The giant stood in the valley below and intimidated the armies of Israel. The sun reflected of Goliath’s armour as if to attract attention and as if to wink in defiance.
The Philistines stood on a mountain on one side, and Israel stood on a mountain on the other side, with a valley between them. And a champion went out from the camp of the Philistines, named Goliath, from Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span. He had a bronze helmet on his head, and he was armed with a coat of mail, and the weight of the coat was five thousand shekels of bronze. And he had bronze armour on his legs and a bronze javelin between his shoulders. Now the staff of his spear was like a weaver’s beam, and his iron spearhead weighed six hundred shekels; and a shield-bearer went before him. (1Sa 17:3-7)
No one was prepared to face him but young David. David went down into the valley alone but he never felt alone.
Then he took his staff in his hand; and he chose for himself five smooth stones from the brook, and put them in a shepherd’s bag, in a pouch which he had, and his sling was in his hand. And he drew near to the Philistine. 1Samuel 17:40
There are some giants in our lives that must be faced alone. The devil doesn’t attack us in the church meeting, but on Thursday or on the day when our weakness and our inabilities seem to be magnified.
Here is David walks down to the fight all by himself. Sometimes we don’t have an army behind us. There are times when it seems that we have no people with us and we have to stand by ourself. It is nice when people stand with you but there will come a time when you have to encourage yourself in the Lord.
Years later David and his men were away from home when the Amalekites attacked their families and took them all captive. His men were angry and spoke of stoning David. David had to encourage and strengthen himself in the Lord.
Now David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and his daughters. But David strengthened himself in the LORD his God. (1Samuel 30:6)
This was the last test before David was made king. God knew he would not be ready to be king if he needed people’s encouragement, to enable him to do the right thing.
He never felt alone and he wasn’t!
Friend, if we can’t stand alone with God in the battle, there will be a time when we won’t stand at all.