Summary: Honoring God in all the areas of his life had the unexpected result of uniquely preparing David to kill the giant Goliath.

And the Philistine said to David,

Come to me,

and I will give thy flesh unto the fowls of the air,

and to the beasts of the field.

1 Samuel 17:44

It was as if the sheriff had never come back to fight the battle in “High Noon,” and a local had saved the town.

Contrasts in Character: David and Saul

David (16:18)

Skilled musician


Controlled his tongue


God was with him

Saul (chapter 17)

Proud (9)

Afraid (11)

Fighting the wrong battle (19, 24)

Contentious (28)

Passed own job to another (37)

Habits that unexpectedly prepared David to kill the giant

I Exalting God (17:23, 26, 29)

A. He was bothered when God was defamed

B. He understood the importance of God’s cause

II Trusting God (17:32, 37, 39)

A. His heart moved his head

B. He knew God had worked helping him in the past

III Standing Up for God (17:15, 45-46)

A. He stood up for God, not for himself

B. He had a plan that he put into practice

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