Fighting Giants

 This morning I  read in I Samuel 17 the account of David’s triumph over a giant Philistine.   Of all the felt-board stories I recall from childhood Sunday School lessons, this one stands out the most.    Who hasn’t heard this tale dozens of times?

 The short version: A giant Philistine named Goliath and his back-up entourage of the entire Philistine army repeatedly mocked the people of God.   Goliath challenged the Israelites to a showdown and a little runt shepherd boy stepped forward to pick up the gauntlet.  Rather than brandish a sword to slay this giant, David selected a sling and a small smooth stone, lodging the rock directly in the forehead of the antagonist, mortally wounding him.  Instantly, David ran to stand atop the giant and employed a sword to lop off his head. 

Was that really necessary?  I mean, the adversary was already dead.  Did David need to further humiliate his opponent’s entire coalition by climbing on the fallen foe and slicing off his head?

 YES!  I think he did.  David’s swift action loudly proclaimed, “Let that be a lesson…” to the remaining enemy forces who immediately fled.

If we listened at all to any Easter sermon a few weeks ago, you & I know our ROCK, Jesus Christ, soundly defeated the enemy.  When Jesus rose from the grave, the lethal stone landed squarely in the face of our adversary.  Still, the enemy’s entourage remains in our day-to-day life threatening to wage war against us should we fail to pick up the Sword of the Spirit and finish off those threats.   

How often do we face battles in our lives…unemployment, marital discord, rebellious teens, health issues, workplace pressures, financial difficulties, loneliness, depression, a quick temper…as if we are helpless to fight?   David’s story offers a lesson to all warriors. 

 Little David’s example beckons modern-day citizens of Christ’s kingdom to run to a crushed combatant.   Engaging the power of our ROCK, Christ in us, we  not only put this enemy under our feet, nor even merely trounce the offender.  We sever his head!  Our place in Christ compels us to daily wield the Sword, the Word of God, as the weapon of our warfare possessing the power to decapitate the wiles of our enemy and send his army running in fear.

“The Battle is the Lord’s…”  {I Samuel 17:47}  True.  Yet truer still, the battle is ALREADY WON!  Calvary secured the victory.  You and I would do well to stop hanging our heads in defeat, to recognize our sure victory against those giants repeatedly mocking us, to begin to live accordingly by the power of the Sword as we issue our own proclamation to forces of evil… “let Calvary and the Resurrection be a lesson to you.”    

THE LORD IS MY ROCK, and my fortress, and my deliverer.” II Samuel 22:2.

“Bow down Thy thine ear to me; deliver me speedily: be Thou my strong ROCK, for a house of defense to save me for Thou art my ROCK and my FORTRESS; therefore for Thy name’s sake lead me, and guide me.” Psalm 31:2,3).   

“He Only is my ROCK and my salvation; He is my defense; I shall not be moved. In GOD is my salvation and my glory: THE ROCK of my strength, and my refuge, is in God. Trust in him at all times, ye people, Pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us.”  Psalm 62:6-8

“…upon this ROCK I will build my Church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”  Matthew 16:18

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2 responses to “Fighting Giants

  1. Thank You! I needed that!

  2. The battle is indeed the Lord’s. Your strength inspires me and I know it’s God-given. What a spunky fighter you are!

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