1 Samuel 17: 50b But there was no sword in the hand of David. 51 Therefore David ran and stood over the Philistine, took his sword and drew it out of its sheath and killed him, and cut off his head with it.
Running is a way to increase speed and therefore momentum. Once David was in motion with a clear cut vision he began to run and kept on running. He ran toward Goliath while going through the process of finding a stone and slinging it. When Goliath toppled over, he ran to him and did the next thing. He ran toward the goal until the enemy turned and fled. I like those words in Proverbs 4: 11 I have taught you in the way of wisdom; I have led you in right paths. 12 When you walk, your steps will not be hindered, And when you run, you will not stumble. Many verses which talk about not stumbling also talk about walking in the light, living by God’s wisdom and instruction. Someone trained in the ways of God and walking in His will runs in the moment of action, increasing speed and momentum, and will not stumble at the promises or the destined goal.
1 Samuel 17: 34 But David said to Saul, “Your servant used to keep his father’s sheep, and when a lion or a bear came and took a lamb out of the flock, 35 I went out after it and struck it, and delivered the lamb from its mouth; and when it arose against me, I caught it by its beard, and struck and killed it. 36 Your servant has killed both lion and bear; and this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, seeing he has defied the armies of the living God.”
Responsibility: How do we feel about responsibility? How do we take on the charge of the Lord, whether in the church or in a secular place? Are we happy to be in charge: Do we do the things that only please us and appeal to us, leaving the rest for others to do? Do we complain about the duties, the responsibility, the chain of command, those we serve, and those above us? David was a man after God’s own heart: one whose attitude pleased God. David was given the job that nobody wanted but he took it on with passion and commitment. He was a loyal servant of his father, Jesse. He took care of the sheep diligently, often facing danger and going beyond the call to keep the sheep safe. This is the way we are to discharge our service and our responsibility: Honoring those who have charged us, and caring for the charges we have been given. For this sake we must understand the call: job description. We must have a clear sense of the vision of the charger, and well defined goals. Although we must pay attention to details, we cannot get lost in them.We must go the full nine yards and more. We must discharge our duties with faith, courage, diligence and passion. David had this attitude. Even though he had big dreams; even though he had been anointed king, David was the best shepherd his father’s sheep had ever had. He learned courage, skill and faith right there in that lowliest place while he was serving as a good shepherd and a good steward. The right attitude as servants of the Lord will carry us over to divine destiny. God knows the path and He will train you where he has placed you. Bless His holy name.
1 Samuel 17:50 So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone, and struck the Philistine and killed him. But there was no sword in the hand of David. 51 Therefore David ran and stood over the Philistine, took his sword and drew it out of its sheath and killed him, and cut off his head with it. And when the Philistines saw that their champion was dead, they fled.
Nothing else can do the work of the Sword of the Spirit. Ephesians 6:17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; 18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication…” To finish the work of defeating the enemy, David had to go beyond toppling him with a stone. He needed a sword. It was only after unsheathing and using the sword that all of the Philistines fled. The Sword of the Spirit accomplishes the fullness of victory. The word of God is the sword of the Spirit.
1 Samuel 17:49 Then David put his hand in his bag and took out a stone; and he slung it and struck the Philistine in his forehead, so that the stone sank into his forehead, and he fell on his face to the earth.
To be prepared– to find everything as prepared and ready to go is important in keeping the momentum of the actions of faith. Take sometime to prepare and to think through a process. Take some time to train and practice and even to do so while moving. And on the day the action will achieve the expected results with the help of God, and you will be confident in the face of the challenge. The stone struck, the stone sunk in. The stone David slung, felled the giant.
1 Samuel 17:48 So it was, when the Philistine arose and came and drew near to meet David, that David hurried and ran toward the army to meet the Philistine.
After all has been said, discussed, debated, prayed and declared, there must be the meeting– this is the Climax of faith. One may have to meet a certain day, or a certain person or a certain event at the set time, whether one had it pencilled in a diary or it just happened suddenly. Some go hesitantly– haltingly. Others may never set out at all for that meeting. Others start out and turnaround, and others may run the other way. Let us see what David did at the set time for destiny. The Philistine, unafraid and trusting in his own strength, drew near. He, too, was going toward the moment of his destiny. Suddenly we see David, possessed of greater momentum hurrying, then running to meet the Philistine. It was time and he just drove forward, trusting himself to the Lord. Everything would happen during this drawing near and meeting. David’s commitment, courage and faith translated to power and speed. This reminds me Proverbs 4: 12 “When you walk, your steps will not be hindered, and when you run, you will not stumble.” This is a word for the instructed of the Lord, those who are walking in His right paths.
1 Samuel 17:46 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. 47 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.”
When the battle is the Lord’s then it is for His glory, and not “merely” our deliverance. If the battle is the Lord’s then the righteous outcome must be the earth knowing of this God and his salvation through the Lord Jesus Christ and that He is unlimited by the limitations of this world. The battle that belongs to the Lord requires that a person of faith make a stand that does not waver in the face of adverse circumstances. It requires forthright faith declarations and actions from the person who has chosen by his or her faith to make that stance. The battle that belongs to the Lord means that a small action from the person of faith results in an amazing victory, thus showing the hand of the Lord.
1 Samuel 17:45 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.
Goliath went forth in his own name and we know there was some power in that because all of Israel was too frightened to take him on. All of Israel except David. Why was David different? Because David knew of another name of so much more power! This name was allied to him by covenant. David knew that God would respond to His name by power when used by a covenant person, and when used in faith for righteous goals. Did you know that the power was in a name?
Philippians 2: 9 Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, 11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Ephesians 3:20 Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, 21 to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.