. . . Only A Little Sling

“Only a boy named David
Only a little sling
Only a boy named David
But he could pray and sing

Only a boy named David
Only a rippling brook
Only a boy named David
But five little stones he took.”

I am not sure how David’s timeline is truly laid out, but it seems after his job banishing the evil spirit from King Saul, it was back to tending the sheep. That is where we find him when his next big battle comes around.

The Philistines had showed up to attack God’s people and they had a champion, a giant, Goliath. Instead of battling army vs. army, their champion would go out every morning and issue his challenge. No one dared to face Goliath. He was a menacing and strong warrior. David’s older brothers were in the army, and David was sent by his father to bring them food, nothing more.

When David arrived he was outraged that God’s people were allowing this “uncircumcised Philistine” to insult them and disgrace them. He started asking some questions,

“28 When Eliab, David’s oldest brother, heard him speaking with the men, he burned with anger at him and asked, “Why have you come down here? And with whom did you leave those few sheep in the wilderness? I know how conceited you are and how wicked your heart is; you came down only to watch the battle.”

29 “Now what have I done?” said David. “Can’t I even speak?” 30 He then turned away to someone else and brought up the same matter, and the men answered him as before. 31 What David said was overheard and reported to Saul, and Saul sent for him.

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.”

Saul said to David, “Go, and the Lord be with you.”

38 Then Saul dressed David in his own tunic. He put a coat of armor on him and a bronze helmet on his head. 39 David fastened on his sword over the tunic and tried walking around, because he was not used to them.

“I cannot go in these,” he said to Saul, “because I am not used to them.” So he took them off. 40 Then he took his staff in his hand, chose five smooth stones from the stream, put them in the pouch of his shepherd’s bag and, with his sling in his hand, approached the Philistine.” – 1 Samuel 17: 28-40

Isn’t it interesting that David’s brother, his own family, was the first to doubt him? His brother told him that he was conceited and had a wicked heart. It seems that the ones that are the closest to us, the ones who should be supporting us seem to be the first to wound us, the first to try and deter us. Don’t let it stop you, it didn’t stop David.

Next King Saul tried to dissuade him. Goliath is a warrior, David was a shepherd. Or so Saul thought. Remember the last post when we discussed David? Saul’s servant got it right when he told his King that this boy was a warrior. David had been defending his sheep and depending on God for a while now, he was ready.

Saul tried to help by piling on the strength of men, the strength of this world. He weighed David down with armor and weapons. This world will try to tell us what we need to be strong. It will tell us what we lack and what it can offer; fifteen minutes of this, a self help book for that, seminars to encourage, speakers to empower. Now, all of these things are all well and good, and they can help, but they can never replace the strength we get from our God.

David still had to take a weapon with him, but he only had to take a sling and some stones. We definitely need to be equipped, but we should never rely on our own strength. David said it right when he was talking to Saul about defeating the lion and the bear, “this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. 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.”

You should know how the rest of the story goes.

“45 David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the LordAlmighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.46 This day the Lord will deliver you into my hands, . . . and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. 47 All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.”

“And one little stone went in the sling
And the sling went round and round
And one little stone went in the sling
And the sling went round and round
And round and round
And round and round
And round and round and round
And one little stone went up in the air
And the giant came tumbling down. “

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About KrisFraser

I believe that this world, like me, is falling to pieces. It is trying to find itself, rearrange itself, and establish itself again, and again and again. This blog is me, standing at the edge of a lake, casting the smooth stones to make them skip, and to create as many ripples as I can. View all posts by KrisFraser

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