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
- Saul knows that when the LORD is with someone, he can do
miraculous things. Saul speaks the blessing on David, “the LORD be
Rev. M H. Stevens, Th.D.