“And the Philistine said, I defy the armies of Israel this day: give me a man, that we may fight together. When Saul and all Israel heard those words of the Philistine, they were dismayed, and greatly afraid…all the men of Israel, when they saw the man, fled from him, and were sore afraid.” 1Sam. 17:10,11,24.
So begins the account of David, shepherd boy, and Goliath, giant Philistine warrior.
In my morning time with the Lord, I am using the study guide, Goliath Must Fall, by Louie Giglio, published by Thomas Nelson. I’ve not read the book or used the video that can be used for small group study but you can get a good review of the book on Heather Greer’s site, By The Book.
We all face our own giants in this world. They are bigger and stronger than we. They arise in our minds taunting us, shout in our ears lies of defeat, and we, like the Israelite army melt or run in fear. We don’t have to fear for we have a David, a champion, who fights for us, a champion who has fought every giant we face and won. He is only a prayer away.
“I sought the LORD, and he heard me,
and delivered me from all my fears.
They looked unto him, and were lightened:
and their faces were not ashamed.
This poor man cried,
and the Lord heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles.
The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear him,
and delivereth them…
You seek, you look to, and cry to the Lord.
He hears, delivers, gives sure hope, saves out of all troubles, encamps around us, and again, delivers.
O taste and see that the LORD is good:
blessed is the man that trusteth in him…
The righteous cry,
and the LORD heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles.
The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart;
and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.
Many are the afflictions of the righteous:
but the LORD delivereth him out of them all.” Psalm 34:4-8, 17-19
You are invited to taste and see the Lord’s goodness simply by trusting him to be God.
You will see He is near the broken hearted and saves the humble. You will see He delivers His own out of all, not some but all, trouble.
How do we know God will do all this?
First, He is able.
“Ah Lord God! behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee:
Thou shewest lovingkindness unto thousands, and recompensest the iniquity of the fathers into the bosom of their children after them:
the Great, the Mighty God, the Lord of hosts, is his name.” Jeremiah 32:17,18
“Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.” Eph. 3:20,21
Second, He has already done it.
“This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses…Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, who ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ.” Acts 2:32,36.
Christ on the cross tasted death, sins victory but for a moment. Christ risen from the dead defeated our greatest enemy. This is the assurance of victory over any giant we face for all eternity.
Let us walk in the faith of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
“For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world:
and this is the vctory that overcometh the world,
even our faith.
Who is he that overcometh the world,
but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God…
These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God;
that ye may know that ye have eternal life,
and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.
And this is the conficence that we have in him,
that, if we ask any thing according to his will,
he heareth us:
And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask,
we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.” 1John 5:4,5,13-15.
Fear not. Have faith in your Champion. The giant is dead.