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 armor on his legs and a bronze javelin between his shoulders. 1 Sam 17:4-6
The giant soldier, clad in armor, launched a verbal attack against the people of God. He demanded a champion meet him for a one-on-one duel to the death – winner take all.
The sheer size of the man was enough to send fear throughout the Israeli camp. No one wanted to face him down.
Up steps a young man named David. He is not a soldier nor considered a man. He did not like the taunts of the big man and volunteered to face him when no one else did.
King Saul fitted David with his own armor, which David quickly shucked off saying, “I cannot walk with these, for I have not tested them.” So David took them off. 1 Sam 17:39
The two squared off. The big soldier arrayed for battle in full armor with sword and spear.
The little shepherd boy in his everyday wear, a sling, a pouch, and five rocks.
You already know the outcome – the armor wearing giant loss to an armorless boy.
Or was he?
David shouted to the scary looking big guy, “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, whom you have defied.”1 Sam 17:45
The name of the Lord is a strong tower (Prov 18:10) and is a great weapon against the forces of evil.
In Ephesians 6, Paul instructed us to put on the whole armor of God. He goes on to explain piece by piece the significance of each, for the purpose of standing against the wiles of the devil.
David’s armor is your armor – the Name of the Lord through truth, righteousness, the Gospel, faith, salvation, and God’s word!