PLEASE NO HATE MAIL! THAT IS NOT A SLAM!
It is, however, shameless self-promotion for this post. Seriously, compared to Goliath, David was a dwarf. There. I have now given away the direction of my post and my sermon for Sunday. As I make my way through the life of David, there is no doubt his encounter with Goliath is a major scene. And I suspect that most of you have heard or read it.
Studies by experts far smarter than me that say Goliath was a mammoth individual. He stood somewhere near 9’9″ tall. Add to his height the length of his arms and you have one imposing character. But there’s more!!
He wore a coat of mail, a heavy canvas-like undergarment interlaced with overlapping ringlets of bronze. This coat went from shoulder to knee and weighed 175-200 pounds.
Throw in a bronze helmet and bronze leggings.
He carried a bronze javelin, whose head weighed about 20-25 pounds.
Don’t forget the shield carried by his shield-bearer, which was the size of a full-grown man.
Each day he and the army of the Philistines taunted the army of King Saul and the Israelites. NO ONE would stand up and fight. Then, along comes David, a mere teenager, the “runt” of his father’s litter. And right here is the point of this post and the message for Sunday. Three things David was sure of:
DAVID KNEW HIS ENEMY
Goliath was H-U-G-E! But David didn’t give a rip. He was reviling the God of the Israelites. Goliath might have been a giant, but in David’s eye he was an eyesore. We too need to know our enemy. Check it out here.
DAVID KNEW HIS WEAPON
Saul tried to get him to wear his armor. I gotta admit the picture I get is funny. Adult-sized armor on a child. David said, “No can do. I defended sheep with my staff and my sling. I got all I need.” Check out our weapons here.
DAVID KNEW HIS STRENGTH
They approach each other- Goliath with his shield-bearer and David with his staff, sling, and five smooth stones. The rest of the story is history. But this verse stands out: “Some trust in chariots and some trust in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.” Psalm 20:7. Make your way back one more time here.
We all have giants in our lives. Anger. Temper. Addiction. Weight. Use of time. Feeling inferior. It is different for all of us. But we can also defeat those giants. We just need to remember David’s example.
Would you mind saying a prayer for me and the church I pastor Sunday? Thanks. Now let me ask you, are you dealing with the giants in your life? How do you handle them? Hopefully I have given you some food for thought.