“And the Philistine said, ‘I defy the ranks of Israel this day. Give me a man, that we may fight together.’ When Saul and all Israel heard these words of the Philistine, they were dismayed and greatly afraid. All the men of Israel, when they saw the man, fled from him and were much afraid… And the men of Israel said, ‘Have you seen this man who has come up? Surely he has come up to defy Israel.’ And David said to the men who stood by him, ‘Who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?'” 1 Samuel 17:10-11,25-26
When the Philistines gathered their armies for battle, their 9’9″ champion, Goliath, clad in 125 pounds of bronze armor, came forth to taunt Israel. His appearance alone would have been enough to shake them, but his booming challenge defying Israel’s troops left them quaking in fear.
Enter David, youngest of 8 brothers, bearing a care package from home, sent by his father to check on his brothers who served in Saul’s army. He saw Goliath differently– as one defying the armies of the living God. He offered to go fight him, and King Saul gave reluctant permission after David explained his perspective: “Your servant used to keep sheep for his father. Your servant has struck down both lions and bears, and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be like one of them, for he has defied the armies of the living God. The Lord who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.” What a difference seeing things through God’s lens makes! What Israel saw with trepidation as a formidable giant that was impossible to conquer, David saw with confidence as a mere leaf that would shake in God’s mighty wind.
David lived on a vertical plane with his God, and it affected his every earthly endeavor. He took his sling and stones and boldly faced Goliath. “You come to me with a sword and with a spear and with a javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel, and that all this assembly may know that the Lord saves not with sword and spear. For the battle is the Lord‘s, and he will give you into our hand.” He ran quickly toward him, slung a stone into his forehead, and prevailed. Frantic at their champion’s death, the Philistine armies scattered, their camp was plundered, and Goliath’s head was brought to Jerusalem.
Lord, help me see all of life with spiritual eyes. The world’s onslaught of lies are attacks on Your truth, the hurts I bear are borne by You, the challenges I face are designed by You, the longings of my soul are satisfied in You, my struggle with sin has been defeated by You, the insight I need is given by You. The battle, and the blessings, are Yours.