Only a Boy Named David | 1 Samuel 17:33
1 Samuel 17:33 Saul replied, "You are not able to go out against this Philistine and fight him; you are only a boy, and he has been a fighting man from his youth."
“Only a boy named David; only a little sling.” Remember that song? “Only a boy named David but he could pray and sing.” Sing it with me. “Only a boy named David; only a rippling brook. Only a boy named David but five little stones he took.” Still singing? “And one little stone went in the sling and the sling went round and round (repeat this line and then sing round and round several hundred times). Finally David let the rock fly “and the giant came (slow and in a deep voice) tumb…ling… down!” One more time…this time with all the motions! Ready? (I was never big on motions. The giant tumbling down part was cool, but the “rippling brook” motion bothered me. You hold your hands out in front of you, wiggle your fingers, and then move your hands from side to side. For some reason, I felt like boys should not be caught dead doing that motion.)
In our passage today, Saul sold David short. The statement “You are only a boy” while certainly a fact, was also Saul’s assessment of David’s ability. You’re not big enough. You’re not strong enough. You’re not experienced enough. Goliath has been fighting since he was a boy and David, you are a boy! Let the men handle this situation. Trouble was, the men were not handling the situation. Every time the giant took one small step forward, they took one giant leap backwards. So, God chose to work through a boy to demonstrate His mighty power.
Don’t sell our children short. God does big work in small packages. Always has…always will.
Father, thank You for our children. May we honor them for Your work in their lives. May we be the mentors and models that encourage them to step up against the giants. In Christ’s name. Amen.
Ok, tell the truth…you tried that “rippling brook” motion, didn’t you???? One more time....Ready? Sing it with me, “Only a boy named David….” If you read this in the morning, my apologies. You are going to be singing this song at 4:00 this afternoon.