MUSINGS – July 03 2018


1 Samuel 17:4-8
“The Philistine army’s champion came out of their camp. His name was Goliath from Gath. He was ten feet tall. He had a bronze helmet on his head, and he wore a bronze coat of armor scales weighing 125 pounds. On his legs he had bronze shin guards and on his back a bronze javelin. The shaft of his spear was like the beam used by weavers. The head of his spear was made of 15 pounds of iron. The man who carried his shield walked ahead of him.
Goliath stood and called to the Israelites, “Why do you form a battle line? Am I not a Philistine, and aren’t you Saul’s servants? Choose a man, and let him come down to fight me.

1 Samuel 17:38-40
Saul put his battle tunic on David; he put a bronze helmet on David’s head and dressed him in armor. David fastened Saul’s sword over his clothes and tried to walk, but he had never practiced doing this. “I can’t walk in these things,” David told Saul. “I’ve never had any practice doing this.”
So David took all those things off. He took his stick with him, picked out five smooth stones from the riverbed, and put them in his shepherd’s bag. With a sling in his hand, he approached the Philistine.”

At first glance it looks like all the odds are stacked in Goliath’s favor.

  • He’s a huge man.
  • He had trained for war all his life.
  • He had all of the Implements of war.
  • He had protection.

David seemingly had none of that. He had his shepherds stick, five stones, and a sling. David could never have survived going mano-a-mano with Goliath. However, David intended to go hand to hand combat. From a distance he let loose with a stone that struck and killed the giant.

David had one other thing that Goliath lacked, God.

1 Samuel 17:45-46
David told the Philistine, “You come to me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come to you in the name of the LORD of Armies, the God of the army of Israel, whom you have insulted. Today the LORD will hand you over to me. I will strike you down and cut off your head. And this day I will give the dead bodies of the Philistine army to the birds and the wild animals. The whole world will know that Israel has a God.

Whatever battle you are facing, seek first God’s favor. Them let him fight it for you.
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