Delivered†††††† 1 Sam. 17:32-37, 42-50††† July 24, 2016
The confidence of David is amazing.† He trusted God and He gave him victory over a lion
and on another occasion a Bear.† He believed God would enabled him to have victory over a giant who blasphemed his God.† He seem surprised that no other solder had faith in God so that he would be victorious over the giant and Delivered.
1. Davidís Confidence In God.††† 1 Sam. 17:32-37
A.†† Davidís . . Confidence Questioned y Saul.†† 17:32-33
32 David said to Saul, "Don't let anyone be discouraged by him; your servant will go and fight this Philistine!"
33 But Saul replied, "You can't go fight this Philistine. You're just a youth, and he's been a warrior since he was young."††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††
B.††† Davidís . . Confidence Is Stated by David.†† 17:34-36
34 David answered Saul, "Your servant has been tending his father's sheep. Whenever a lion or a bear came and carried off a lamb from the flock,
35 I went after it, struck it down, and rescued the lamb from its mouth. If it reared up against me, I would grab it by its fur, strike it down, and kill it.
36 Your servant has killed lions and bears; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, for he has defied the armies of the living God."
C.†† Davidís . . Confidence Is Further Stated Unquestionably by David.†† 17:37
37 Then David said, "The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will
rescue me from the hand of this Philistine."† Saul said to David, "Go, and may the Lord be with you."
Our text is one of the great stories from the Old Testament.†† David was a man of unusual faith cultivated through his trust and experiences as a shepherd.† He was a man of trust and one experience led to another.† To protect his sheep he had slain a lion and a bear.† If he had any side affects he did not talk about them.† Saul looked at Davidís age size, and experiences compared to Goliath and because he did not know details about him he doubted his ability.† In the face of Saulís lack of confidence in David he simply declared his faith in God over this blasphemous giant.†† Rather than concentrating on the size of Goliath he simply concentrated on the size of God.
2.††† Goliathís False Confidence In Himself and His Gods.††† 1 Sam. 17:42-44
A.†† Goliath . . Cursed David.†† 17:42-43
42 When the Philistine looked and saw David, he despised him because he was just a youth, healthy and handsome.† 43 He said to David, "Am I a dog that you come against me with sticks?" Then he cursed David by his gods. ††† B.††† Goliath . . Challenged David to Come to Him.†† 17:42-43
44 "Come here," the Philistine called to David, "and I'll give your flesh to the birds of the sky and the wild beasts!"
Goliath was very confident in his size and experiences and cursed a youthful child like David by his gods.† Then in disbelief he challenged David to come before him as he promised to give his flesh to the birds and wild animals.† David was not fearful of Goliath or his challenges.† For David it was a simple battle as he believed God would give him the skill and confidence to slay Goliath.† As most solders looked at Goliath size, David compared him with our God and saw victory for himself and defeated Goliath.† As we read the scriptures telling about this historical event it is a great example for all of us as we can learn to put our confidence and trust in God.†
3.††† Godís Victory.†† 1 Sam. 17:45-50
A.†† Before Godís Victory David Sights Goliathís . . Defiance of the God of Israel.†† 17:45-46
45 David said to the Philistine, "You come against me with a dagger, spear, and sword, but I come against you in the name of the Lord of Hosts, the God of Israel's armiesó you have defied Him.
46 Today, the Lord will hand you over to me. Today, I'll strike you down, cut your head off, and give the corpses of the Philistine camp to the birds of the sky and the creatures of the earth. Then all the world will know that Israel has a God,
B.††† Before Godís Victory David Boast with . . Determination from God.†† 17:45-46
47 and this whole assembly will know that it is not by sword or by spear that the Lord saves, for the battle is the Lord's. He will hand you over to us."
48 When the Philistine started forward to attack him, David ran quickly to the battle line to meet the Philistine. 49 David put his hand in the bag, took out a stone, slung it, and hit the Philistine on his forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell on his face to the ground.
50 David defeated the Philistine with a sling and a stone. Even though David had no sword, he struck down the Philistine and killed him.†† HCSB
In any event where there is a winner and a loser you can boast about your victory; especially if Godís power is involved.†† David did not shrink from his solid stand of faith in his God.† It is almost like David is shocked that even a man the size of Goliath could think he could have victory in a battle against God.† It is great to note Davidís confidence and how strength was supplied to all of Saulís army as they relaxed in the realization God had given David such an amazing victory.† David gained success by using a sling shot and one stone.†
He† did not have a sword but took Goliathís sword and cut off this giantís head.† He then could show Goliathís head to all as evidence of Godís victory.† He could proclaim being Delivered.