” Yahweh, who delivered me from the paws of lions and bears, will deliver me from the hands of the Philistine. ” 1 Samuel 17:37
David’s challenge delighted the Israelites down through the centuries and still delights us today as well. His struggle with Goliath symbolized the struggle between good and evil. Victory will not come to those who are stronger or more heavily armed. Such people insult God by their pride and self-confidence. And they will not last long if they insult the people of God, especially the lowly.
Victory will belong to the weak who trust in God’s help. David, the winner was a young boy who personified those who remain young in heart and maintain a clear conscience. He was invited to protect himself with Saul’s armor and arms. He understand that if he used arms similar to those of the Philistine, he would not know how to use them and the latter would prevail over him. In the end, the Philistine died, a victim of his own weapons.
In abandoning all these protections, David the shepherd boy made himself more free and stronger. He went to battle trusting in name of Yahweh, God of Israel’s armies. He got rid of all this armor, took his staff, picked up five smooth stones from the brook and dropped them inside his shepherd’s bag. And with his sling in hand, he drew near to the Philistine who moved forward closing in on him. When he saw that David was only a lad, he cursed him by his gods. David answered the Philistine that he had come against him with Yahweh, the God of the armies of Israel who he had defiled. No sooner had the Philistine moved to attack David who slung a stone and struck his forehead; it penetrated his forehead and fell on his face to the ground. David took the Philistine’s sword and slew him by cutting off his head and then died.
David’s fight indicated a victory won by a weak who trusted in God’s help. He who remained young in heart and maintained a clear conscience that Goliath was too big to miss.
With God all things are possible.