Conquering Your Giants
1 Samuel 17:49
(Message given to the Ambassadors on November 16, 2008)
Introduction: God’s providence made David well-known in the court, now, God’s providence makes him well-known in the camp.
The Valley of Elah lay somewhere near Socoh of Judah and Azekah, and was nearer Ekron than any other Philistine town
We all have giants to face, different in description but the same in design. All designed to intimidate and to ’cause us to quit doing the work of God.
Man’s extremity is God’s opportunity.
I. The Champion of the Philistines – v4
“Goliath” means splendor – great luster or brightness.
A. Description – v4-7
1. Height – 9feet 9inches tall
2. coat of mail (armor of scales) – v5
3. greaves of brass – v6
leg harnesses which covered the thighs and legs down to the heels.
Note – the whole armor of Goliath is supposed to have weighed not less than two hundred and seventy-two pounds thirteen ounces!
B. Defiance – v8a – “stood and cried”
Often times our Giants provoke us shout at us!
1. Challenged Israel – v8b-9
2. Caused fear in the hearts of the people – v10-11; 16
The reason that the Israelites were so afraid is that they were comparing Goliath’s size against their size. From that perspective, they were terribly outclassed. But David was comparing Goliath’s size with God’s size!
II. The Courage of David
A. A Godly Courage – v22-25
Deut. 31:6, Josh. 1:6; 9;18
Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the LORD.
1. For the Lord’s Name – v26-27
someone with Godly courage will fight for the name of the Lord. To honor the name of the Lord.
Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.
It was misunderstood! V28
Eliab thought that he was too proud to keep sheep, and wanted to advance himself in the army, and make a figure there, and thereby gratify his vanity and ambition, which was the reverse of David’s character.
2. For the Lord’s Cause – v29
David did not let anything distract him.
John Wesley said – However David is not deterred from his undertaking, by the hard words of Eliab. They that undertake public services must not think it strange, if they be opposed by those from whom they had reason to expect assistance, but must humbly go on with their work, in the face, not only of their enemies threats, but of their friends slights, suspicions, and censures.
Eph. 6:10; Acts 20:24
B. Grounded Courage – v31-33
1. On a Promise – 1 Samuel 16:12-13
He was anointed, so there was nothing that can happen to him because he was to be king.
Phil. 1:6, Isaiah 54:17
1 Thess. 5:24
Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.
2. Provisions from the Past – V34-37
David saw how God worked in the past. That encouraged him to believe God for the present!
God helped him to kill a lion and a bear.
3. The Presence of God – v37 “he will…”
David recognized it was the Lord’s presence that made the difference!
…Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts.
It was not in human/normal instruments – v38-40 (5 smooth stones)
Hudson Taylor, founder of the China Inland Mission, which in the 1960’s became what is today the missions agency OMF International, knew the secret of strength through weakness. Complimented once by a friend on the impact of the mission, Hudson answered, “It seemed to me that God looked over the whole world to find a man who was weak enough to do His work, and when He at last found me, He said, ‘He is weak enough-he’ll do.’ All God’s giants have been weak men who did great things for God because they reckoned on His being with them.”
III. The Conquest of the Lord
1 Cor. 15:57
But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Victory can only be attained through the Lord!
A. Declared by David
1. The Authority – v45 “I come to thee in the name…”
He was not merely coming on his own authority.
2. The Assurance – v46
There is sure victory in the Lord’s strength.
3. The Answer – v47 “the battle is the Lord’s”
It is not your battle. Stop struggling.
Stop Trying, Start Trusting!
Ex. 14:14, Deut. 1:30; 20:4
B. Defeat of Goliath – v48-49; 50-51
Note – One stone, it was a sure shot.
It is always a sure shot with God!
C. Deliverance of Israel – v52-54
Victory of one became the vindication for others!
A hero is someone who excels at what others call as excuses!
Courage is a man who just “keeps on coming on.” He may not get there himself, but he’ll open up a way so others can follow.
David and his Men – Once you slay a giant you lift up a standard for people to do the same e.g. 5 stones = 5 giants: David slew 1 giant (Goliath) David’s men slew the remaining 4 giants – 2 Sam. 21:15-22.
You may not know it, but you may be paving the way for the future generation to kill their giants!
Conclusion: Why does God put giants in our path? Primarily because men grow up on the battlefield and we will never grow up until we dare to go out and face Goliath head on. There is nothing like war to turn a boy into a man. As long as we turn tail and run when the giant rears his ugly head, we’ll have to face him tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow. He won’t go away until we stand up and fight him. Whenever we stand up to a giant and fight him in the name of the Lord, mighty miracles begin to take place. God wants us to grow up and we can’t until we go out and fight in the name of the Lord of Hosts. Though it may sound strange to say it, giants are absolutely necessary for our spiritual growth.
Whatever “giants” you’re facing today, may you find strength in the Lord who is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or even think!
May the Lord richly bless you!