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Psalm 55: 12-13 ” If an enemy were insulting me, I could endure it; if a foe were raising himself against me, I could hide from him. But it is you, a man like myself, my companion, my close friend…”

If you read the first eight verses of Psalm 55 you have to wonder – what’s gotten into David.  This mighty man of God and fierce warrior…someone who as a youngster killed Goliath with a single stone…is now quaking in his boots.  Bravery has been replaced by abject terror…overwhelming fear now overshadows this once courageous man.   It’s to the point, in verses 6-8 that David is ready to give up and just run away.  So who is this person that’s affecting David so?  It turns out to be his own flesh and blood…his son, Absalom, who’s attempting to seize the kingdom away from him.  This once fierce warrior is facing an enemy he’s never encountered before, and his anguished heart can hardly bear it.

I Samuel 17:4 “A champion named Goliath, who was from Gath, came out of the Philistine camp. He was over 9 feet tall.”

Goliath was a formidable giant who taunted the Israelite army.  His very appearance struck fear in the hearts of the Jewish soldiers.  For Goliath was decked out in a bronze helmet, 125 pounds of bronze armor, carried a bronze javelin with a 15 pound iron point, and required a shield-bearer to  carry his huge shield ahead of him.  But when David saw Goliath, he didn’t see an overwhelming threat…a overpowering force or potential danger…he saw rather, a miracle waiting to happen.  For David kept his eyes on God – not the situation or extenuating details surrounding it.  Yes, David was up against insurmountable odds…but he had a secret weapon Goliath didn’t know about…David had God.

I Samuel 17: 23-24 ” Goliath, the Philistine champion from Gath, stepped out from his lines and shouted his usual defiance, and David heard it. When the Israelites saw the man, they all ran from him in great fear.”

Goliath had been taunting the Israelites troops for 40 days.  What they saw as fearful and terrifying…David saw as blasphemous against his God.  When facing your Goliath, what vision do you see…yours or God’s?  For in I Samuel 17:45, David replied to Goliath,  “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty.”