*Today, as usual, I was taking care of my dad’s sheep. Some days are kinda boring, but I have to stay alert so nothing happens to the rascals. The little fellas sometimes wonder off. This afternoon was anything but boring! As I was relaxing in the shade, a bear was out looking for dinner. All of a sudden, the flock scattered and the bear snatched a young lamb! I ran after them while pulling a stone from my pouch. When I got close enough I flung the stone from my slingshot, killed the bear and rescued the scared lamb.
*This seemed like a typical day with the sheep grazing calmly as I serenaded them, until I saw one of my brothers running towards me calling my name. He told me to get home as quickly as possible! By the time I got there, I was a little out of breath and I’m sure my face was flushed. My older brothers and dad were all gathered around another man named Samuel. I didn’t know what was going on! When I got to them, Samuel looked at me, stood up, took a horn of oil and poured it on my head. Immediately I felt different! The Spirit of the Lord came upon me, and the man named Samuel said I’d be the next king! Me, a king? I’m just a boy!
*King Saul hasn’t been feeling very good. How do I know? Because one of his servants told me. I was enjoying the gentle breeze while tending the sheep, and this guy showed up. He told me about Saul and that Saul wanted me to come play my harp for him. It’s not every day a shepherd boy is asked to play his harp for the king!
*King Saul liked my music so much he asked Dad if I could stay and play each day,
*After playing soothing music and the King was resting, I ran out to the grazing field to give my brother a break. It’s kinda tiring going back and forth from the king to the sheep, but Dad still needs my help. A lion crossed the field and snatched a sheep. “I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by the hair, struck it and killed it.”
*Today when I got home, Dad didn’t have me tend the sheep. Instead, he sent me to the army camp my 3 oldest brothers are at. He wanted an update on how the guys were and how the war was progressing. All the men of Israel have been fighting the Philistines for quite some time now.
When I got there, I saw the tallest, biggest, meanest looking man I’ve ever seen! They told me his name was Goliath, a Philistine, and that every day he shouts and taunts the Israelites. In fact, our men ran in fear of him. I couldn’t believe this guy, Goliath, would “defy the armies of the living God”, and that our army-men were all too big of whimps to fight and kill him. So I said to King Saul, “Your servant will go and fight him.”
Saul replied, “You are not able to go out against this Philistine and fight him; you are only a boy, and he has been a fighting man from his youth.”
So I told him about the lion and bear and said, “The LORD who delivered me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.”
So Saul said, “Go, and the LORD be with you.”
Saul wanted me to wear his armor, but it was way too big and heavy. Instead I took my staff, chose five smooth stones from the stream, put them in the pouch of my shepherd’s bag and, with my sling in my hand, approached the Philistine.
When Goliath saw that I was just a boy, he got mad and said, “Am I a dog, that you come at me with sticks?” Then he began cursing me and God.
I said “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the LORD Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.”
As the Philistine moved closer to attack me, I ran quickly toward the battle line to meet him. Reaching into my bag and taking out a stone, I slung it and struck the Philistine on the forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell face-down on the ground.
“So David triumphed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone; without a sword in his hand he struck down the Philistine and killed him.”
What Goliath is stopping you in your tracks of fear?
Go, and the Lord be with you!!
(Read the full account in I Samuel 16 & 17)