Trust God even in the face of giants. God will deliver you.

 

Shepherd to King

1 Samuel 16:7

 

Three golfers got struck by lightning and ended up at the pearly gates of heaven. They asked St Peter if there was golf in heaven. St Peter assured them that there was incredible golf in heaven, but there was just one rule: Don’t hit a duck. As they played, one of the guys hit a duck. St Peter approached with a not-so-gorgeous woman, homely in fact, and said, “You’re the one who hit a duck.” St Peter handcuffed the homely woman to the man and they took off to be that way for all eternity. The two others continued to play and eventually another one hit a duck. Sure enough, St Peter approached with another un-gorgeous woman and handcuffed her to the one who hit the duck and they were that way for all eternity. The last guy continued to play. One day St Peter approached with a knock-down, gorgeous woman and handcuffed this stunning beauty to the guy. Elated, the last golfer said, “I don’t know what I did to deserve this!” The gorgeous woman said, “I hit a duck.” This is a funny story with a sad truth. Our world judges on externals, by how we look on the outside. God does not make judgments on externals. God looks at the heart. God also wants his people to resist judging on externals. We see this truth in The Story as we come to the anointing of David as Israel’s king.

 

David is chosen as king.

The people wanted a king – They got their king that was just like all the other nations – King Saul became wicked – he turned his back on God – he even had the priests at Nob killed (1 Samuel 22)

God wanted a man after His own heart and that man was David.  When David was chosen, when Samuel anointed him he was no more than 16 years old.

 

When Samuel came to Jesse’ house to sacrifice – dad didn’t even bring him in from watching the sheep.  I don’t know when Jesse knew that Samuel was there to anoint the next king but even Samuel didn’t have God’s eyes.

 

1 Samuel 16:6  When they arrived, Samuel saw Eliab and thought, “Surely the LORD’s anointed stands here before the LORD.” 7  But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”

 

None of Jesse’s seven sons passed the heart inspection of God.

 

1 Samuel 16:10  Jesse had seven of his sons pass before Samuel, but Samuel said to him, “The LORD has not chosen these.” 11  So he asked Jesse, “Are these all the sons you have?” “There is still the youngest,” Jesse answered, “but he is tending the sheep.” Samuel said, “Send for him; we will not sit down until he arrives.” 12  So he sent and had him brought in. He was ruddy, with a fine appearance and handsome features. Then the LORD said, “Rise and anoint him; he is the one.”

 

Can you imagine the older brothers – that kid, he can’t be king, he can’t even tend the sheep.  Dad didn’t even think he was worthy to come to the sacrifice.  Samuel has gone senile – Samuel is not really listening to God.  God what is wrong – I am better than David – I can be king – God pick me.

 

We see Eliab’s thoughts when David takes food to his three oldest brothers at the battle lines.

 

1 Samuel 17:28  When Eliab, David’s oldest brother, heard him speaking with the men, he burned with anger at him and asked, “Why have you come down here? And with whom did you leave those few sheep in the desert? I know how conceited you are and how wicked your heart is; you came down only to watch the battle.”

 

Eliab was wrong – God said David had a heart of God – so if it was not David’s heart that was wicked it was Eliab’s heart that was wicked with jealousy and anger.

If Eliab was worthy of the crown why didn’t he fight Goliath?

If Eliab loved God so much why didn’t he burn with anger at what the godless Philistine was saying?

All of the army had heard Goliath day after day, morning and evening for 40 days – saying, “This day I defy the ranks of Israel! Give me a man and let us fight each other”  (1 Samuel 17:10)

 

“Saul and all the Israelites were dismayed and terrified.”

 

David was not afraid like all the fighting men of Israel

1 Samuel 17:26  David asked the men standing near him, “What will be done for the man who kills this Philistine and removes this disgrace from Israel? Who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of the living God?”

 

David knew what Goliath was saying was a disgrace to the Living God.

He was not going to stand for it.  He was going to take action.

What do you do when people defy the living God?

 

Are we like the fighting men of Israel and not even hear the defiance – we only run in fear

Or are we like David – the words offend us and we take a stand for God.

When David heard Goliath’s words it drove him to action not fear.

 

David the teenager went to the king to encourage him – Saul and his men have been in fear for 40 days.

King Saul said that David was only a boy and could not fight the great Philistine warrior. (1 Samuel 17:33)

David promoted himself – David gave the King his resume, if you will.

Not his resume but God’s credentials for victory.

 

1 Samuel 17:34  But David said to Saul, “Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, 35  I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. 36  Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. 37  The LORD who delivered me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.”

 

David did not fear because he knew how big his God was.

He knew that God would deliver him from the enemy.

 

Who do you trust in?  God or yourself

Do you fear the threat and run away?  God will deliver you but you have to run to the battle field.

 

1 Samuel 17:40  Then he took his staff in his hand, chose five smooth stones from the stream, put them in the pouch of his shepherd’s bag and, with his sling in his hand, approached the Philistine.

45  David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the LORD Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. 46  This day the LORD will hand you over to me, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. Today I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds of the air and the beasts of the earth, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. 47  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.”

 

The world will know that there is a God in Israel.

Everyone will know that the battle is the Lord’s.

 

As a Christian do you know that?

We know that intellectually – in our head – but we don’t live like it – in our heart.

A lot of the time we are no better than the “fraidy” cat Israelite soldiers.

The enemy steps out and makes a threat and we run in fear.  We forget that the battle is the Lord’s.

 

What enemy are you facing today?  Illness, grief, disappointment, temptation, marriage trouble, family issues

God is up for the task – God will deliver you but you have to join the battle.

 

God could have used David’s oldest brother Eliab to defeat Goliath but he was afraid – he didn’t trust God to be able to deliver him and the rest of the army.  That is why God did not choose him to be king.

 

God choose David because of his heart, because of his faith.

God will use you, He can use you if you are willing.  But God will not make you.

You can be the solution instead of the problem.

 

David’s heart was what made him different.  Listen to what the Psalmist says,

 

Psalm 78:70  He chose David his servant and took him from the sheep pens; 71  from tending the sheep he brought him to be the shepherd of his people Jacob, of Israel his inheritance. 72  And David shepherded them with integrity of heart; with skillful hands he led them.

 

David had integrity of heart.  He was wholehearted – totally devoted to God.  Where is your devotion?

Even when David got closer to the giant – 9 feet tall – and heard more threats he did not back down.

We may have courage to begin the fight but then in the midst we may get cold feet – David didn’t.

 

1 Samuel 17:41  Meanwhile, the Philistine, with his shield bearer in front of him, kept coming closer to David. …43  He said to David, “Am I a dog, that you come at me with sticks?” And the Philistine cursed David by his gods. 44  “Come here,” he said, “and I’ll give your flesh to the birds of the air and the beasts of the field!”

 

That would make me want to run away.  David did not fear because he trusted God.

 

1 Samuel 17:45  David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the LORD Almighty.”

 

Do you have enough faith to get out of the boat?

 

Matthew 14:25  During the fourth watch of the night Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. 26  When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear. 27  But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” 28  “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.” 29  “Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30  But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” 31  Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”

 

Only Peter was willing to get out of the boat and walk to Jesus – at least get out of the boat.

Keep looking to Jesus – Peter had an issue that David didn’t.  Peter looked around and saw the waves and feared.  David didn’t take his eyes off of God.

 

Get out and walk – Keep your eyes on Jesus.  Then you won’t be afraid.

 

Remember who God is, remember His power – it is not about your skill it is about your faithfulness.

 

David could have made plenty of excuses – My dad doesn’t believe in me, my brother’s make fun of me, the King called me a boy and the giant – “Did you see that giant” – he didn’t respect me as a soldier.

David could have doubted but he didn’t because he knew God had chosen him.

 

God has chosen you

Ephesians 1:4  For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight.

 

It doesn’t matter what others say or think about you, it doesn’t even matter what you think about yourself.  It only matters what God thinks about you and do you put your trust in Him.

 

I really like Francesca Battistelli’s song, He Knows My Name

 

 

Spent today in a conversation

In the mirror face to face with

somebody less than perfect

I wouldn’t choose me first if

I was looking for a champion

In fact I’d understand if

You picked everyone before me

But that’s just not my story

True to who You are

You saw my heart

and made

Something out of nothing

 

[Chorus:]

I don’t need my name in lights

I’m famous in my Father’s eyes

Make no mistake

He knows my name

I’m not living for applause

I’m already so adored

It’s all His stage

He knows my name oh, oh,

He knows my name oh, oh

 

I’m not meant to just stay quiet

I’m meant to be a lion

I’ll roar beyond a song

With every moment that I’ve got

True to who You are

You saw my heart

and made

Something out of nothing

 

[Chorus]

 

He calls me chosen, free forgiven, wanted, child of the King,

His forever, held in treasure…

I am loved

 

I don’t need my name in lights…

I’m famous in my Father’s eyes…

 

[Chorus]

 

 

 

 

You like David have been chosen – He was chosen to be a King and lead the nation of Israel.  He has chosen you to be a priest in His kingdom – He has chosen you as an ambassador for His love.  God will use you for His glory.  Remember God is on your side – He will fight your battles.  Trust in Him.

 

Do you need to put your trust in Him today?  You believe in Him but have you surrendered your life to Him.

Tell Him you don’t want to live your way any longer – you want to change – to repent and follow His way.

Then be immersed into the watery grave of baptism so that your sins will be forgiven and you will receive the gift of God the Holy Spirit.