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Sermon delivered May 27,2006 by Pastor Donald J.

Gettys McDonald Road Seventh-day Adventist Church McDonald, Tennessee Biblical quotations are from the New International Version NIV unless otherwise noted. Divine pronouns and titles are capitalized. Five Smooth Stones I Samuel 17:45-47 (RealAudio Version available) I want to speak with you about David and Goliath. This is an exciting story. This greatest battle in the Bible happened about 15 miles west of Jerusalem. This is just awesome. It's found in 1 Samuel 17. I love the exciting narrative here because it registers the triumph of the underdog. You know, I am really a quite tall person, living in a short body and when I read of a little boy leveling a big giant, I get excited. I love stories where the underdog comes out and does something and makes something of themselves, or is able to accomplish something great. I just get excited about that. Now, when read of a little boy leveling a great big giant, it's just exciting. I want you to pretend you were there that day sitting in the valley. Up to the left is the loud smoky camp of the Philistines. These uncouth ruffians are ill kept and crude. The smell of roasting pork may have drifted across the valley. The Philistines are a bad bunch; unclean and unbehaved. It's an evil place. On the other side and up the hill to the right is the quiet sheepish camp of the Israelites, God's people. They are kind of nervous and afraid. The tension is extremely high. I want to begin reading here in 1 Samuel 17:4-6. A champion named Goliath, who was from Gath, came out of the Philistine camp. He was over nine feet tall.Now, I don't know how tall that is, but I assume he could change our light bulbs standing right here where I am. He was a tall man. He had a bronze helmet on his head and wore a coat of scale armor of bronze weighing five thousand shekels ; on his legs he wore bronze greaves, and a bronze javelin was slung on his back. His spear shaft was like a weaver's rod, and its iron point weighed six hundred shekels. His shield bearer went ahead of him. 1 Samuel 17:8. Goliath stood and shouted to the ranks of Israel, "Why do you come out and line up for battle? Am I not a Philistine, and are you not the servants of Saul? Choose a man and have him come down to me. If he is able to fight and kill me, we will become your subjects; but if I overcome him and kill him, you will become our subjects and serve us." Now, that's quite a challenge. You don't find too many wars and the whole outcome is based on a battle between two people, two champions. Every day for 40 days this heavily armed

how are we ever going to know their potential? We've got to give them a chance. a little shepherd boy. If David were to win. Saul probably thought. We just say. Eventually David went out with his staff and his sling not much protection.terminator. This man of war was trained to be a fighter from his boyhood. there stood David. You never want to throw mud at somebody else that is throwing mud at you. this experienced killer bellowed forth this same challenge. Not one Israelite soldier dared fight him. So. You would think that his brothers would be thrilled to see David. Let the place themselves in God's hands and see what God will do with the youth. Snorting and pounding his fists at them began to browbeat them. In fact. that' exactly what God . I mean. bring the volunteer forward. That's the kind of person he was. if you resort to throwing mud at people you will lower your self to the mud. heard him speaking with the men. a lot of leaders look down on young people. miles away there was a teenager out tending sheep. Notice that David did not condemn them. And Saul probably thought. you can read this here in 1 Samuel 17:28. All he had ever done is kill people. not even their king tall Saul. David rose up early in the morning to obey his father. Let's use our youth. Give them the flag and let them carry it their way. as if that helps. 'Well. Let's let them use themselves. "He's coming with the victuals. Three of David older brothers volunteered for duty and Jesse told David to take some food for his hungry brothers. And let's not make them walk in our armor. They regarded David as the runt. And. You know. And so they brought David in and here was little David. Goliath was a braggadocio type. was it. They were not glad to see him. That's the way God's kingdom works.' He said. When Eliab. "Can't I even speak?" Can't you just see the sibling rivalry between them? They didn't get along. Meantime. But until and unless we let them have a hand in it. And they al began to quake and they were fearful in their boots and every time he would speak." "Now what have I done?" said David. David met evil with good. you came down only to watch the battle. And not even he would go and fight this man. too young to lead out in church. Saul was head and shoulders taller than any person in the whole Israelite nation. "Why have you come down here? And with whom did you leave those few sheep in the desert? I know how conceited you are and how wicked your heart is. David was that type of a person. he was trained and experienced person. He was faithful in small things and would be entrusted with large things. And he's coming to bring them some fresh wonderful food. he burned with anger at him and asked. One of my biggest and strongest soldiers has probably volunteered and he's going to go and he's going to kill Goliath. 'Oh no! What kind of a volunteer have I got?' You know. eventually rumors filtered up to King Saul throne that there was a volunteer to fight Goliath. Now. 29. 'Just a young kid? Can't you do anything? Can't you get a trained seasoned volunteer here?' And yet. Saul's armor definitely would not receive the credit. Then stand back and watch God's blessing. there they were. I mean. Little David was out in his dad's field tending sheep. He's coming with the home cooking. in our church we're a little bit like that. There is tremendous poison in these words. David's oldest brother. and the Bible says they would run and hide in their tents and crawl under the covers. quaking in their sandals. slinking back I fear. 'Praise the Lord. He left his flock of sheep with an entrusted friend. they're just too inexperienced.slinger's level.

I would have gotten my rocks way ahead of time and not chance that the small brook down there would have some ideal stones. put them in the pouch of his shepherd's bag and. There are rocks everywhere in Palestine. This would make the best saint quake in fear. He was escorted by none other than the Living God. with his sling in his hand. God's extras show the quantity of God's love and care. If Goliath were to walk in this church. David saw . I am personally surprised that David had an empty ammunition bag. Palestine is littered with all kinds of rocks. When you are on the mountain top you can't see the perfect answers God has waiting for you in the valley. It is there. He could have picked out some before he went down to the book. David saw the towering hulk. Look at 1 Samuel 17:40. You are at the bottom of the valley by the small babbling brook.wants. He had on the helmet of salvation. there was the answer. chose five smooth stones from the stream. David could sense God's presence. Palestine is filled with rocks. That same God will also provide for you. not on Goliath. God was as real to him as his sheep or his father or Saul. David sensed in his heart the skies being filled with chariots of fire. we are never alone unless we walk ahead of God. David stood on the high bluff looking over that valley at the Philistines' camp but he did not stand alone. From where you are sit in the valley. God wants to fight the battle with you and for you and through you. and if he started yelling at us. The truth is. Four extra will be there just for the picking up. Many might grab the rough rocks and run down the hill and run right past God's perfect answer that is lying there in the valley. But the smooth polished rocks lay in the valley. Before you need it God will have the answer to your greatest problems there along your path. you can see David. You don't fight these battles alone. God was as real as Goliath! This was David's hidden strength. The lowly David and his staff did not impress the Philistine. You can see Goliath. David knew God would provide a perfect stone. you watch this thing go on. God is with him. I read total confidence here. I am personally very surprised that David would have an empty ammunition bag. Jagged rough rocks lay all around. I think David had his eyes fixed. Would you want to leave your safe hillside and walk all the way down to the bottom of the valley with no bullets for your gun? Actually. and said. You have to operate on faith here. When David went down the hill. If you watch the news on CNN you will see the people throwing rocks from everywhere. He was fully protected. He is not alone. 'I'm going to kill you. approached the Philistine. God wants to receive the credit. And God's protection is better than Saul's armor.' would be a little bit nervous? Do you suppose David was? I don't think he was. He had on the breastplate of righteousness. Then he took his staff in his hand. It contained no rocks. At the top on the left is the big babbling Crook. God does not save with sword or spear. That doesn't make much sense. David trusted his divine companion. But David was also wearing an invisible bulletproof armor. Unseen angels were surrounding David. If you do. I would have gotten my rock way ahead of time. The battle was the Lord's. Five answers will be lying there. What if Goliath suddenly ran down the hill and sat on you just before you found some just right rocks? Why did David risk so much? The truth is he did not risk anything. God had five perfect stones laying down there in that creek. At the top on the right is little David with his hook and sling and empty shepherd's bag. It is a rocky place. you've turned your back on God. Don't you think he went out there without God's protection. stoop through these doors and stand here. but on Jesus.

David ran toward the giant! Goliath had probably been resting and suddenly he noticed something small coming fast toward him. or maybe a terrible disease or health problem confronts you. It is just a lad. You need to keep a book or something of the times that God has smiled upon your life. of little notes that people have written me saying. Remember God's leading in the past. I get that file and I open it and it helps me. But I remember a good many times when I was outnumbered I could always outrun them. The great giant jumped up and began to curse.L.. the answer." verse 47. In his heart. The Philistines turned and ran." I keep those things. 1 Samuel 17:49. or immorality. that you're trying to cope with? Perhaps you have a gigantic problem in your life. God's people won. So David triumphed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone. Win by using your own unique natural gift. Past success gives us future hope. What is your giant? Do you face a Goliath today? Let's learn some lessons from the way David overcame Goliath that will help us to cope with our challenges today. Maybe it is a bad marriage.something else. The stone sank into his forehead. "I appreciate this that you did. Read the times that God has blessed you. and began to bellow at the little boy.. Is it a bug or.O. I keep a file. I was small. God gave them a great victory that day.Quickly the army of Saul rushed forward and routed the enemy from their land with a great slaughter. Maybe it is alcohol or loss of a job. Look at 1 Samuel 17:48 As the Philistine moved closer to attack him David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet him. .. and they'll help you through the rough times of your life." " appreciate the time you took one time when I was in the hospital. he slung it and struck the Philistine on the forehead.W. David saw Jesus as his ally. Do you face a giant today? Is there some major battle that you are battling with. and he fell face-down on the ground. It's rather thick. 1. and read that book. 2. We must never forget that "The Battle is the Lord's. Read those things. I recall my boyhood days. There were big bullies who menaced my life dozens of times. If you need to keep your eyes fixed not on the problem but you need to keep your eyes fixed on the solution. or drugs. They were 'turn-coats. Does that make sense? David recalled the many times that God had delivered him from lions and bears who wanted to destroy him. The Big Heavy Goliath's of life can't run very fast. .. You will be successful in the future if you remember the way that God has led you in the past. without a sword in his hand he struck down the Philistine and killed him. On a rainy day [Pastors have some bleak times]. And the answer is Jesus. So remember the past. Now. or that that you said. 50 Reaching into his bag and taking out a stone.' They all went A. of little cards. David had his eyes fixed on Jesus.

But David is going to outrun him. True. God would give him the victory. All that equipment would only slow him down. You can't miss it. David had to put forth his best efforts but when Goliath fell down it was really the doing of God. Smooth stones meant that David was doing his part as best he could. Goliath might just be knocked out. He was a realist. I've never seen an unfired bullet with a rough irregular nose on it. God won't let you down. David trusted God. it would only slow him down. David had five chances. 6. But. He had a positive attitude. through David. David chose 5 smooth stones. Goliath only had one. Then the hunter rushes up to examine his trophy only to have the big beast roar back to his feet and devour the hunter on the spot tearing him limb . David took the giants own sharp sword and cut his head off! There is not doubt that he's dead. When you face a giant problem use your own gifts that God has given you. How often a bear hunter will fire his gun at that great grizzly bear and the bear will go down. All he used were the simple little things. God did it. If he missed he would run while reloading and fire again. His target was the biggest forehead in the Philistine army. The battle was the Lords. If necessary he would use the fifth stone. David was an ordinary boy and he killed an extraordinary giant. you have to do your part. unless he could get his hands on David. What appeared to the others as a giant too big to fight. Do your best and let God give you the victory. and you want to choose the things that will work. It was God. David is going to win.David was a shepherd boy. You always want to be over prepared. Even though Salvation is a gift. 4. Expect much and you will get much. Approach your giant problems with a positive faith. Goliath only had one chance to accurately hurl his spear and if he misses. 7. God didn't let him down. David left nothing to chance. Goliath's target was the smallest he had ever faced in his life. Do your part. it appeared to David as a target too big to miss. 3. That's what David did. He knew that if he asked God. he's done. We do not win in the battle with Satan by our artillery. He would give him the victory. David chose Smooth Stones. How often God uses ordinary people who are prepared in ordinary ways to accomplish extraordinary things. but he must do his best. Why? Rough stones fly slow and erratic. Be prepared for eventualities. You want to discard the things that won't work as well. David had a positive attitude. And that's why we love the story of David and Goliath. and not David's. It wasn't David who killed the giant. So he doesn't choose the rough stones but he chooses the smooth stones. Be yourself. Smooth Stones fly fast. Place yourself in god's hand and God will help you. 5. Why five? He was ready to reload again and again and again. He was not a trained Green Beret Marine. If he had used Saul's equipment. a little boy. You've got to do your part. Imagine hitting a golf ball that is shaped like a rough clinker or pitted brickbat. David trusted in God.

and cut his head off. maybe. Remember another thing: never forget that the only real giant in your life is Jesus. Without that brave deed. Don't be afraid. David used Goliath as a huge stepping stone and not a stumbling block. The only giant that truly matters happens to be on your side. a big problem. The greater the crisis. Whenever you see a great crisis just know that it will also be accompanied by a great opportunity. I will submit to you that a big crisis furnishes a leader a big opportunity in disguise. David would have been a shepherd boy and eventually a shepherd man all the rest of his life. When Jesus gives you the victory Jesus will do a complete work at delivering you from your personal Goliath. It furnishes a leader with a big opportunity. We fear certain things so much because we fear God so little. Do not fear. David did a complete work. David rushed up. . Without Goliath wouldn't have been what he was. Saul may have thought that Goliath was the biggest threat of all time to God's people but he also constituted their greatest opportunity to see God act. If you see a big giant in your life. It was Goliath who exposed David's leadership qualities. the greater the opportunity. One brave deed made him a national hero. drew the sword. God allowed that conflict with Goliath to bring deliverance to Israel. David became a great leader that day. It was Goliath who thrust David into eventual Kingship. don't be afraid of it. Little David would probably never have emerged as a great leader if the crisis had not exposed his courage. Jesus is the only giant.from limb.