Learning from David and Goliath (PM)

Scripture Reading:  1 Samuel 17:42–51


A.  Although many matchups have been billed as “David versus Goliath,” we know that none of them could really compare.

B.  As often as we have visited this story and told it to our children, there are still some great lessons it can teach us.


I.  We learn that faith changes our perspective on any situation.

A.  From man’s point of view, there was no reason for David to win this fight (vv 4–7, 33).

B.  From faith’s point of view, there was no way that David could lose (vv 34–37; Romans 8:31).

II.  We learn that the truth is always victorious.

A.  The size and experience of the human combatants is immaterial in this respect (cf. Acts 4:13–14).

B.  Truth is the only armor and weaponry that we need (Ephesians 6:17; Matthew 4:1–11).

C.  We must be on the side of truth (2 Timothy 3:7–9).

III.  We learn some other valuable lessons.

A.  We learn that good and courageous deeds are not always rewarded (1 Samuel 17:25; 18:17–19).

B.  We learn that courage is contagious (1 Samuel 17:52; 14:14–22; 2 Samuel 21:20–21; Philippians 1:14).

C.  We learn that even a youth can be a mighty warrior in God’s army (cf. 1 Timothy 4:12).


A.  Like Goliath, our enemy will fall by his own sword (Hebrews 2:14–15).

B.  Our weaknesses are irrelevant in our fight as Christian soldiers, because the battle isn’t ours; it is the Lord’s (Ecclesiastes 9:11; 1 Samuel 17:47).

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