I don’t know about you, but I might take on a giant just to get out of paying taxes!
This benefit, as well as being given the king’s daughter as a wife, could have been a great motive for slaying a giant, but as we see, there was a greater purpose driving the man after God’s own heart!
1 Samuel 16,17 find Samuel grieving the loss of Saul as king.
God tells Samuel that it is time to stop mourning Saul and to get up and get going! There is a new king to anoint.
He sends Samuel to Bethlehem to a man named Jesse, who has 8 sons. The seven oldest looked more than qualified to be king but it was the youngest, the shepherd boy who God chose.
David was young and smaller than his brothers. He was nice looking but not an obvious choice for a king.
Samuel is impressed with David’s brother Eliab and is sure this would be God’s choice!
God reminds Samuel that while man looks on the outward appearance, God looks at the heart.
Leave it to God to always have His priorities right. He is not impressed with what seems so obvious to us.
Samuel anoints David as king in front of his older brothers who also happened to be busy serving as soldiers for Saul’s army at the time.
They were battling the Philistines and one particularly intimidating giant named Goliath.
David is sent by his father to take food to the brothers and while with the troops, he notices this giant taunting God’s people.
Now, we will see what little David is made of and what motivates him!
David might be small but the guy has courage! He has killed bears and lions when they attacked his sheep. He is not afraid to take on a threat.
He offers to deal with the giant, Saul lets him and you know the rest of the story!
David was not driven to slay a giant so he could receive any gifts from Saul. He was not motivated by that which perishes.
I have to ask: Am I indignant at those things that taunt a holy God? Am I passionate to defend His name? What motivates me?
He was passionate about the God of Israel and ready to defend His people and His holy name!
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.
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.
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 17:45-47.
Those very words from David were fulfilled that very day!