Today, well identify what made David a good target and give some keys for young people to prepare themselves to receive the baton for advancing the kingdom of God. Most have no doubt that youth have the passion- the ability to actually run- The question is Can you carry the baton? Lets begin our discussion with a review of the story of David and Goliath.
A Quick Refresher
Philistine Army on the N side of the valley, Israel on the S side (1 Sa. 17:1-3)
Goliath the 9 foot giant steps out and issues the challenge: A Duel at High Noon, Winner takes all (1 Sa. 17:4-10)
Israel is terrified, and delays 40 days and nights (1 Sa. 17:11, 16)
David is sent to the battle line to bring lunch to his brothers (and a commander) (1 Sa. 17:17-22)
David finds out whats going on and gets an audience before the king (1 Sa. 17:23-36)
David persuades Saul to let him fight Goliath and takes his sling and stones and defeats Goliath (1 Sa. 17:37-52)
Did you know that Goliath had an armor bearer? He had a young man (I would suspect) who had to carry his enormous shield out before him. Look at 1 Samuel 17:41-42
Comments on 1 Samuel 17:41-42
David approaches Goliath appearing to be without any usual warfare weapons, while Goliath approaches with an armor bearer and a sword, a spear and a javelin (v. 45)
Goliath is offended that Israel sent a youth to fight him.
Goliath notices he was handsome? Jealous much?
Sheer faith was Davids greatest weapon.
How did Davids faith grow into a Giant Champion conquering faith? What proved Davids readiness to fight such a monumental battle? The keys to these questions are found in the decisions and choices David made as he was growing up.
1. David took personal responsibility for all he was given.
Remember where David was when Samuel came looking for Israels next king? I Samuel 16:11
He was tending the sheep.
Before delivering lunch to his brothers on the frontline, he left the flock with a keeper. (1Sa 17:20) He didnt leave his past responsibility for the new one of delivering lunch. He added the responsibility of delivering lunch to his current duties.
Hired hands werent required to give their life defending anothers sheep. They were simply to bring back the maimed sheep, to prove they hadnt sold it or kept it for themselves, and the shepherd would relieve their responsibility.
David risked his life for his fathers sheep. (1 Sa. 17:35-37) Note: He didnt just throw stones from a distance, he chased down lions and bears to rescue the lambs they would take.
I seized him by his beard
Application: Youth we need to take full responsibility for what were given until relieved of duty. No matter how large or small, taking responsibility for what were given is a test of our character. We need to be known as someone who follows through with what were given.
2. David was known as a worshipper of God.
1 Samuel 16:7
but the Lord looks at the heart. This wasnt only a statement to teach Samuel something about the mind of God, it was a statement to reflect a piece of Davids character. God, knowing Davids inward position, had chosen him to become king.
1 Samuel 16:18
and the Lord is with him. Gods presence in Him was known by others.
Look at some of the statements he made as he was disturbed by Goliaths taunting of Israel:
- 1Sa 17:26, 36 Who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should taunt the armies of the living God?
- 1Sa 17:32 Let no mans heart fail on account of him; your servant will go and fight with this Philistine.
- 1Sa 17:37 The Lord who delivered me
He will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.
- 1Sa 17:45-46
I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts
This day the Lord will deliver you into my hands
that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel
Application: Youth we need to put ourselves into worshipping God faithfully so that our words and actions reflect that of God getting more and more glory. Our work is not to our credit, but our work is to glorify God!
3. David endured criticism and judgmental attitudes with humility.
Davids own father didnt give him worth. (1Sa 16:11)
Davids own brother accused him of being wicked and irresponsible. (1Sa 17:28) Note: Eliab was the first to be rejected as Israels next king. David was chosen. Do you think this had something to do with Eliabs comments?
Davids human king declares Davids inability to fight simply because of his age. (1Sa 17:33)
Davids enemy (no surprise) cursed him by his gods. (1Sa 17:43)
Application: Youth we shouldnt be surprised if people around us, even family, question our commitment to Christ or our character. We do not have the test of time on our side. Do not become embittered towards those who question you, but humbly walk out what Gods given over to you to do.
Why did God favor David in taking on Goliath?
He took his responsibilities seriously.
He worshipped God and wanted the utmost praise for the Lord only.
He endured those who were suspect of him with humility.
To be given more ministry to expand the kingdom of God, these characteristics must be in place in our lives. As responsible, worshipping, unoffendable men and women of God, leaders will be drawn to pass the baton to you because youre an incredible target! Would you today surrender your life to the Lord and ask Him for these characteristics to rise in you?
What stuck out to you as we revisited the story of David and Goliath?
Out of the three traits (Responsibility, Worship, Humility), which are you looking forward to growing in?
Whats your vision of your ministry future? What doors do you hope God will open for you to expand His kingdom?