samuel’s plan for David, or Saul’s plan for David, probably even David’s plan for David. Man often overlooks what God takes great pleasure in. There’s a rest that comes to the heart when you know that God’s opinion of you is really the only one that matters and that tour future is secure in Gods hands, not left alone in mans hands. For some of you this is easy to believe, while others of you this is a hard pill to swallow. I personally tend to go back and forth with this, finding it easier in some seasons than others to accept the sovereign plan of God for my life. But one thing remains true, I know Him, and when I cannot see His hand, I can trust His heart. Trust Him.
Second, this story exists to show what being bold for the glory of God looks like. David wasn’t firstly concerned with Goliath. He was concerned about God! God’s reputation was being put to task, the glory of God was being defamed, and David felt it. Every response David makes about Goliath or to Goliath He talks about God’s glory. “Saul, how can this Philistine talk about the Lord like this? He must be silenced!” “Goliath, when I kill you and cut off your head, all the earth will know that there is a God in Israel.” When you get to the bottom of it, David did what David did because David loved God! The point of this story of isn’t that little people can do great things if they’ll only try or that strong people can be overcome by weaker people who put their mind to it. No it’s this: the LORD does not save by sword and spear; for the battle is the LORD’S and it’s he who gives the victory. God intentionally sets up situations to put His strength and His might on display, to glorify Himself, to show the nations His might and power, and to show us that we can trust Him, and that nothing is too hard for Him, which increases our love for God, while inspiring us and invigorates us to be bold for the glory of God in our lives!
One last, and more glorious and splendid reason tomorrow.