You may think that i like David (of David and Goliath) because he’s a God-fearing, harp-playing songwriter living in the fields, who also killed a lion with his bare hands. And you’re right! (“Mother may I?”)
However … I’m also totally blown away by how the man portrays Jesus!
1 Samuel 17 tells the story of a giant, Goliath who was about 9 feet tall, and David, a young boy who was brave enough to take him on, and ended up killing him with a simple sling and stone. But there is so much more that we can take from this story!
David was the only guy who was brave enough to fight this pain-in-the-a** giant! Saul (the king) gave him his own tunic, dressed him in armour and even gave him a sword, but David wasn’t used to wearing it all, so he took it off and gave it back.
Jesus, too, was clothed in royalty! A servant of a King! However, He stripped himself of His glory and special privileges in order to be human. The only one, able to take on the sins of the world. As a man, but with the power of God.(Phil 2:7)
David got smooth stones from the stream, and approached Goliath with his staff and a sling.
Goliath said to him: “Am I a dog that you approach me with sticks?” David replied: “… I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.”
David wasn’t confused about God. He knew God’s power and he knew God’s role. He also knew that he walked in favour, after all he convinced Saul to let him fight Goliath by saying “The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine.” David was sure alright! He knew exactly who he was with God on his side … He fought Goliath as a young man, but with the power of God.
Just like David, we draw what we need from the stream of Living Water which is Christ (John 4:10)
And we may think that we need all these big ‘things’ to defeat our enemies or help us with our problems… armour and swords and shields and special tunics from fancy places, even money or religion … when in reality, the thing that is going to help us to face our giants is something so simple! So small!
Matthew 17:20 “Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”
Because of Christ we can strip off all the stuff of the world. We can walk in favour and courageously stand to face our giants, as mere men and women, but with the power and Spirit of God.