David feels no fear of this Philistine, because the LORD is with

him. He tells Saul that he need not let his heart within him faint,

because of this problem with the giant. David calls himself, Saul’s

servant and says, he will go and fight Goliath.

     I Samuel 17:33 “And Saul said to David, Thou art not able to go

against this Philistine to fight with him: for thou [art but] a youth,

and he a man of war from his youth.”

     Saul was looking at the physical strength of this youth, and not

at the Spirit within him. Saul had difficulty understanding things of

the Spirit. He tries to explain to David that he is too small, too

young, and too inexperienced to go against the giant.

     I Samuel 17:34 “And David said unto Saul, Thy servant kept his

father’s sheep, and there came a lion, and a bear, and took a lamb out

of the flock:” I Samuel 17:35 “And I went out after him, and smote

him, and delivered [it] out of his mouth: and when he arose against

me, I caught [him] by his beard, and smote him, and slew him.”

     The incidents with the bear and the lion were actually two

different instances. There were bears and lions in this area at the

time of David. In fact, they were feared greatly by the shepherds

tending their sheep. David is telling this to Saul to make him realize

that he has no fear of Goliath. He, also, is saying that Goliath would

be no worse foe, than the lion, or the bear, which he had killed


     I Samuel 17:36 “Thy servant slew both the lion and the bear: and

this uncircumcised Philistine shall be as one of them, seeing he hath

defied the armies of the living God.”

     The thing that angered David worse than anything else, was the

fact that this giant is actually coming against God, when he comes

against God’s people. David truly believes that he can kill Goliath.

     I Samuel 17:37 “David said moreover, The LORD that delivered me

out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will

deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine. And Saul said unto

David, Go, and the LORD be with thee.”

     David was very well aware that the strength he had to kill the

bear and the lion was not his own, but the strength of God within him.

He believes God will be with him, as he fights Goliath. David is so

confident, that it convinces Saul. Saul tells him to go ahead and do

  1. Saul knows that when the LORD is with someone, he can do

miraculous things. Saul speaks the blessing on David, “the LORD be

with thee”.

Rev. M H. Stevens, Th.D.