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David: A Man After God’s Own Heart - Sermon #3
1 Samuel 17:32-40
SURVIVING GIANT COUNTRY
Intro: Part of God’s training plan for David involved God placing the young man in some difficult situations. In those difficult times, David learned to trust the Lord and walk in the power of God, not the power of the flesh. David learned the lessons necessary to survive life, and not just to survive, but to thrive in life. We see David in one of the most desperate times of his life in these verses. Here, David trusts God for some big things, and in return, he sees God do the miraculous.
Now, I know we have all heard these verses preached and re-preached countless times. And, it is doubtful that I will have anything new to add to what you already know this evening. But, I feel that there are some helpful instructions contained here that, if followed, can help us to lead a more victorious life. I also know that I am preaching to people who are battling giants today. Some of you are facing some pretty significant giants in your life. I believe these verses can help.
we watch David walk into the
A. This day for David began like any other day. He plans to tend his sheep and do the same things he has done day after day for years. But, this day will be different! Jesse sends David to check on David’s three elder brothers who are fighting in Saul’s army. They have been gone at least 40 days, 1 Sam. 17:16, and Jesse is worried. You see, in those days countries did not have standing armies. Ordinary citizens would rally around the king when he called for volunteers to fight.
David goes to his brothers as he is commanded.
When he arrives, he finds the armies of
But, while the army of Saul hides in their tents, David hears the giant as he blasphemes the Name of God and shames the people of God. David’s day had started like countless other days had started, but before the sun went down, David found himself face to face with a mighty big giant.
B. Isn’t that just how the giants of life come to you and me? They rarely give notice that they are coming. You get up one morning, expecting that day to be like any other day, and there it stands: a giant has entered your life. When they come, they always catch us off guard and they always frighten us. We look up at them and, most of the time; we have no idea what to do.
C. If we are going to survive in giant country, we need to understand that giants don’t just show up; their appearance is well timed. Now, from our perspective, they just appear. But, from God’s perspective, they are all part of His perfect plan for us.
If we could ever grasp the truth that nothing comes our way apart from the will of God, it would change our attitude toward the giants of life. Passages like, Rom. 8:28; Psa. 37:23; Job 23:10; Jer. 29:11, etc would become real to us and they would bring great comfort to our hearts.
the point of all that: did God know about the giants? Could He have removed them before
D. Here is what I am trying to tell you: When that giant showed up in your life, it did not get there by accident. That giant is there by the providence of God. It is there because God sent it, allowed it, or however you want to say it. It is there because God, in His precise timing, wanted you to face it when it came to you.
the giants come, we can get depressed and defeated; or we can realize that they
are a tangible symbol of God working out His will in our lives. We can be like Saul and
II. v. 25-40 SURVIVAL IS A MATTER OF TRUSTING
A. When David hears the threats and defiance of Goliath, he determines that something must be done about this giant. He makes his intentions known, v. 26-32; and David sets out to see Goliath defeated. But, as soon as David expresses his desire to see the giant defeated, he is met with criticism, v. 28, and doubt, v. 33. Yet, as we watch David move toward the moment when he will face off with the giant; we see a young man who has learned something about faith and trust in the Lord.
1. David has learned about God’s Purposes –1 Sam. 16:13 – David had been anointed as king to sit on a throne. David knew that he would not die this day.
2. David has learned about God’s Protection – v. 34-37 – David knew that everything God had done in the past, he was still able to do.
3. David has learned about God’s Power– v. 38-40 – David knew that victory did not reside in swords, shields, spears, armor and bows, but in the mighty power of God. He would go into this battle with the same God and the same weapons he had used before.
In other words, David’s trust was not in
the army, the armor or the armaments; David’s trust was in Almighty God. The same God Who had protected him and given
his victory after victory on the hills of Judea, would grant him the victory in
B. What a lesson for those of us who also face giants from time to time! If we could ever learn the same lessons that David learned about fighting giants; we could make short work of them all. Here is what you need to know:
1. God did not save you for some giant to destroy – God saved you to take you home to glory some day! That giant cannot undo the eternal work God has already done in your soul, Phil. 1:6; 2 Tim. 1:12. That giant is there as part of God’s eternal plan in your life. That giant is there to grow you, Num. 14:9. There’s nothing quite like cutting your teeth on a few giants to help your faith grow stronger. You can trust God’s Purposes!
will not change courses in the middle of the stream – He will always be
that which He has ever been. One of the
greatest attributes of our Lord is Him immutability. That simply means His unchangeableness! God is a God Who cannot change, Mal. 3:6; Heb. 13:8! The same God Who did all those marvelous,
miraculous things we read about in the Bible is still the same God today! You’ve heard about the
will never fail those who place their trust in Him – Those who trust
men, methods and materials can and will fail.
But, those who place their unwavering trust in God and His power will
never fail. You see, our God is not a
weak, anemic God. No! He is a God of power; a God of glory; a God
Who is ever moving in mighty ways to make His power known. Those who trust Him as they face the giants
of life can see that power work in their lives by faith. God is powerful, Luke 1:38; Matt. 28:18; Jer. 32:17.
And, those who walk with their faith in Him can experience that power, Heb. 11:1; Eph. 3:20;
C. Where is your trust as you face the giants of life? Is it in man; in the economy; in self? Those will all fail. As we face our giants let us be certain that our faith and our dependence is in the Lord. He and He alone will never fail! Our survival depends on our being able to trust Him.
III. v. 41-54 SURVIVAL IS A MATTER OF TAKING
A. There comes a time when talk must stop and action must begin. The time had come for David to take that which he had already been given by the Lord. He walked down into that valley; faced that giant; declared his faith in God; slung that stone; and killed that giant. What a moment it must have been in young David’s life to see God do that which no one but David believed possible!
B. Friends, there is a time when the talking needs to stop and the taking needs to begin! As we face our own giants day by day, isn’t it about time that we started taking by faith some of the things we have only talked about up until now? For instance, we talk about God providing for us, Phil. 4:19. But, we still worry over our finances. We talk about God’s grace in every situation in life, 2 Cor. 12:9. But, we still act like we aren’t going to make it. We talk about God being in control of our lives, Rom. 8:28. But, we live like our lives are out of control.
Isn’t it time we stopped talking about all we could have in Jesus and we just started taking it? David defeated Goliath because he was willing to take what God had given him by faith. The same thing will work in your life and mine today! As we face our giants, we have already been promised victory, 1 Cor. 15:57; 2 Cor. 2:14; Rom. 8:37; let’s take it. How? By doing what David did.
1. Place your trust in the Lord.
2. Believe that He can do everything that He has ever done.
3. Then, walk into your valley, square off with your giant and keep slinging until he falls. I am convinced that is the reason David took five stones to kill one giant. He knew he might miss on the first shot and he aimed to keep slinging stones until he had the victory.
C. Friend, whether you believe this preacher or not, here is the truth of the matter: You are a giant killer! Not because you possess any power; but because you serve a God Who possesses all power. Not because your aim is good; but, because you serve a God never misses. Not because you deserve anything at all from God; but, because He has promised to give you His victory through His Son, the Lord Jesus. So, get out there and take what’s yours by faith! Your survival depends on it!
Conc: So, do you have a giant that you would like to see defeated in your life? Let me tell you, they don’t always fall easy! Goliath went down on the first swing; yours and mine might take many more than that. But, if your giant ever falls, it will be through the work of Almighty God in your life, on your behalf, “Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts,” Zechariah 4:6.
is interesting to watch the characters involved in this account. Saul nurses his fears; Eliab feeds his
jealousy; Goliath polishes his pride; and David flexes his faith. The rest
watched as David claimed victory. It
could have been Saul; it could have been Eliab; it could have been any of the
So, tonight, you can hide in your tent and try
to avoid that giant. Maybe he will just
do away. He won’t. Look at verses 3 and 25. By the time the 40th day had
arrived, Goliath had already crossed the valley and was starting up the
mountainside toward the camp of
Or, you can get up and go out to meet that giant in with your faith in the God of battles. That is the recipe for victory in the war against the giants of life. If you need to do a little giant killing this evening, this altar is a good place to load your sling and take your swing at your giant.