In the first part of this post, I tried to lay a little foundation for what the post is seeking to address, we see David and Saul with the same covenant confronted by the same Goliath but with two different responses.
I mentioned that the reason for the different responses lay in what each person trusted in, Saul trusted in his armour which symbolized his strength, abilities, experience and all he could do for himself. David on the other hand had learnt to trust in His covenant with God, how do I know this?
In the shout out with Goliath before the clash David said to him,
Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin. But I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you and take your head from you. And this day I will give the carcasses of the camp of the Philistines to the birds of the air and the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel. Then all this assembly shall know that the Lord does not save with sword and spear; for the battle is the Lord’s, and He will give you into our hands
1 Sam 17:45-47 NKJV
David said to Goliath, the Lord will do this and this to you, no mucking about, David was sure God would show up, He knew his God, this battle would only end one way, with Goliaths’ head on a skewer!
You need the same confidence to confront the goliaths that will rise on the paths of your life, you need to develop the same confidence in God and it can only come as you enter in a covenant relationship through faith in Jesus, not only that, you nourish that relationship through fellowship in the word, prayer and obedience.
The bible is not a story book, it is a book of revelation for covenant people, it contains keys or weapons for dealing with any kind of goliath that may come your way.
Jesus said even though you will have challenges in the world, don’t be afraid, he said, in me you have overcome the world.
Look at this!
When David volunteered to fight Goliath, the first thing that Saul did was to try to get David to put on his own armor!
So Saul clothed David with his armour, and he put a bronze helmet on his head; he also clothed him with a coat of mail. David fastened his sword to his armour and tried to walk, for he had not tested them. And David said to Saul, “I cannot walk with these, for I have not tested them.” So David took them off.
1 Sam 17:38-39 NKJV
Saul’s armour did not help him but he would recommend the same to David, this is what happens every day, people recommend ‘medicine’ to others that has not cured the one who recommends it.
Let’s talk a bit about David’s ‘weapons’
Then he took his staff in his hand; and he chose for himself five smooth stones from the brook, and put them in a shepherd’s bag, in a pouch which he had, and his sling was in his hand. And he drew near to the Philistine.
1 Sam 17:40 NKJV
First David went to the stream or brook, which is a gently flowing river, this is a picture of the Holy Spirit, David was a spiritual man, we need to learn that the greatest resources we can draw from are the resources of the Spirit. Jesus said the Holy Spirit will guide us into all truth and teach us how to have victory in every area of our lives.
David was used to going to the brook, we too need to make it a habit to draw close to God in prayer, we should follow the example of Jesus, who would rise up a great while before day and spend time in prayer, heaven’s resources are available but we need to first be in the covenant position to access them, then we need to do so.
The secret of the Lord is with them that reverence him; to them will he reveal his covenant.
The brook is the place of your refreshing, this is the presence of the Lord, but what did he do at the brook? What happens when you go into the presence of the Lord with a need or a Goliath to face?
David went to the brook and picked up five smooth stones, what does the stones signify? Stones represent revelation; insight into God’s word that are products of fellowship with the Holy Spirit, the only place to receive these revelations is in God’s presence. Without revelation you will be unable to overcome the wiles of the devil that Goliath represents, Jesus needed revelation to dismantle satanic assaults on him after he had been fasting.
You need a revelation on healing, safety, provision, protection, son ship etc, revelation is different from knowledge, Saul had knowledge but no revelation,
Revelation comes with a knowing, an inward illumination that produces assurance and emboldens the receiver to take seemingly risky steps of faith.
Why would David do what was seemingly crazy? Confronting a trained man of war with only a sling and five smooth stones! David had a revelation of the covenant and was walking in it.
The whole Christian experience is based on revelation, the revelation of Jesus as Lord and Savior, without revelation what we have is a dry stereo type religious experience with people who suffer the same fate as those without a covenant in the hands of their goliaths.
There may come a time in life when Goliath will rise up against you and Saul’s armor fails and what will be needed is the brook experience of David, when that time comes, remember if Saul’s armor failed him, it will fail you too!
Develop a vital relationship with the Lord, learn to visit your brook and receive the revelation you need to put ‘Goliath’ where he belongs.