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.” (1 Samuel 17:47 NIV)
Part of what makes a contest of such interest is the build up. Two opposing forces about to engage in combat recognise that as much of the battle is mental as it is physical. Some contests have been over before they begin because one party has effectively intimidated and demotivated the other.
The contest between David and Goliath was unfair from the start. Here was this imposing force of supreme confidence in an unbeaten track record capable of taking on all comers taking on this puny Philistine tall guy who wasn’t that different to a lumbering animal in the field that could be dispensed of with the same efficiency. Goliath didn’t stand a chance and didn’t even know it.
For all the cursing and bad mouthing Goliath gave David, it was only egging David on to run to him and give as good as he got in the verbal stakes. David, who you may recall was renowned for being well-spoken, came out all verbal guns ablazing telling Goliath exactly what he was going to do to him. Muhammad Ali must have picked up verbal sparring tips from David. Bearing in mind David didn’t start talking a good fight when he confronted Goliath, he had been talking victory from the time he was aware of the defiant challenge that Goliath had presented. Whether to the soldiers or to King Saul, himself. Such was the confidence David had in his God that this contest was a foregone conclusion and he wasn’t backward in coming forward in making that point to whoever heard.
Those around him who were much older and experienced in warfare were taken up with a view of a mighty man. David was taken up a view of the Almighty in which this man was but a pipsqueak, a nuisance and a blight to be removed. David had no problems in relaying that to Goliath himself.
By the time the big man fell and David used his own sword to chop his head off, the rest of the Israelite troops had caught up with David’s perspective. Just going to show that when someone sees things from a godly perspective and acts in that light it can help others gain confidence in the Almighty. Then once you see things His way, you can even talk to mountains and explain to them that they cannot obstruct or resist the will of the Almighty.
It’s not even about giant-slaying, it’s a matter of perspective.
For His Name’s Sake
C. L. J. Dryden