David and Goliath

1Samuel 17:49: And David put his hand in his bag and took out a stone and slung it and struck the Philistine on his forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell on his face to the ground. (ESV)

lion-218919_640This is a famous story in the bible. David defeated Goliath in an unbelievable tale of weakness winning over strength (1Samuel 17).

It was a one on one that could be described as a mismatch by an onlooker. But when none of the soldiers of Israel was willing to take on the giant, not even king Saul, the burden of facing Goliath fell on the shoulder of young David.

With practically no war training or experience, you can say he was way in over his head. But when he moved towards Goliath he was fearless, he was consumed with the passion for God. Zeal for God made him fearless. His emotions were spent loving God with nothing left to be occupied by fear.

He was zealous for God and his name which the heathen Goliath had disrespected, because he defied the army of Israel and by extension God. And he was not going to keep still.

We saw the same zeal in Jesus, the way he took on the buyers and sellers in the temple.  He said to them: you have made my father’s house a den of thieves (Matthew 21:12-13).

David took personal interest in the things of God. And he was truly described as a man after God’s heart (1Samuel 13:14). He was so one with God that he reflected His emotion not just His words.

Any priest can repeat the words of the law but it takes one with passion for God to execute his counsel, reflecting his heart.

Jehu was a man like that. He once said: come I will show you my zeal for God (2Kings 10:16). Does your life show zeal for God? Any whatsoever?

David exhibited zeal for God when he faced Goliath. It wasn’t his battle to fight, he was not even meant to be on the battle field except the fact that he was sent there by his father. But he assumed the responsibility for protecting the nation of Israel.

He was definitely stirred by the Holy Spirit, who came upon him when he was anointed by Samuel in the privacy of his father’s house (1Samuel 16:1-13). Similarly, the Holy Spirit comes upon you in the privacy of prayer and you get to take down Goliath in the public. And the Holy Spirit does not only come with the power of God but also the emotion of God.

Elijah expressed zeal for God. As a one man army he stood against the hordes of Baal prophets and worshippers, led by Jezebel who held the nation by the jugular, stifling any recognition of the truth of God (1Kings 17-18). They had their elaborate system of worship, called by Paul, fellowship with demons (2Corinthians 6:14-16, 1Corinthians 10:19-22), expressions of darkness. Elijah stood as an emissary of light, saying to all Israel, if the Lord is God worship him and if Baal then worship him, as he called a nation back to God.

His expressed his zeal for God in the place of prayer. The bible says that Elijah prayed earnestly that it will not rain in Israel and it did not rain for the space of three and half years (James 5:17-18). He feared God and was zealous for others to manifest the same. He went all out in the place of prayer to cause the rain to stop in order to catch the attention of the people and bring them back to God.

The bible says Elijah is of a similar nature like all of us. He was a man but he did extraordinary things because he prayed. The situation in Israel in his time was like Goliath, but with the stone of prayer he brought the children of Israel to their knees saying “the Lord is God.”

While looking at David and Goliath, you might say that David was outmatched. But while Goliath needed to get close to David to be able to harm him with his spear, David had a stone, and something to catapult it with, to hit the forehead of Goliath and bring him to his death without coming physically close. So the contest was won without any physical contact (or with minimal contact).

The stone in the hand of David could move faster than he could, when thrown with a sling. So also is prayer. It can move further than we can move. It can work deeper, and greater and better than we can on our own.

The weapon of prayer in our hands looks like something insignificant as the stone in the hand of David. But thrown in the name of Jesus, guided by the Holy Spirit, it brings down the Goliaths of our lives, their oppression, dominion brought to a crushing end.

The situation may seem big but prayer will bring it down. The barrenness of Hannah seemed like a bog situation but the stone of prayer brought it down (1Samuel 1).

After Paul finished listing the armour of God, he said we should put all of them together, praying all manner of prayers in the Spirit (Ephesians 6:10-18). That is the prayer armour, which works with all other piece.

Jesus said: men ought to pray and not to faint and gave the story of a widow who needed justice against her adversary (Luke 18:1-8). To get her right, and went to a judge. She would have continued in his oppression, if she did not have somebody with an authority to rescue her. She refused to live with the situation and suffer in silence, she asked for help in the right place.

To complain is different from praying. You can complain to your peers, but you pray to the one who can really help, God.

Goliath was a long-standing problem for the army of Israel. He came before them for forty days.  There was no solution to the problem in the natural. But a man with God- David, stepped into the situation and everything changed.

That brings to us the importance of faith. With faith in God we do great things. We are enabled to go beyond the natural realm to penetrate the supernatural. We have the ability to touch heaven with the hand of faith and release the power of God. Jesus asked, while teaching on prayer that when he comes would he find faith on the earth?

Also, the power of God is in us, and when it is stirred up in the place of prayer like Elijah did, we get to move heaven. Jesus said that whatever we bind on earth is bound in heaven and whatever we loose on earth is loosed in heaven (Matthew 18:18).

We get to use spiritual power (symbolised by David’s stone moving in the air) to cut down the enemy.


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