Facing the Giants

1 Samuel 17:32-50 NLT

32   “Don’t worry about this Philistine,” David told Saul. “I’ll go fight him!”

33   “Don’t be ridiculous!” Saul replied. “There’s no way you can fight this Philistine and possibly win! You’re only a boy, and he’s been a man of war since his youth.”

34   But David persisted. “I have been taking care of my father’s sheep and goats,” he said. “When a lion or a bear comes to steal a lamb from the flock,

35   I go after it with a club and rescue the lamb from its mouth. If the animal turns on me, I catch it by the jaw and club it to death.

36   I have done this to both lions and bears, and I’ll do it to this pagan Philistine, too, for he has defied the armies of the living God!

37   The Lord who rescued me from the claws of the lion and the bear will rescue me from this Philistine!” Saul finally consented. “All right, go ahead,” he said. “And may the Lord be with you!”

38   Then Saul gave David his own armor—a bronze helmet and a coat of mail.

39   David put it on, strapped the sword over it, and took a step or two to see what it was like, for he had never worn such things before. “I can’t go in these,” he protested to Saul. “I’m not used to them.” So David took them off again.

40   He picked up five smooth stones from a stream and put them into his shepherd’s bag. Then, armed only with his shepherd’s staff and sling, he started across the valley to fight the Philistine.

41   Goliath walked out toward David with his shield bearer ahead of him,

42   sneering in contempt at this ruddy-faced boy.

43   “Am I a dog,” he roared at David, “that you come at me with a stick?” And he cursed David by the names of his gods.

44   “Come over here, and I’ll give your flesh to the birds and wild animals!” Goliath yelled.

45   David replied to the Philistine, “You come to me with sword, spear, and javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies—the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.

46   Today the Lord will conquer you, and I will kill you and cut off your head. And then I will give the dead bodies of your men to the birds and wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel!

47   And everyone assembled here will know that the Lord rescues his people, but not with sword and spear. This is the Lord’s battle, and he will give you to us!”

48   As Goliath moved closer to attack, David quickly ran out to meet him.

49   Reaching into his shepherd’s bag and taking out a stone, he hurled it with his sling and hit the Philistine in the forehead. The stone sank in, and Goliath stumbled and fell face down on the ground.

50   So David triumphed over the Philistine with only a sling and a stone, for he had no sword.

1 Samuel 16:1 NIV – The Lord said to Samuel, “How long will you mourn for Saul, since I have rejected him as king over Israel? Fill your horn with oil and be on your way; I am sending you to Jesse of Bethlehem. I have chosen one of his sons to be king.”

Deuteronomy 17:15 GNT – Be sure that the man you choose to be king is the one whom the Lord has chosen. He must be one of your own people; do not make a foreigner your king.

Deuteronomy 20:1, 4 NIV1 When you go to war against your enemies and see horses and chariots and an army greater than yours, do not be afraid of them, because the Lord your God, who brought you up out of Egypt, will be with you. 4 For the Lord your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory.”

1 Chronicles 20:6-8 NLT 6 In another battle with the Philistines at Gath, they encountered a huge man with six fingers on each hand and six toes on each foot, twenty-four in all, who was also a descendant of the giants. 7 But when he defied and taunted Israel, he was killed by Jonathan, the son of David’s brother Shimea. 8 These Philistines were descendants of the giants of Gath, but David and his warriors killed them.

Romans 8:28 NIV – And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

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