“Early in the morning David left the flock with a shepherd, loaded up and set out, as Jesse had directed. He reached the camp as the army was going out to its battle positions, shouting the war cry. Israel and the Philistines were drawing up their lines facing each other. David left his things with the keeper of supplies, ran to the battle lines and greeted his brothers. As he was talking with them, Goliath, the Philistine champion from Gath, stepped out from his lines and shouted his usual defiance, and David heard it. When the Israelites saw the man, they all ran from him in great fear.
Now the Israelites had been saying, “Do you see how this man keeps coming out? He comes out to defy Israel. The king will give great wealth to the man who kills him. He will also give him his daughter in marriage and will exempt his father’s family from taxes in Israel.” David asked the men standing near him, “What will be done for the man who kills this Philistine and removes this disgrace from Israel? Who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of the living God? They repeated to him what they had been saying and told him, “This is what will be done for the man who kills him.”
It was the eleventh hour. The Philistine and Israelite armies were getting ready for a big battle. While the Philistine forces polished their weapons and anticipated victory, the people of God were shaking in their shoes, terrified of what they saw as the inevitable outcome of the confrontation! They went through the motions and shouted the battle cry but their own fear was propelling them towards defeat. Their morale was at an all time low.
This was the scenario young David walked into, when his father sent him with supplies of food for his older brothers serving in the forces. David’s mission there went beyond the delivery of food; this was a divine appointment. He was drawn towards the battle lines, and we are told that while he spoke with his brothers, Goliath made his customary appearance to taunt the people of God. The anointing within David was stirred up. While the worthy warriors of Israel turned and ran in fear, David stood there outraged. He was filled with boldness and righteous rage as he saw the taunts of the enemy not as a threat to himself but as a slur against the name of the Almighty. He made enquiries about what rewards would be given to the person who would get rid of Goliath.
For forty days, Goliath had been taunting and mocking the army of God. The daily pressure, morning and evening had worn down the men. They were warriors, trained, tough and rough, but the daily barrage of threats and accusation had worn them down so much, they were more like mice than men, running when they saw Goliath stamping his way out on the mountain!
David was not intimidated. He was a simple shepherd boy, still a child, and the youngest in a large family (1 Samuel 16), but he carried the anointing of God upon his life. His quiet times watching sheep in the desert were spent worshipping God and communing with Him. He saw things not from a worm’s eye view, but from the heavenly perspective. He refused to let this desecration of the name of his God continue. His heart was stirred to fight back! It was a divine calling.
Friends, I want to encourage you to be a David – in your personal life, as well as for your church, your city, your nation. For too long those anti-Christ spirits have been taunting and mocking the Lord, the Kingdom, and the people of God. We have stood by while the name we carry, the name of Yeshua, has been ridiculed and devalued. We have been silent when the church and disciples of the Lord Jesus have been denied the freedom to speak, and the Word of God has been pushed out of institutions. Like the army of Israel, we have sounded an empty battle cry and stood by muted by the spirit of the age. We have not expressed our views or used the authority we have as servants and warriors of the Most High. We have not stood in the gap and interceded at a time when Goliath is stamping further and further into the freedom we know. We have allowed Goliath to intimidate us so much that sometimes we may not even publicly identify ourselves by the name we love – the name that saved us. The voice of evil, the threat of the enemy has sought to stop the growth of the church, the prophetic voice, and the fires of revival, while it stamps steadily even into churches across the world. It is time to rise up! It is time to lift up our heads and our voices. It is time to stop retreating, to turn around, and to hold fast like David did. It is time to put on the armor of God and stand (Ephesians 6:10-18). The battle is the Lord’s but we need to be in position, and in prayer to see His will fulfilled on the earth!
So what can we learn from David?
1) David left his sheep and went to the battle front when his father instructed him. Our Father may have been calling us to a special commission (maybe intercession/warfare prayer) but we may be too busy tending sheep and/or living our busy lives to hear his voice or obey!
2) David was not intimidated by Goliath, although he was huge and horrible; he saw things from a heavenly perspective; he knew that he and God were a majority always!
3) David did not look for someone else to do the job and get rid of Goliath – he offered himself. He was willing to be used by God. This is what God desires – a willing and yielded heart.
4) He saw that there were great rewards in obeying the call and commission of God!
May the fire and the power of God’s blessed Holy Spirit fill you with boldness and enable you to be the holy warrior you were born to be. May the spirit of intercession begin to flow through your life like never before. God has given us the power and the authority to change what has to be changed, and to take back what has been stolen. In this latter hour, there is no time to waste –
God wants his children to rise up and receive the mantle; to declare Kingdom on the earth; to worship and seek His presence, and see ancient walls come crumbling down. He is calling us to become a part of His team. We are the armies of the living God! You are chosen. You are blessed! Be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might! Victory belongs to us!
Minoli Haththotuwa, 18 October, 2010
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