After God’s Own Heart

There’s Always Somebody Taller (1 Samuel 17)

Israel put their strength in King Saul the tall until Goliath the taller came around.  In the battle against a giant, never forget the greater story of which we are a part.

Disclaimer: The story of David and Goliath is not about how you need to be brave regarding your overwhelming circumstances.

Fearful Soldiers

  • What we fear the most is what we trust the most (1 Sam. 17:4-11).
  • Failure to address our fear only enables our enemy to draw closer (1 Sam. 17:8, 25).

Fearless Shepherd

  • The 41st day of the battle was a turning point not because the threat had changed but because of who heard it (1 Sam. 17:16, 23).
  • David was fearless even though:
    • his brother told him he was inexperienced (1 Sam. 17:28),
    • Saul told him he was incapable (1 Sam. 17:33),
    • and Goliath told him he was insignificant (1 Sam. 17:43).

Faithful Savior

  • David understood that God had delivered him in the past to prepare him for the challenges in the future (1 Sam. 17:34-37).
  • You need not rely on the armor of men when you are clothed in the armor of God (1 Sam. 17:38-40; cf. Eph. 6:10-17).
  • David fought Goliath not for the glory of himself, his king, or his country.
  • David fought Goliath so that the glory of God would be known in all the earth (1 Sam. 17:45-47).
  • Jesus is the greater David who defeated the greater giant.