David And Goliath - A Young Hero
Possibly the most well known to children is the story of David and Goliath. Younger people can relate to David, because he too was young, and called upon to do a mighty task for God. He was not afraid, because he knew God was with him all the way.
No matter how much his decision was ridiculed and mocked, he carried through with God’s will. David knew that God was his strength, and would overthrow the enemy.
This story tells us that we all could be called to do a great task. Our age doesn’t matter at all. If God has a chore for us to do, we must obey. If He chooses us for a task, we are not to worry or doubt, but immediately obey His word. He will take us through anything He puts before us.
I was honored beyond measure to do God’s will with the Bible Heroes Collection He instructed me to write. Here is the next entry: David and Goliath.
David was the youngest of eight sons
Three of his brothers were now grown
The brothers followed Saul, Israel’s king
David wasn’t old enough, yet just a teen
He tended sheep, and errands he ran
But sadly, was not considered a man
Obeying his father, David had come
To bring provisions for the older sons
The brothers were all ready to fight
All the enemies of the Israelites
On this mountain, looking below
The enemy waits to strike their foe
Two tall mountains with a valley between
On one was Israel; on the other, Philistines
For their best warrior, the Philistines called
His name was Goliath, over nine feet tall!
Goliath wore armor to prevent death
The helmet was brass upon his head
The coat weighed over 100 pounds
Most men couldn’t even carry it around.
From head to foot, he had a shield
Lance nor spear could wound nor kill
For forty days, he walked out to dare
That no Israelite would fight him there
Every day, asking the Israelites
“Why are you not coming to fight?
You are all just standing around,
Pick your best man, send him down”
Saul and his people were dismayed
Some of them fled; they were afraid
David heard Goliath and all his shouts
He volunteered to go bravely out.
The men told David, “It can’t be done
For this man is bigger than anyone”
David said, “I’ll go where he trods
He has defied us and the living God!”
His oldest brother was angry with him
And yelled at David ahead of the men
“You only came here to see a fight,
I know your heart and your pride”
Saul said “David, you’re but a youth,
This giant warrior will destroy you”
David said, “By him, let no man die
God will deliver me, him I will fight.
For a lion and a bear, I have slain
And took a lamb back home again
My Lord who delivered me from those
Will deliver me from another foe”
To let David go, Saul then agreed
But insisted on armor he would need
Armor, helmet, sword and shield
They told him to wear in the field
The armor was heavy, he declined
He did not want to feel confined
David knew God was on his side
He knew everything God will provide.
Five stones in a bag, staff in his hand
David walked toward the mighty man
Goliath scorned and cursed the lad
But David knew the strength God had.
“You come at me with spears and shield
With me is God, and you will be killed
For He is the great one you have defied,
And for that reason, you’ll surely die!”
“The Lord will deliver you into my hand
So all will know across this land
There is a God, and He will save
Not by sword, but love and grace”
Then from the bag, he took out a stone
David was small, but he was never alone
David flung the stone at Goliath that day
Hit on the forehead, he fell on his face
With Goliath’s sword, David took his head
All the Philistines were so scared, they fled
Israelites followed, chased them all away
With God, all battles can be won by faith.