David Was Not A Wimp

The underdog status of David is often overstated. We all know about the seven to nine foot-tall Goliath that he faced. But have you ever really considered what a stud David was? He may have been just a teenager at the time, but he was proficient with the sling. Not the child’s slingshot that most people think of. The sling of ancient times was a weapon of war, used alongside archers with their bows and arrows. An expert with a sling could hurl rocks up to 150 MPH. David was an expert and, as a shepherd, often defended his sheep from fierce predators. Does the following account sound like a wimpy little boy?

Saul replied, “You are not able to go out against this Philistine and fight him; you are only a young man, and he has been a warrior from his youth.” But David said to Saul, “Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it.”

(1 Samuel 17:33-35)

The fact that David fully trusted God is a given. (and I don’t mean to marginalize God’s role by any stretch) But it’s also important for us to realize that David was one bad dude. He grabbed lions by the mane and beat them to death to ensure no animal harmed his flock. We know the rest of the story. Goliath lumbered out into the battlefield, fully armored. David sprinted out to meet him and before Goliath could get one swing, David hurled a perfectly aimed rock right into Goliath’s skull, killing him where he stood. Then David cut off Goliath’s head for good measure and the rest of the Philistines ran away. I would have run, too.

preparation + faith = victory

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