David said to Saul, “Let no man’s courage fail because of him (Goliath). Your servant will go out and fight with this Philistine.” Then Saul said to David, “You are not able to go against this Philistine to fight him. For you are [only] a young man and he has been a warrior since his youth.” But David said to Saul, “Your servant was tending his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and took a lamb out of the flock, I went out after it and attacked it and rescued the lamb from its mouth; and when it rose up against me, I seized it by its whiskers and struck and killed it. Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; and this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, since he has taunted and defied the armies of the living God.” David said, “The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, He will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine.” I Samuel 17:32-37 (AMP)
Wow! What a power packed story. David, one of my absolute favourite bible character as a young boy was already a good steward with all that the Lord gave Him. Remember what the Lord said in Matthew 25:29( AMP)
“…For to everyone who has [and values his blessings and gifts from God, and has used them wisely], more will be given, and [he will be richly supplied so that] he will have an abundance; but from the one who does not have [because he has ignored or disregarded his blessings and gifts from God], even what he does have will be taken away."
David was abundantly blessed with the Lord. He was musically gifted, he not only played musical instruments, he sang the praise of the LORD and wrote songs recorded in the bible exist throughout eternity. David was also a warrior. He steward his gift, while shepherding his father’s sheep. He even goes on to narrate to the king how he conquered the lion and the bear who threatened his father’s flock and that goliath would be no different.
This goes on to reveal that before we go on to win the big battles publicly where we would be celebrated, we must first conquer and win the private battles in anonymity, where not even a soul knows the lions and bears we have killed or even dragons we have slayed. We have to be diligent and persistent in growing our gifts, despite the fact no one neither recognizes nor celebrates our accomplishments. It is only then that God will elevate us, in big stages where we will face even worse off enemies and through the Spirit of the Lord win to the glory of His mighty name.
I love how the beginning verse commences, David a young boy encourages the King. Your gift will make room for you before great men, regardless of your age or status in life. In other words, stewardship in love, precedes greatness.
David said to Saul, “Let no man’s courage fail (have a broken Spirit) because of him (Goliath).
Your servant will go out and fight with this Philistine.”