“So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone, and struck the Philistine and killed him. But there was no sword in the hand of David” (I Samuel 17:50).
The Philistines arrived as the great enemy of Israelites and Goliath rose as a warrior with them. Goliath was a giant like being. Resisting the troops of Israel, taunting God and challenging the Israelites were his daily affair.
What were his weapons? He used to wear a bronze helmet like armour on his head and its weight was five thousand shekels of bronze. He had bronze armour on his legs and a bronze javelin between his shoulders. The staff of his spear was like a weaver’s beam, and his iron spearhead weighed six hundred shekels and a shield-bearer went before him (I Samuel 17:5-7).
David who opposed him was a youngster. He had no war field experience and had no weapons. No armour like bronze helmet or shield, sword and arrow. His zealous over God was burning like a fire in his heart. He said, “the LORD does not save with sword and spear; for the battle is the LORD’s, and He will give you into our hands.”
In a moment, David realised where Goliath’s weakness was. Though his entire body was covered with armouries he found that his forehead stood exposed. He took a stone, placed it in the sling and slung it towards the forehead of Goliath. That sling and the stone had been dedicated to God.
The Bible says ‘stone’ while referring to Christ. That was the stone which the builders rejected. It was a stone which the scribes and the Pharisees hated and set aside. David stood holding high the stone which was Christ.
David had five stones in his bag which represented the five Names of God. His name will be called Wonderful, Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father and Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6). David proclaimed with faith that he had set the LORD always before him; because He is at his right hand he shall not be moved. Five stones were not required by David to bring down Goliath. The only stone which was ‘Mighty God’ was enough for him.
Dear children of God, let the Zeal over God be within you. I will win over things in the Name of God. “For by You I can run against a troop, by my God, I can leap over a wall” (Psalm 18:29).
To meditate: “Behold, I lay in Zion a stone for a foundation, a tried stone, a precious cornerstone, a sure foundation; whoever believes will not act hastily”(Isaiah 28:16).