Sermon About David and Goliath: He doesn’t have God 1 Samuel 17

Sermon About David and Goliath: He doesn’t have God 1 Samuel 17

Goliath was a Philistine soldier who lived during the reign of King Saul. He was one of the largest men ever recorded at 9 feet tall (2.7 meters) and weighed 1,000 pounds (450 kg). His armor consisted of bronze plates and a helmet with spikes.

David is indignant! For him it’s like ‘Does no one understand what’s going on here’? Goliath isn’t just ridiculing the Israelites, he’s insulting and taunting God. But more than that isn’t one of God’s people and therefore doesn’t have God with him. 

He might be a man mountain, 25 stone, 9ft tall and covered with armour, but he doesn’t have God – where as the Israelites do!

David saw the problem and thought ‘Oh yes’. On one side we have the power of a 9ft, 25st man and on the other we have the power of the God


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1: The Challenge of Facing Giants in Life (1 Samuel 17:4-7)

In 1 Samuel 17:4-7, we encounter the daunting figure of Goliath, a formidable giant who struck fear into the hearts of the Israelites. Like Goliath, the giants in our lives can appear overwhelming and intimidating, threatening to defeat us before we even engage in battle. Yet, it is precisely in the face of these giants that our faith is tested and our character is forged.

2: David's Courage in Facing Adversity (1 Samuel 17:32)

Despite the fear that gripped the Israelite army, David displayed remarkable courage in the face of adversity. In 1 Samuel 17:32, David declares his willingness to confront Goliath, trusting in God's strength and deliverance. Like David, we are called to confront our giants with courage and resolve, knowing that God is with us every step of the way.

3: David's Faith in the Power of God (1 Samuel 17:45-47)

David's confidence in facing Goliath stemmed from his unwavering faith in the power of God. In 1 Samuel 17:45-47, David proclaims his trust in the Lord, declaring that the battle belongs to God. This faith-filled perspective enabled David to face his giant with boldness and assurance, knowing that victory ultimately belongs to the Lord.

4: The Importance of Preparing for Battle (1 Samuel 17:40)

Before facing Goliath, David took practical steps to prepare for battle. In 1 Samuel 17:40, we read that David chose five smooth stones from the stream and put them in his pouch. This act of preparation highlights the importance of readiness and diligence in confronting our giants. While we trust in God's power, we must also do our part by preparing ourselves for the challenges ahead.

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5: Dependence on God in Times of Conflict (1 Samuel 17:37)

Amidst the turmoil of battle, David's dependence on God remained steadfast. In 1 Samuel 17:37, David recalls his past experiences of God's faithfulness, affirming his trust in God's protection and provision. Likewise, in our own conflicts and struggles, we must rely on God's strength and faithfulness, knowing that He will never leave us nor forsake us.

6: Victory Belongs to the Lord (1 Samuel 17:47)

Ultimately, the victory over Goliath belonged to the Lord. In 1 Samuel 17:47, David declares that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves, but by His power and sovereignty. This truth reminds us that our victories are not achieved by our own strength or prowess, but by the grace and favor of God.

7: The Importance of Trusting Your Own Experience with God (1 Samuel 17:37)

David's confidence in facing Goliath was rooted in his personal relationship with God. In 1 Samuel 17:37, David recalls how God had delivered him from the paw of the lion and the bear, affirming his trust in God's faithfulness. Similarly, we must draw strength from our own experiences of God's faithfulness, trusting that He will continue to be our help and deliverer in times of need.

8: The Glory of God Manifested in David's Victory (1 Samuel 17:51)

As David triumphed over Goliath, the glory of God was manifested for all to see. In 1 Samuel 17:51, we witness the defeat of the Philistines and the rout of their army, as God's power is displayed in David's victory. Our own victories over giants in life serve as a testimony to God's faithfulness and might, bringing glory to His name.

9: The Enemies' Reaction to David's Victory (1 Samuel 17:52)

The enemies of Israel were struck with fear and dismay upon witnessing David's victory over Goliath. In 1 Samuel 17:52, we see how the Philistines fled in terror, recognizing the hand of God at work. Our triumphs over giants in life can have a profound impact on those around us, testifying to the greatness of our God and His power to deliver His people.

10: David's Confidence as an Example of Faith for Us (1 Samuel 17:37)

David's unwavering confidence in God serves as an inspiring example of faith for us to emulate. In 1 Samuel 17:37, David declares, "The Lord who delivered me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine." May we, like David, place our trust wholly in God, knowing that He is faithful to deliver us from every giant we face.
David and Goliath: He doesn’t have God 1 Samuel 17

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Conclusion about David and Goliath 

We must not be afraid of the opponents of truth and righteousness (1 John 4:4-6; Hebrews 13:5-6; Matthew 10:28-31).

Is There Not a Cause? (1 Sam 17:26-32) There is a battle raging for your soul!  A cause that is worthy of a fight! (Ephesians 6:10-13;  1 Timothy 6:12; Jude 3-4)

David's victory over Goliath won Saul's approval as one of his warriors (1 Sam 17).

Come to God - Resist Satan and he will flee from You – Do not give him a place in your life.  James 4:7,     Eph. 4:27. Faith is the Victory (17:37,47), With faith, we overcome! (1 John 5:4; Romans 8:31-39)

God are bigger than any Giant we can ever face

We don't have to be afraid.  Jesus is always with us to protect us and give us courage. Fear Debilitates (17:11,24)

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