“Don’t worry about a thing,” David told him. “I’ll take care of this Philistine!”
“Don’t be ridiculous!” Saul replied. “How can a kid like you fight with a man like him? You are only a boy, and he has been in the army since he was a boy!” (1Sam 17:32, 33, LB)
Rejected by his jealous older brother, David is summoned by no other man than Saul. Like the rest of his army, the king was also terrified. He was probably searching for any ray of hope in an impossible situation. Hearing that there was a man around who was not afraid to confront the giant, he sent for David to come. But seeing the young shepherd, his first reaction was disappointment, quickly followed by doubt. Just like Goliath later, he calls David ‘a kid, a boy’. Both by size and by age, David was not a match for the giant.
Obviously, Saul is not a man of faith. He is blind to the presence of God in David’s life. He is a man of the flesh, full of fear, doubt and inferiority complex. To him, David looks too young and too small for such a confrontation. He interviews David about his past experience as a soldier. Confronted with royal doubts, ‘the kid’ overcomes them with a great confession of faith. This is the moment when David’s hidden testimony as a friend of God shines in all its glory. The young man who wrote ‘The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want…” calmly stands before King Saul. The true royal heavenly anointing glitters on the head of David…Without fear for his life or desire for any reward, he speaks (I paraphrase):
‘It is true your majesty, that I do not have any experience as a regular soldier. I did not kill any man. But I am not a novice in the battle field. God is my witness! I am a shepherd and I love my sheep. I know each one of them by name. I am ready to lay down my life for my sheep. I had to fight in the wilderness with wild animals who wanted to kill my flock. God is always by my side and each time He gave me the victory. I have killed lions and bears, wild beasts that are stronger than men. This pagan giant insults the name of my God, and threatens to kill God’s flock. For that reason alone, He has to die. The same God, who delivered me then, shall deliver me now. I am sure! Don’t worry your majesty, I will kill him!”
Half convinced, and in the absence of any other contender for the position of a national hero, Saul agrees to give David a chance. The last thing he does before the battle, he offers his armor to David. It is possible that Saul’s trust was in his armor. But the king was a head taller than all the men in Israel, so his armor was surely too big for David. Possibly, he wanted to look like a loving protecting father. If David by any chance defeats the giant, he will later patronize him. As a father and a son, or as the mentor relates to his student, Saul wanted to take some glory, in case of an unexpected victory against the giant. Not long after this day, Saul proves to be a wicked, jealous, petty and foolish man. Not only Goliath, but later, even Saul will lose his head and his crown to this ‘kid’.
Dear friend, may you be encouraged today to stand for God, to be jealous for His Name, to redeem all opportunities to glorify Him forever! If God is on your side, as he was with David, no giant will be too big for you! Sickness and oppression have to bow at the name of Jesus! Why are you satisfied with just surviving? Why do you doubt and ‘play safe’? Only faith in God is safe! Be a hero! Be a champion for Christ! Be an inspiration to other young people! Answer God’s call! Come out from your comfort zone! Try something new! Fulfill your destiny!
In Christ I declare:
I reject all doubts!
I trust in God and in His Word!
I shall not look at the size of any ‘giant’ but I shall look unto Jesus, who is the Author and Finisher of my faith!
I shall defeat all opposition in my path to glorify God!
My testimony of healing and deliverance shall inspire many!
To the glory of God!
In Jesus name