David the Giant Slayer
In my last post, I wrote about Caleb. He’s 85-years old and still slaying giants by being wholeheartedly committed to God.
In this post I want to take a look at another famous slayer of giants—David. Unlike Caleb, David is just a boy, but five hundred years later, he’s fearless in his approach to a huge giant that was standing between him and the will of God for him and his people.
Did you know that David was from the same tribe as Caleb? They both were of the tribe of Judah. I’m sure this gave David tremendous confidence because he knew he had giant-slaying blood running in his veins. Do you know something? SO DO WE! We have giant-slaying blood in our veins as well because we have the royal blood of the Lord Jesus Christ flowing through them to help us whip any giant that stands in the way of the will of God in our lives. Remember that the next time you’re facing a giant.
Goliath was huge. He was somewhere near ten feet tall. His armor weighed 125 pounds! The spearhead on his javelin weighed 15 pounds and some feel it’s shaft was 26 feet long. Now, that’s a giant with some giant-sized fighting equipment.
Goliath mocks God and the people for forty days. Israel, Scripture says, was “Dreadfully afraid.” Young David comes to camp to deliver groceries because his dad sent him to bring some cheese to his brothers. He hears Goliath mocking and he realizes Israel’s fear but David, like Caleb, has a different spirit. He doesn’t have the common spirit that just stood there paralyzed in fear doing nothing against the giant. He had a different spirit.
David knows, deeply in his heart, who God is. He knew that God is THE living God, and the captain of the host.
David knows who he is. His different spirit grew out of knowing what the Apostle Peter would write much later, “But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy. (1 Peter 2:9-10)”
David knows who Goliath is. He knows this man is nothing but an uncircumcised Philistine and that he, David, is the covenant child of God.
When we face our giants it’s important that we know who God is, who we are, in Christ and also that the giant is really just an “uncircumcised Philistine.” When we stack up who God is and what He’s done for us against any giant, we have the confidence to know that God will help us prevail EVERY TIME, just as he did for David and Caleb.
Friend, you have a choice: You can battle your giants on your own power, run from your giants, allow your giants to paralyze you, or turn your giants over to God, and let Him overcome them…it’s your choice.