I love reading about the life of David in the Bible. I especially enjoy the part where he fought against Goliath, the giant. You see, David was just a shepherd boy. He spent his days out in the fields with sheep… but he also spent them with the Lord. He passed the lonely hours and days of solitude by tending the animals, singing songs to God, playing his lute, and thinking on the Lord and His care, protection, provision, and promises. (See 1 Samuel 17.)
One day David’s father sent him to the battlefront to take food to his older brothers. When he arrived, Goliath came to the battle line and threatened God’s people—again. He taunted them and put down their God. The result? The Israelite soldiers panicked and fled. But David, who had a fresh perspective because he’d spent so much time focused on God, said, in essence, to the warriors, “Hey! Don’t let that guy talk to you like that! Sure, he’s big, but you’re the army of the living God!” David was like the child who sees things as they are and says it. The shepherd boy could see what the seasoned warriors didn’t see. Because he’d been close to God, he viewed things differently—and accurately.
The same is true for you! When you’re close to God, spending time in His Word, you see clearly. You see a situation for what it is. You possess strength, courage, wisdom, and proper perspective. And all because you’ve been focused on God!
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…”
1 Samuel 17:45