King David – a man after God’s own heart. Would you just love to be referred to as a man or woman after God’s own heart? What did David have? Several things: a teachable heart, humility, a desire to “dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of his life,” and BOLDNESS. David was bold.
John Bevere is a popular pastor and author. He wrote one of my favorite books, Bait of Satan. He also wrote another wonderful book:
Breaking Intimidation: Say “No” Without Feeling Guilty, Be Secure Without The Approval of Man!
Like Bait of Satan, his Breaking Intimidation book is filled with many universal truths.
Take Chapter 8. The author describes boldness as compared to being intimidated this way, “Intimidation causes a person to draw back, while boldness lunges forward even in the face of opposition.” As we face life’s circumstances, problems, adversities, basically opposition, we can easily buckle under all the weight on our shoulders! It is too much, and it is not how God designed it!
Remember we have a heavenly father, a dad. He loves us, and He promised never to leave us! So let’s learn how to have David’s boldness!
“For God has not given us a Spirit of fear, but of power and of love and soundness of mind.”
Boldness comes from the virtues of power, love and soundness of mind. God has given this to us. Let’s look at David’s story, and see what it looks like in action.
David said in Psalm 27: 1 “The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid.” These were not empty words. These are words that David lived by. He had the power of God. Do you know why? It is because he knew God, intimately like a son knows his dad.
1 Samuel 17: 1-11:
"The Philistines now mustered their army for battle and camped between Socoh in Judah and Azekah at Ephes-dammim. Saul countered by gathering his Israelite troops near the valley of Elah. So the Philistines and Israelites faced each other on opposite hills, with the valley between them.
Then Goliath, a Philistine champion from Gath, came out of the Philistine ranks to face the forces of Israel. He was over nine feet tall! He wore a bronze helmet, and his bronze coat of mail weighed 125 pounds. He also wore bronze leg armor, and he carried a bronze javelin on his shoulder. The shaft of his spear was as heavy and thick as a weaver’s beam, tipped with an iron spearhead that weighed 15 pounds. His armor bearer walked ahead of him carrying a shield.
Goliath stood and shouted a taunt across to the Israelites. “Why are you all coming out to fight?” he called. “I am the Philistine champion, but you are only the servants of Saul. Choose one man to come down here and fight me! If he kills me, then we will be your slaves. But if I kill him, you will be our slaves! I defy the armies of Israel today! Send me a man who will fight me!” When Saul and the Israelites heard this, they were terrified and deeply shaken.
A couple of points: Goliath was no ordinary soldier, he stood 10 ½ feet, and the weight of all his armor was 200 lbs."
When you look at the situations in your life right now - do they seem like Goliath circumstances? Goliath challenges? Goliath issues?
We can identify with the Israelites! When we are facing tough times, financial, marriage, our children, can’t you understand the feeling, “dismayed and greatly afraid?”
David was the 8th son of Jesse of Bethlehem. The Bible tells us that his 3 older brothers served in the Army under King Saul. David, being the youngest was out tending to the family’s sheep, probably playing the harp because he knew he had a father, a protector, and he was content. He was not afraid.
1 Samuel 17: 17-23:
"One day Jesse said to David, “Take this basket of roasted grain and these ten loaves of bread, and carry them quickly to your brothers. And give these ten cuts of cheese to their captain. See how your brothers are getting along, and bring back a report on how they are doing.” David’s brothers were with Saul and the Israelite army at the valley of Elah, fighting against the Philistines.
So David left the sheep with another shepherd and set out early the next morning with the gifts, as Jesse had directed him. He arrived at the camp just as the Israelite army was leaving for the battlefield with shouts and battle cries. Soon the Israelite and Philistine forces stood facing each other, army against army. David left his things with the keeper of supplies and hurried out to the ranks to greet his brothers. As he was talking with them, Goliath, the Philistine champion from Gath, came out from the Philistine ranks. Then David heard him shout his usual taunt to the army of Israel.
David could not believe his ears, not about Goliath’s size but the reaction of his brothers and the soldiers."
Verses 24 and 25:
"As soon as the Israelite army saw him, they began to run away in fright. “Have you seen the giant?” the men asked. “He comes out each day to defy Israel. The king has offered a huge reward to anyone who kills him. He will give that man one of his daughters for a wife, and the man’s entire family will be exempted from paying taxes!"
Now, remember David understood that God had not given him a spirit of fear but instead “a spirit of power, love and of sound mind.” In earlier chapters, God had protected David when he was a confronted by a lion and a bear. So David knew God. Also, remember Psalm 105?
“…Search for the Lord and for his strength, continually seek him. Remember the wonders he has performed, his miracles, and the rulings he has given, you children of his servant Abraham?”
Because David remembered the many times when God came through in the past, he was bold when he responded to his brother.
"David asked the soldiers standing nearby, “What will a man get for killing this Philistine and ending his defiance of Israel? Who is this pagan Philistine anyway, that he is allowed to defy the armies of the living God?”
How do you think his brothers responded? Were they like, “awe, look at our little brother? We are so proud of him?”
No! They were furious – David just humiliated them…they were offended.
"But when David’s oldest brother, Eliab, heard David talking to the men, he was angry. “What are you doing around here anyway?” he demanded. “What about those few sheep you’re supposed to be taking care of? I know about your pride and deceit. You just want to see the battle!”
I am sure Eliab was jealous and felt entitled. In Chapter 16, Samuel had already rejected Eliab as King – Scripture implies that he was tall and handsome. Eliab used a little projection. He accused his brother of pride and wickedness, but he was the one with pride not David.
How do you think David felt? He was just trying to obey his dad and deliver supplies to his brothers, he come upon this scene where he is confused that the soldiers would be intimidated because he knew God, and he knew he had nothing to fear, and now his brother is attacking him in front of everyone. Humiliating him. Can you relate?
David does not back down!
Verses 29 and 30:
“What have I done now?” David replied. “I was only asking a question!” He walked over to some others and asked them the same thing and received the same answer."
He was like, what did I say? He was basically saying, “Is what I said not true? Where is your courage?”
Word got back to Saul that this little shepherd boy wanted to confront Goliath, and now King Saul was not much better. In verse 33, Saul says, “You are not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him; for you are a youth, and he a man of war from his youth.”
So here we have David’s brothers trying to intimidate him. We have Saul trying to intimidate him, and soon he will have Goliath trying to intimidate him!
When Goliath saw David, the Bible said he “disdained” him. He basically belittled him, but again, David did not back down. He looks at Goliath and says, “You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin. But I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, who you have defied. This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you and take your head from you.”
See, the men of Israel had only seen how big the giant was, but David saw how big God was!
John Bevere talks about the three times during this story David faced intimidation…first his brothers and fellow soldiers tried their best to belittle, slander and discourage him. Second, he faced discouraging and belittling statements from King Saul, and third, he faced intimidation from Goliath.
But David was so confident in God’s power that he was able to put his life on the line. This boldness woke up the gift of God in him, and he defeated the giant who intimidated and oppressed the entire army!
Understanding that God gives you the power to be bold. We cannot trust in our own strength. We do not have to be intimidated by circumstance, person or devil, because God is not! When we start to get down, if someone is telling you, “you can’t” think about David!
Read God’s promise in Hebrews 13: 5,6:
“For the Lord Himself has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.’ So we may boldly say: ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?”
Always remember what Jesus, Himself, said to everyone of you in Luke 10:19:
“Behold! I have given you authority and power…over all the power that the enemy (possesses); and nothing shall in any way harm you.”
Jesus said He gave us power and authority over all the power of the enemy. All we need to do is, like David, believe Him and then walk in that power and authority. We don’t need to complicate our walk with fear, doubt and reminders of our past shortcomings and failures! We need to be men and women after God’s heart!