This is such a great account of victory, but I’d like to share a different approach to this story that you may not have considered.
Taking a moment to recap the familiar story of David slaying the giant Goliath with a slingshot and a stone. 1 Samuel 17.
Was it the stone?
Young David, delivering food to the army of Israel went to the battle line to check on his brothers. He saw Goliath, a huge man carrying a sword and dressed in full armor of bronze. David heard Goliath’s challenge to fight and reported to Saul that he would go fight for Israel.
Was Saul seeing things? David was young and smaller in stature. Saul briefly waited, but no one else offered. Saul told David “Go, and the Lord be with you” and then figured he’d better dress David in his armor and helmet. The traditional battle armor and helmet were heavy and cumbersome for David.
Have you ever tried defeating a giant in your life wearing the battle garments of someone else? It doesn’t work.
David couldn’t move in this armor. He rejected man’s tradition. Off came the armor and on came the insults from Goliath. With contemptuous expression, the Philistines joined the mockery towards David.
What ear-splitting noise arose! Can you hear the continuous jeering from the enemy trying to convince David of failure? Has this happened to you?
Saul and the Israelites waited for the battle to begin. They were hopeful the outcome would not put them in the hands of the enemy.
Notice the progression of the account.
David, looking straight into the eyes of the enemy Goliath exclaimed “You come against me with a sword and spear, but I come against you in the Name of the Lord Almighty. 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.”
(me shouting Amen!)
At that point, David saw the supernatural supply of God. He found how powerful the Spirit of God is as he confessed his relationship with his loving, providing, protecting God in a loud, clear voice for Goliath and all the Philistines to hear.
David took his slingshot, loaded the stone he found and struck Goliath in the forehead. Taking Goliath’s own sword, David killed the giant. Goliath’s cohorts ran in astonishment and fear.
Was it the stone?
Some explanations say David chose five stones in order to be prepared in case the first, or subsequent stones did not kill the enemy. I’m wondering, would he have had time to reload?
Some say one stone from the Elah Brook can be heavy enough to kill at high velocity. Maybe so, but was it the stone that brought the victory?
There is much symbolism in this account. I believe all victory comes out of God’s grace. Because of His grace, David’s confession crippled the circumstances brought on by the enemy before they could lay a curse on him. David confessed the Name of the Lord and it brought down the principality that was behind the giant.
Ephesians 6:12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against powers, against the rulers of darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
Goliath was defeated and destroyed before the stone ever left David’s hand.
The stone was energized by David confessing the Greater Name. The Name above all names!
The stone was the outward manifestation of David’s faith. I’m convinced that David could have ripped a tiny piece of his own clothing off (or used a paper airplane if he knew how to make one), sent it flying and achieved the same result.
Have you, or are you facing giants of doubt, fear, finances, health, family situations or depression? We confess the victory before it takes place when we declare the Word of God. Not the stone, but the confession of Whose we are defeats the enemy.
1 John 4:4 You dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the One who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.
1 Corinthians 15:57 But thanks be to God who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.