Read: 1Samuel 17:1-18:4, John 8:21-30, Psalm 111:1-10, Proverbs 15:11
Who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of the living God?
(1 Samuel 17:26)
Relate: Growing up I loved numbers. That’s an understatement. I loved statistics to the point I was definitely a bit OCD about it. OK… more than a bit. I remember sitting there in science class and figuring out the ratio of vowels to consonants, of e’s to other vowels, and to other consonants for a particular page. I’m not joking. When I was done, I would move on to the next page and do it with a. Or maybe i. (even though o is more common than i in the science textbook, but not in English) It was bad.
I loved statistics. That is why I loved baseball. I was in first or second grade when I first flipped over a baseball card and figured out what each column meant. I figured out how they figured the average, slugging percentage, ERA, etc. And then I started making my own baseball cards. I would do this, with accuracy, without a calculator. For fun. Seriously. I was an all out, full fledged nerd.
Now lets pretend my love for baseball actually translated into skill. It didn’t. I was terrible. Soccer was my favorite sport to play. In baseball I would ride the bench most of the game then go out to right field for an inning or two because the coach was required to play everybody. But pretending I actually had talent, lets imagine that I was the starting pitcher for my high school team. I was good. Now imagine with me that I got the opportunity to watch a Pirates/Giants game from behind the Pirates dugout. In the bottom of the first inning Barry Bonds is up and they walk him. He’s up again in the third, and in the seventh and they walk him both times. Somehow the Pirates are up by one in the ninth. The Giants have a man on second, two outs and Barry steps up to the plate. So what if he’s on track to break the home run record? So what if they’re the mighty Giants and we’re the measly Pirates? Why is everybody so scared to pitch to this guy?
Imagine I start heckling the coach to give me the ball. Imagine that he hears me and steps out of the dugout. He turns to me and asks, “You think you can strike this guy out?” My answer, “Of course I can. I struck out nine against Gates-Chili, and ten against Spencerport. The same talent that helped me then will help me take out this chump.”
React: As unlikely as that scenario is, what we are reading in Samuel is even more unlikely. David is a young farmer’s boy from the back end of nowhere. His army is nothing compared to the enemy they face. The other team’s champion is the greatest warrior in all the land. Then David speaks out with a righteous indignation, “Who is this uncircumcised Philistine that dares to defy the armies of the living God?” He didn’t care what the circumstances looked like. He didn’t care if everyone thought he was being arrogant. Somebody dared to mock God and His people and David would not let that pass.
If you want to mock me, that is fine. If you want to try and dig up some mud to sling at me, have at it. But if you are going to sling ridicule or bring disgrace to my God and his bride, there will be a righteous indignation rising up. I can only pray that the fools who mock, like Chris Hitchins and Richard Dawkins, and the devils who bring disgrace, like Westboro Baptist, meet their judgment in this life where they have a chance to repent rather than in the life to come. God will not be mocked.
God, let me always bring honor to Your Name. Give me the faith and the courage to stand against the giants that stand in the way of Your will for Your people. Whether it is circumstances, finances, or people who stand against Your people, give me the courage to stand up against it and for You. Not just me, raise up Davids throughout the land who will pick up their sling and go to war for You.