The Philistine champion, Goliath, and David
The Philistines, that type
of the enemy's power, present themselves again with their
champion at their head, against whom no one dares to
fight. David had returned home, and was living in the
simplicity of his usual life.
Although that which
precedes gives the general idea of the position in which
he had been placed, it appears that David had not
remained long with the king (chap. 17: 15). His father
sends him to see his brothers, who are in Saul's army.
There he sees the Philistine who defied the armies of
Israel. Jonathan does not appear here. There is but one
who can destroy this champion, who centres in his own
person all the energy of evil. David's faith sees no
difficulty in it because he sees God, and in the enemy an
enemy of God without strength. He was but one of the
"uncircumcised"; the rest matters little. In
the performance of his ordinary duties David had already
met with difficulties too great for a full-grown man; yet,
although a mere youth, he had overcome them for a very
simple reason"Jehovah delivered." He had
not boasted of this (it was the fulfilment of his duty);
but he had learnt in it the strength and faithfulness of
Jehovah. And this experience is now repeated. Man's
armour is rejected; faith knows it not. God will perform
the work by the most simple means.
in the simplicity of faith
David declares wherein his
strength consists. "I come to thee in the name of
Jehovah of hosts." He then identifies himself with
the people of God. "All the earth shall know that
there is a God in Israel." Remark how the simplicity
of faith rises to the consciousness of power and its
effects in the hands of God (chap. 17: 46). So ever when
God leads the heart.
The stone which sinks into
the forehead of Goliath deprives him of strength and of
life. David cuts off the head of Goliath with his own
sword, like Him who by death destroyed him that had the
power of death.
The whole army of Israel
profits by David's triumph. Saul, who had forgotten him,
will not suffer him to go away. Alas! the flesh, and even
the flesh in rebellion, can love Jehovah's elect on
account of his kindness and the relief he ministers; but
it knows him not. When he is doing Jehovah's work, he is
as much a stranger to Saul as if they had never met.