A Sure Defense

Choosing to stand for the Lord is a victory—no matter the outcome of the battle.

1 Samuel 17:1-53

David’s battle with Goliath was more than a fight between two nations. It was a defense of Jehovah’s name and a challenge to those who doubted His supremacy.

King Saul doubted that the young man could be victorious over a seasoned warrior like Goliath. But as David pointed out in today’s passage, the only way a boy with a sling could defeat the giant Philistine was by the Lord’s hand (1 Samuel 17:37). In confronting Goliath, David showed courage, but what really drove him was righteous indignation: “For who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he has dared to defy the armies of the living God?” (1 Samuel 17:26).

Today this narrative is often read merely as a triumphant underdog tale. Modern audiences may take comfort in the belief that they’ll never have to deal with such a scenario. But the real story is that David stood up for God, and there are times when we should do the same. We don’t need a degree to defend our faith. Our “smooth stones” (1 Samuel 17:40) are the truths we’ve learned from the Bible. Just remember that whatever the outcome, the battle is the Lord’s (1 Samuel 17:47), and He gives victory to the faithful.