This Sunday we’ll dig into one of the most popular stories in all of the Bible, the account of David and Goliath in 1 Samuel 17. With any popular story, the more it is told the more likely it is that there will be a vast number of interpretations. This certainly rings true for our story! The phrase “David and Goliath” is famously used to refer to an underdog that defeats what was thought to be an unbeatable opponent, but is that really what God is communicating to us through this passage of Scripture—that under the right circumstances and with the right amount of grit we will be victorious? I think you know the answer!

While this certainly is a story recounting the great faith that David exhibited and his unthinkable victory over Goliath, there is so much more going on! The lessons that we can draw from this passage far exceed the simple hope of “conquering our giants.” This story is about faith, no doubt, but even more than that this is an account of God’s grace to his children as an expression of his glory. It foreshadows an even greater battle that God will fight on behalf of his people. To us, the people of the New Covenant, the Church, it is a reminder of what our Champion has done for us! When we were frozen in fear by the booming voice of our enemy, God sent forth Jesus in grace and in one fell swoop slayed our oppressor!

I am really looking forward to digging into this text with you on Sunday. Let’s pray that the Lord would be glorified, that Christ would be exalted, and that the Spirit would fill us as we gather together!

In Christ,

Tyler Kirkpatrick