The Philistine said to David, “Come to me, and I will give your flesh to the birds of the air and to the beasts of the field.” Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword and 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. This day the LORD will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you down and cut off your head. And I will give the dead bodies of the host of the Philistines this day to the birds of the air and to the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel, and that all this assembly may know that the LORD saves not with sword and spear. For the battle is the LORD’S, and he will give you into our hand.”
When the Philistine arose and came and drew near to meet David, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet the Philistine. And David put his hand in his bag and took out a stone and slung it and struck the Philistine on his forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell on his face to the ground.
Comment: Goliath continues insulting the one whom he sees as an unworthy opponent. In summary David says ‘You’ve only got armour and size on your side, I have God on mine!’ I can, in my mind, envisage Goliath proud, insulted and yet supremely confident racing to kill this mere youth. David is no less keen for battle, and at the right distance uses his paltry sling to give Goliath a new and fatal thought!
Prayer: Your ways amaze me, O God.