In my book, Our Most Valuable Treasure, I describe 11 concepts of “keys” about understanding the Bible from Psalm 119. This is from chapter 7, “The Key Of Wisdom From The Word” as found in Psalm 119:98-104.
We must look at life from a God-centered position and not a self-centered one. This was the essential to David’s success when he faced Goliath.
I’m sure you remember the story. It’s so popular that it has even become part of our common vernacular, especially when describing different sports teams where one is substantially less talented than the other. Facing an opponent against overwhelming odds, we’ll refer to the game as a “David and Goliath” match up. But do you really know why David was able to trust God and why he had faith to face the giant?
It might be my all-time favorite Bible story. The young man, probably early to mid-teens, is armed with nothing but a handful of rocks. He faces the biggest, baddest dude of the region who is intent on killing young David.
Even his name sounded ominous, Goliath. However, David looked at the situation from a God perspective and not from his standpoint. He had a God-centered take on the encounter and not a problem-centered one. Notice how David responds to the taunts of Goliath:
Then David spoke to the men who stood by him, saying, “What shall be done for the man who kills this Philistine and takes away the reproach from Israel? For who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?”
– 1 Samuel 17:26
Don’t you just love his attitude? I read this as David saying, “I don’t care how big and bad he is, who does he think he is coming against us! We are people of the Covenant! God isn’t going to let some pagan, God-insulting thug defeat us no matter how big and ugly he is! Let me at him!”
The Covenant, as mentioned in Genesis 17 was marked by circumcision.
This is My covenant which you shall keep, between Me and you and your descendants after you: Every male child among you shall be circumcised; and you shall be circumcised in the flesh of your foreskins, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between Me and you.
– Genesis 17:10-11
Maybe the rest of Saul’s army had forgotten this concept, but not the young shepherd boy. He knew according to Scripture, no “uncircumcised Philistine” was going to wreck God’s plan for Israel if they trusted God and His Word.
Most of us look at things from a problem-centered view point and ask, plead, or beg God to do something. We need to confidently face our “giant” knowing we too are His people.
So this is a question to ponder. Was David, at this young age, really more intelligent than all the other warriors of Saul’s army or was he just Scripturally wiser? I don’t think his victory had anything to do with intelligence, but it had everything to do with wisdom.
Biblical wisdom is only found within His Word; realizing that fact is The Key Of Wisdom From The Word. If we want to have real wisdom and see things from a God-centered viewpoint, we need to be people of His Word.
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