The Philistines had a champion.
Goliath was his name!
He had been a warrior from his youth.
Intimidation was his game!
He openly defied the armies of Israel,
As he cried, "Give me a man,”
“That we may fight together!"
But, Saul and all Israel ran.
David's three older brothers,
Had gone with King Saul to war,
And Jesse had an errand for David to run.
So, he was sent for.
Jesse sent David, his son,
To see about their kin,
And to take to them an ephah of parched corn,
And loaves numbering ten.
He was also to take ten cheeses,
To the captain over them.
Jesse said to David,
"Son, now run as fast as you can!"
So, David came to the trench,
As the host was going forth to fight.
But, when Goliath came out against them,
Israel was a pitiful sight!
All of the men of Israel,
Were sore afraid and they fled,
When once more they saw Goliath,
And heard the words he said!
Goliath wasn't just defying Israel.
He was defying Israel's God too!
Friend, that was an unwise thing,
For even a giant to do!
David said, "Who is this uncircumcised Philistine,”
“That he should defy”
The armies of the "Living God?"
"He surely deserves to die!"
When King Saul received the report,
Of the words David spoke,
He sent for the young man thinking,
"This surely must be a joke!"
Saul tried to dissuade David by saying,
That Goliath was huge and mean!
But, David said, "Fear not!"
"I'll go and fight this Philistine!"
"My God who delivered me from the paws,”
“Of the lion and the bear,"
"Will protect me from Goliath!"
"I'll go to Him now in prayer!"
Then, David took five smooth stones,
Which he had chosen from the brook,
And put them in his shepherd's bag,
As Goliath took a second look!
All Goliath could see was a ruddy youth,
With a sling and a stone in his hand!
What chance did this "stripling of a youth,"
Have against a giant of a man?
But David saw through "eyes of faith,"
That God would help him out,
While Saul and his cowardly army,
Could only shake their heads in doubt.
David said to Goliath, "You come to me,”
“With spear, shield, and sword,”
“But, I come to you in the name of the Lord!"
David knew that the "battle was the Lord's,"
And clearly not in the hands of man,
And that God would deliver the Philistines,
That day into Israel's hands!
So, young David ran toward Goliath,
With great anticipation,
Spurred on by the hand of God,
The "Rock of his Salvation!"
He put the stone into his sling,
Aimed for Goliath's head,
And as the little stone found its mark,
The mighty giant fell dead!
Then, David took Goliath's own sword,
And triumphantly beheaded him.
So, with God as their Deliverer,
His people were conquerors again!
Robert F. Dotson © 2008