Facing Giants With Confidence

King David- A Man After God’s Own Heart

Facing Giants With Confidence

Sunday, January 17th, 2021

 

Welcome!  Who is grateful for the freedom we have to worship our Lord today? Truly-let us never neglect to lift up praises to God that we can openly gather in person/ online and sing out in worship, pray in worship and hear His Word in worship! Not everyone in this world has this privilege. Let us not neglect it ever but let us give thanks and embrace this gift we have daily! Let us make collective worship our treasure and priority for it is what God calls us to do-continue to gather and build one another up in the Spirit. This is what brings about unity over division; love over hate; and understanding over judgment towards others. It is His Spirit that binds us together. It is His love flowing in each of us that allows us to love others. The power of the Church is in the unity of His Church! The devil cannot stand against His Church when we stand together united in purpose and heart! He has no weapons, no strength, no tactics more powerful than a Church unified in the name of Jesus Christ! Let us remember this in these days and never give the enemy a foothold to divide the church of the Living God! Amen! 

 

Let us pray and invite the Holy Spirit to rise up in each of us and remind us who we are in Christ! Let us praise our Living God for the majesty, wonder and sovereignty He holds! 

 

We have started a new series looking at the life, the heart and the leadership of King David. We talked about why he was known as the Sweet Psalmist of Israel last week and how he made worshiping God a lifestyle. Every series and message this year, will have us look at people and lessons from the Bible who exemplified and taught how to Go Forth in God’s Spirit. This is so important for us to understand and remember as we are still navigating many uncertainties ahead. God is calling us to Go Forth-but not alone. He is calling us to Go Forth in His Spirit and His power. He is calling us to Go Forth-but not in fear or worry; rather in confidence because we know we have heaven’s armies fighting for us. He is calling us to Go Forth in courage and to be strong in these times

 

Today we’re going to look at David who modeled and lived these commands all his life-even as a young teenage boy. David showed us how to face our giants in life with confidence. Not a confidence in our own ability or wisdom, but a confidence that cannot be shaken that comes when you know the Living God stands beside you as the roaring Lion of Jacob. Nothing can stand against God Almighty who fights for us. 

 

The key for us to learn and heed from David is, do we believe this? 

 

Do you believe heaven’s armies stand in formation ready to fight every battle on your behalf? Do you believe the One, True Living God goes before you and hems you in from every side and lets out His battle cry when the enemy taunts you? 

 

David believed this and never doubted for one second the faithfulness and victory of His God when he would take his stance to fight. Faith is about believing in who He is and standing on that truth in the face of the enemy. 

Let me just clarify, if you don’t know God well enough to believe this without a doubt, then that is where you need to begin-getting to know God, who He truly is. He reveals Himself in His Word and through prayer. Seek Him! 

You all likely know this story-it’s a great one to teach children about the face off between young David and the giant known as Goliath. But we tend to forget this powerful story as adults; we forget the important lessons we learn from David as giants come against us in life. Rest assured they will come and for many of you, they have already several times over. We all have a choice to make when giants rise up in our life who want to crush us- we can cower and hide and virtually stop living like Israel did, or we can run to the battle lines and face our giants head on calling upon God Almighty to fight for us, like David did. 

 

Let’s recall a few facts about this time to set the scene. David had already been anointed by God to become Israel’s king…at some point. When was not clear to anyone, but the anointing and favor of God was clearly in David’s life. Everyone could see it. When David was anointed by God, the anointing that had been on Saul had been removed. He no longer had the favor of God upon him and was filled with a troubling spirit instead. We would call it depression and anxiety these days.

Saul was deeply troubled, often going forward and his advisors said he needed someone who could play the harp to calm his spirit and thoughts. They summoned David who was known to be very good and was also known to have God with him. Saul responded favorably to David’s playing and kept him around until war broke out. Saul no longer had time for music and David was too young for battle and was only seen as more of the artsy, creative, dreamer type. Not a warrior or soldier by any means. David was not a tall man either at that point. Saul could not see what God could see in David so Saul sent David home to be with his father. David’s older brothers were sent to fight however. 

 

Jesse, David’s father, wanted David to take some food and check on his brothers to see how they were doing. So David who had been tending sheep once again, found someone to fill in, and eagerly left to go check out the situation for Israel and his brothers. Now they had been there awhile- 40 days had passed by. The Philistines had an advantage of this giant man-enormous in every way that towered over people. To give you an idea of his strength-his armor coat weighed in around 78 or more pounds, his spear was at least 17 pounds on the head alone. He was likely somewhere between 8-9 feet tall and massive. He was raised as a warrior to fight and kill.

The Philistines sent this massive machine of destruction out to taunt the Israelites and each morning and evening for 40 days, Goliath would come out and yell, “ Choose a man and have him come down to me. If he is able to fight and kill me, we will become your subjects; but if I overcome him and kill him, you will become our subjects and serve us.” “This day I defy the armies of Israel! Give me a man and let us fight each other.” 11 On hearing the Philistine’s words, Saul and all the Israelites were dismayed and terrified.  (1 Samuel 17).

Saul who was king-was terrified and just plain lost as a leader. We don’t know where he was in all of this for 40 days, but he surely wasn’t leading his army or modeling hope, bravery, courage, or strategy. 

David came up to check on his brothers just in time to hear Goliath taunting them again. 

The warrior spirit that had always been within David rose up and he was having none of it! David bravely shouted out to the men around him, “Who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of the living God?” (1 Samuel 17).  

David’s oldest brother finds out what David was shouting and he scolds him and tries to tell him to go home-“Just go back to tending sheep. What are you doing here? You are not fit to be here.” He didn’t see what God saw either.

That didn’t stop David. He went right to Saul. Afterall, they had a good connection and he had Saul’s favor at that time and this is what young David, a teenager, says to the king of Israel: 

1 Samuel 17: 32-37 NIV

32 David said to Saul, “Let no one lose heart on account of this Philistine; your servant will go and fight him.”

33 Saul replied, “You are not able to go out against this Philistine and fight him; you are only a young man, and he has been a warrior from his youth.”

34 But David said to Saul, “Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, 35 I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. 36 Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. 37 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.”

Our giants may not physically look like Goliath-or maybe they do in some ways.

Maybe there are people we have faced in our life at some time who seem larger than life to us and untouchable. Maybe they have appeared absolutely terrifying as Goliath did to the Israelites. Maybe it’s a sickness that comes upon us, the dreaded C word that we hear. Maybe it’s piling up of bills that seem to grow higher than a mountain. Maybe it’s that degree we’re trying to eek out that seems so far away yet or extra weight that seems impossible to shed, or an addiction that taunts us over and over like Goliath did that we’re too weak to overcome, or a failing relationship and we wonder how we’ll climb up out of the pit that seems like there are endless walls that never reach the top. Maybe it’s the voice in our head that won’t stop knocking us down and it just keeps taunting us over and over. Maybe it’s looking at our nation and feeling like how can we ever come together again?  

We will all face giants in our life. They come in all shapes, sizes and packages.

None of us will go through life without running into giants. Are we going to run and hide from them, are we going to stand motionless paralyzed in fear as we listen to their daily taunts, or are we going to face them head on with confidence? 

I hope we all choose the latter, but do so, calling on the power of God and heaven’s armies to fight with us before we run into battle. To face the giants in our life with confidence we have to: 

  • Have a Warrior Spirit

Author Ron Bishop stated, “David was first a warrior in the Spirit, then a man’s man warrior.”  Ron went on to write, “worshipers like David may not look like they have the spine of a man of war, but when the Holy Spirit works in their hearts, they will be transformed into men of war on the inside.” 

1 Samuel 17:26 26 David asked the men standing near him, “What will be done for the man who kills this Philistine and removes this disgrace from Israel? Who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of the living God?”     

David proceeded to tell Saul the story of how he was able to fend off lions and bears as he was tending to the care and protection of his father’s sheep. He was saying, I may look small and I know I don’t look like the other warriors, but I can hold my own.       

When trouble came, the warrior within David rose to the occasion and became ready to take it on-whatever form it came in. Notice he gave credit to God for rescuing him and giving him strength to overcome those animals and had absolute confidence that if God did it then, He would do it with Goliath too. 

God responds to the level of our faith in Him.                                                                                  

Paul knew and believed in this truth as well in New Testament times. He was speaking to Christians in Rome this very truth to stand in when giants rise up. 

Romans 8:31 31 What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?

There is un unshakable power and confidence when we believe this and let the warrior spirit within us rise up. Remember Jesus is both the lamb and the Lion. He willingly laid down His life for us as the sacrificial lamb on  heaven’s altar, out of love. And when someone comes against His people He stands in front of them like a roaring lion who will never back down. It’s His warrior Spirit we are calling on when the giants call out to us. 

When David heard Goliath taunting the armies of the living God the warrior within rose up ready for battle. 

1 Samuel 17:32 Let no one lose heart, your servant will go and fight.        

                                                        

  • Trust in God Over Weapons

To face giants with confidence we have to put our trust in God Almighty over everything else. David would not wear the armor Saul tried to give him because it was cumbersome and he wasn’t used to it. He chose to face Goliath with what he knew how to use, some stones and a slingshot. Goliath took one look at young David and his slingshot and thought Israel was trying to mock him. It angered him that a boy would stand before him without even proper armor or sword to properly fight. 

David knew if God was for him, he didn’t need all that. He knew that God would take the stones and slingshot and make it a mighty weapon against the enemy because God delights God in choosing what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong. The slingshot and a young teenage boy would be perfect to bring glory to God and send the enemy running in shame. 

David with every bit of courage he had called out to Goliath and said: 

1 Samuel 17: 45 “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.

When the giants come-what are you putting your trust in as you prepare for battle? Yourself? You will find out quickly you won’t be strong enough many times. Others? They too have limits. Your money? Your power? Your possessions being built up around you?  

May we like David, trust in God alone over weapons/things/politics/power and self. Everything else is sinking sand. Everything else is limited and will fail at some point.                                                                       

Psalm 20:7 Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.

 

  • Run to the Heat of Battle  

To confidently face giants-we can’t stick our head in the sand and we can’t stand shaking in our boots. We have to run to the heat of battle like David did-confident God is with us. 

David saw the enemy and knew he had no time to waste in defeating him. Israel let 40 days pass by and all it did was increase their fear and weaken their confidence. They were paralyzed.

Have you been there where you let so much time pass and the giant only seems bigger and bigger in your life? 

Israel only saw their smaller stature in comparison to Goliath. What they forgot was they had an entire army and would always be stronger together. We can liken this to the Church God connects us to. We are always stronger together-always.

They forgot they were chosen by God as His people and He would never let them be defeated if they remained faithful to Him. They forgot how many times God had rescued their people and how He brought them up out of Egypt and parted the Red Sea for them. How He stopped the flow of the Jordan for them to cross over and how He gave them victory over every enemy they fought so they could truly inhabit the land promised to them.

Wasn’t He the same God? If He could hand over every enemy before, surely He could do it again, right? How could they forget this? How can we forget this?  They were no longer focused on the awesomeness of God; they were focused on their lack compared to the massive giant in front of them. 

David had his focus on God Almighty because he was a true worshiper of God. He kept Him and His majesty in focus at all times because He kept God as a treasure in his heart. He didn’t wait until fear rose up and consumed him. He saw the enemy taunting him and ran quickly to prepare for battle proclaiming the power of His God. 

1 Samuel 17:48-49  48 As the Philistine moved closer to attack him, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet him. 49 Reaching into his bag and taking out a stone, he slung it and struck the Philistine on the forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell face down on the ground.

 

We see this same truth with King Jehoshaphat as they faced enemy armies much bigger than theirs. The king followed the example of David, was true to God and cried out to God for deliverance, protection and favor. 

Here is what the king proclaimed to God before the people of Israel as a reminder of who God is and to honor God’s all-mighty power and faithfulness. 

Lord, the God of our ancestors, are you not the God who is in heaven? You rule over all the kingdoms of the nations. Power and might are in your hand, and no one can withstand you. Our God, did you not drive out the inhabitants of this land before your people Israel and give it forever to the descendants of Abraham your friend? They have lived in it and have built in it a sanctuary for your Name, saying, ‘If calamity comes upon us, whether the sword of judgment, or plague or famine, we will stand in your presence before this temple that bears your Name and will cry out to you in our distress, and you will hear us and save us.’  2 Chronicles 20: 6-9

Here is how God responded as His Spirit came upon a Levite, to their faith and proclamation of God’s promise: 

 2 Chronicles 20:17 17 You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the Lord will give you, Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the Lord will be with you.’”

 

Conclusion:  David did not let his age, stature or lack of experience hold him back from being a mighty warrior on God’s team. He was a warrior in the spirit and at the ready to witness to Almighty God even when it meant facing a giant. His confidence was in God and God always proved faithful. May we Go Forth to face the giants in our life knowing no one can stand against us when God is for us.

Let’s pray.  Heavenly Father, God Almighty, Sovereign Lord we exalt Your name above every other name. You are God alone and there is none like You. May Your name be praised and glorified throughout the ends of the earth and may all creation testify to Your majesty and power! Thank You Lord that we can freely worship and praise You. Thank You for joining us together as One through Your Spirit. Thank You that what You have spoken we can trust and stand on as truth. Lord You place Your Spirit in us as we believe in Your Son and receive Jesus as our Lord and Savior. We are no longer our own person, but we become joined to the Body of Christ and have Your presence, the Living God, dwelling in us. Help us to remember this as giants rise up to come against us and taunt us. Let us not be consumed by their size and power; let us be consumed with the greatness of who You are God! Help us Father to face our giants with confidence as David did, because we trust in You and Your promises over us. Help us to have a warrior Spirit rise up that will run to the battle line and stand ready for the battle, believing You are on the front lines with us. Help us today and every day believe that if You God are for us, no one and nothing can stand against us. Thank You Father God for Your protection, salvation, courage and strength. We love You and praise You always. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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