David “approaches” Goliath. We then read that Goliath came closer and closer to David. Goliath despises David because he is a youth, healthy and handsome (v. 42). Maybe Goliath was old, sickly, and ugly, but he is outraged that this “dog” has come against him “with sticks”! He then curses David by his gods and says, “Come here and I’ll give your flesh to the birds of the sky and the wild beasts!” (v. 44).
David declares to him that his coming against David with a sword, spear, and javelin is no match for one who comes “in the name of the Lord of Armies, the God of Israel — that you have defiled” (v. 45). David then details how the battle will go — (1) “The Lord will hand you over to me”; (2) “I’ll strike you down”; (3) “I’ll remove your head”; (4) “I’ll give the corpses of the Philistine camp to the birds of the sky and the wild creatures of the earth.” He then says, “Then all the world will know that Israel has a God” (v. 46). And, he says, “this whole assembly will know that it is not by sword or by spear that the Lord saves, for the battle is the Lord’s. He will hand you over to us” (v. 47).
David ran to attack Goliath. One stone, delivered by the sling, did it! David killed the Philistine with a sling and a stone — no sword required! David used Goliath’s own sword to finish the job, cutting off his head. The Philistine army is routed by Israel. (vv. 48-51).
After Israel plundered the Philistine camps, David brought Goliath’s head to Jerusalem and put his weapons in his own tent. Saul inquires about David’s family. Abner brings David, Goliath’s head in hand, to Saul.
Some takeaways for me:
1. I need to realize that “the battle is the Lord’s.” Any battle. This battle. Whatever battle I’m facing — it is the Lord’s!
2. Why we do things is as important as that we do things. For David, it is a godly outrage that Israel’s God has been defiled.
3. Although it only took the one stone to fell Goliath, David had taken five (smooth) stones when he was preparing for battle. Perhaps this suggests a humble assessment of his own skill, but the Lord gave him the victory with the first stone.
4. I’m not involved in literally taking down any 9’9” tall warriors, but my giants are nonetheless real. And I need the Lord’s strength to do the Lord’s work!