God wanted to be the people’s King. The people chose Saul because he was tall, mighty, and a sure match for the kings of the nations around them. Despite God’s dissent over Israel having a king (because of all the predictable pitfalls), God makes His choice. And David the shepherd-boy never looks back. He learned courage while watching his father’s flocks. These experiences propelled him forward in the face of a truly formidable adversary. When 10 foot tall Goliath taunted Israel, ALL the other soldiers hid in the rocks.
But not the shepherd-psalmist of Israel. Only one of five smooth stones was needed to take down this lion and bear of a man. David’s heart training came through – and the giant came tumbling down. Only a young man who had killed the lion and the bear could vanquish and take the head of the monstrous Philistine. Only a youth named David.
1 Samuel 17.36 “Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; and this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, since he has taunted the armies of the living God.”
Enjoy, warrior reader!