By Lori Rodeheaver
David has just won the great victory over Goliath. Now, what?
So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and with a stone, and struck the Philistine and killed him. There was no sword in the hand of David. 51 Then David ran and stood over the Philistine and took his sword and drew it out of its sheath and killed him and cut off his head with it. When the Philistines saw that their champion was dead, they fled. 52 And the men of Israel and Judah rose with a shout and pursued the Philistines as far as Gath and the gates of Ekron, so that the wounded Philistines fell on the way from Shaaraim as far as Gath and Ekron. 53 And the people of Israel came back from chasing the Philistines, and they plundered their camp. 54 And David took the head of the Philistine and brought it to Jerusalem, but he put his armor in his tent. ~1 Samuel 17:50-54
Before this victory, God’s people had spent a long time timidly on the defense. They had been fearful, frozen, and impotent to stand up to the enemy and defend themselves and God’s glory. They couldn’t even begin to think about acting offensively or pursuing their enemies. They had little defense and no offense.
One battle, one man, one victory was all it took to embolden the entire army of God. Now, they were fearless. An army who had been stuck standing still, frozen in fear, could now chase their worst enemy! The enemies were now trying to run away from them! They confiscated all the worldly advantages their enemies had over them previously. The tables were turned and they no longer stood timidly on the defense, but courageously and confidently on the offense. All this, with their champion holding the head of BDMOC – big dead man on campus.
But wait…weren’t the Philistines supposed to surrender and be Israel’s servants now that Goliath was dead? Remember the deal?
If he is able to fight with me and kill me, then we will be your servants. But if I prevail against him and kill him, then you shall be our servants and serve us.” ~1 Samuel 17:9
But…they fled instead (1 Samuel 17:51). There’s no honor among thieves. That’s why you never make deals with the devil.
Finally, after the victory, after the plundering, after the fact, old King Reject begins to inquire about the lowly shepherd who did what he, and everyone in his army, couldn’t do.
As soon as Saul saw David go out against the Philistine, he said to Abner, the commander of the army, “Abner, whose son is this youth?” And Abner said, “As your soul lives, O king, I do not know.” 56 And the king said, “Inquire whose son the boy is.” 57 And as soon as David returned from the striking down of the Philistine, Abner took him, and brought him before Saul with the head of the Philistine in his hand. 58 And Saul said to him, “Whose son are you, young man?” And David answered, “I am the son of your servant Jesse the Bethlehemite.” ~1 Samuel 17:55-58
Saul asks who David is.
Um…isn’t this the same guy who’s been playing the music for you and your troublesome spirits, Saul? Isn’t this the one you yourself sent for? Didn’t David’s own father, Jesse, send you bread, wine, and even a goat as gifts with this very man? You know who David is! Yet, when you meet him face to face after his victory, you pretend not to. You ask him who he is. And, graciously, he tells you what you darn well already know.
Perhaps it’s because you don’t want him to be known. Maybe you don’t want to know him. Could you be jealous? Fearful of his ambition? Insecure about your rejected kingly position? Once again, Saul, pride stands in the way of your victory. Get ready to fall.
Saul represents those who act as lord and king over a people whom God never intended them to rule – including, especially self. Worldly, earthly kings, that is, who deny the true identity of this world’s One True King – Jesus. These are the jealous ones. The insecure ones. The prideful ones, who, though they know Him, deny Christ’s ultimate authority over themselves and others.
Jesus is the one man whose one victory emboldens God’s people. Likewise, when we, as Christian soldiers, obtain victory through him, we cease to be impotent cowards standing timidly on the defense. Instead, we begin to pursue our enemies valiantly.
Don’t be a reject. Be offensive. Confess the True King today.