David Defeated the Underdog, Goliath

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David had the upper hand in this fight

How can I say that David was the favorite, when it is routinely proclaimed David was the long shot?

The obvious answer is that David was ordained by God. However, was it simply divine intervention that prevailed?

Frankly, I find that to be a dangerous lesson to grasp. To simply pray that God will change our lives misses the point of this (and almost every other) story of the Bible. It was not an accident, surprise or upset that David beat Goliath. To understand this story requires focus on the reality of winning.

First, to understand battle, it is necessary to dissect it into its fundamental components, then analyze each. Just so you can understand what all I examined to make this bold statement, review the components of battle:

Will to win
Attitude
Confidence
Practice
Justice vs. Injustice
Intention to win
Strategy
Knowledge
Knowledge of the competition
Focus
Concentration
Battle components
Tactics

Indeed, a battle is not just a fight. There are many components on this list. They must all be woven together to create proper battle flow to win.

Note that I Samuel 16:7 says, “Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” That precedes God even selecting David to fight Goliath, much less the battle itself. We could write infinite stories of that passage, and it is one of the most important concepts of the Word of God. In this instance, it is a warning to think this through, not just look at the surface picture.

Goliath was nine feet tall, and David was a shepherd. Looking at outward appearance, Goliath would be the odds on favorite. In that role of shepherd, though, it is told that David fought lions, tigers and bears. God knew that, of course. Those are animals that kill every day to survive, and they are well known as the most ferocious killers.

David had perfected killing the killers. It was obvious that he was victorious against them, or he would have already been killed. He had worshipped God, and God had molded him to use for this important purpose. Are you honing your skills to allow God to choose you to glorify Him for His kingdom?

David had practiced repeatedly to fight the wild animals, and his fights against them were practice to do God’s will against Goliath.

What did David actually do in the battle? First, he tossed aside Saul’s armor, and chose not to wear it. He knew that it would be useless. If he got within Goliath’s reach, he would be killed, armor or none. He knew that.

In the battle, Goliath came toward David. He mocked God, and David replied in I Samuel 17:45-46, “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. This day, the Lord will hand you over to me, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head.”

David not only exemplified immense confidence, but he also scared Goliath with showing that confidence to him in the battle. David was hardly meek or asking for mercy.

In the important tactical maneuver, David rushed at Goliath. This threw Goliath off guard because it was not the battle he typically fought. That froze Goliath, even if only for a brief moment. Do you know how we freeze when we are afraid? It is very hard to land a bullseye with a slingshot when the enemy is on the move. David seized the opportunity when he had a shot.

In I Samuel:48-49, “David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet him. Reaching into his bag and taking out a stone, he slung it and struck the Philistine (Goliath) on the forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell face down on the ground.”

Look back at the battle components list, can you now see how David was the favorite against Goliath in most or all of those components? What do you want to win? Have you done the work for God to call on you to serve Him? Are you practicing for that moment in your everyday routine? Are you voting for God? He warns that if we are not for Him, we are against Him.

God expects us to go through the work necessary for Him to use us for His perfect plan. David was a classic example that God can groom us through what seems to all to be a mundane role. If we do our work to perfection, then God is proud to show His glory through our victories. If He does not choose you, don’t let it be because you have nothing for Him to choose for victory. He chose David precisely because He knew that the humble David would win. It was not His will to embarrass David in defeat. It is not His will to embarrass you in defeat either, and it is unnecessary to consider losing if we prepare perfectly.

ITMH exists to prepare you to serve God and realize your goals. Whatever you are doing, it is important if you are in His will for you. In His timing, He has a perfect plan for you. We pray that you will use the free resources we have painstakingly prepared for you to win for Him. Vote for God. His administration is perfect.

If you think that you are the underdog, we encourage you to dissect what is necessary for you to come out of your battle the victor. Go through the list of battle components , and plan exactly what you must do to win the battles God has chosen you to fight. Then, leave it up to Him to call you at the time that He has chosen. Go into your work for Him as the favorite. Few will work hard enough to beat you.

There is so much to be done. God bless you.

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