It’s a story we’ve heard a million times, we’ve read it to our children, rehearsed it over and over in Sunday school, talked about it in study groups and heard sermons on it, but friends, this scenario is real and it’s being played out in countless ways, all over the world in believer’s lives today.
David had an anointing upon his life, a real, live one with oil and everything. He was picked out from seven other strapping young men, all older than him, with more life experience, more authority, probably more favor. Men, who by outside appearances could certainly be next to ascend the throne as Israel’s king–but you know who God’s spirit picked–the kid, the boy from the desert who, in his brother’s words, “tended a few sheep. “
But God chose him.
And God chooses us and give us His power through his anointing Holy Spirit.
We all know the set up:
Philistines on one side of the valley, Israelites on the other.
Every day their biggest, baddest, coolest, most intimidating and accomplished soldier, Goliath, came to taunt them.
Every day. For 40 days.
Enough to give anyone a stomach ulcer.
Your tormentors aren’t going to relent either. They are going to do anything in their power to intimidate you: threaten you, demean you, call in their reinforcements. But you are going to have to stand your ground and do what David did:
1) Remember God’s anointing. (I Sam. 16:12)
2) Know who you’re facing: “Who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of the living God?”(17:26)
3) Remember that he has prepared you for this very moment in time, you have slain your lions and your bears, you have seen your victories in your past. (17: 34-37)
4) You are going to have to shed off the “armor” that other people are going to try to put on you: your lawyers, your doctors, your specialists, your accountants, your wealth, your status, your know-how. (17:38-39)
This is the Lord’s Battle And Nothing Else
The Lord, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and NO ONE ELSE
5) Arm yourself with what you know, five smooth stones, this is how you defeated your enemies before? This is how you will do it again. (17:40)
6) Whatever they say. Don’t. Back. Down. (17:41-44)
7) Speak the name of the Lord (17:45):
David said to the Philistine, “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 defiled. This day the Lord will hand you over to me, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. Today I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds of the air and the beasts of the earth, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s and he will give all of you into our hands.
8) Approach the battle line with boldness (17:48)
9) Do what you’ve got to do: sling that stone (17:49-50)
The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell facedown 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.