Summary: This sermon takes us in a deep look at the story of David and the gaint, and a veiw of his heart.


1 Samuel 17



#1· Think of a giant as anything that bullies or controls a person, family, or church.


#2 What are some of the giants that Christian men face?


#3 What are some giants that families face?

#4· What are some giants that churches face?

#5· How do giants intimidate us?

#6· Why do giants intimidate us?



· Vs. 1-3 – Picture a valley or canyon about a mile wide with a riverbed running through it. Also picture one army camped on one side of the valley and the other army on the other side.

· VS. 4-7 – Goliath came out of the Philistine camp. He was over 9 feet tall. His armor was not only extensive, but heavy. His coat of mail weighed in between 175-200 pounds. The head of his spear weighed between 25-30 pounds.

· VS. 8-10 - Imagine Goliath going into the ravine and issuing a challenge for a “sudden death” match.


#1 BE COOPERATIVE – VS. 12-22 let’s read

12 Now David was the son of that Ephrathite of Bethlehemjudah, whose name was Jesse; and he had eight sons: and the man went among men for an old man in the days of Saul.

13 And the three eldest sons of Jesse went and followed Saul to the battle: and the names of his three sons that went to the battle were Eliab the firstborn, and next unto him Abinadab, and the third Shammah.

14 And David was the youngest: and the three eldest followed Saul.

15 But David went and returned from Saul to feed his father’s sheep at Bethlehem.

16 And the Philistine drew near morning and evening, and presented himself forty days.

17 And Jesse said unto David his son, Take now for thy brethren an ephah of this parched corn, and these ten loaves, and run to the camp to thy brethren;

18 And carry these ten cheeses unto the captain of their thousand, and look how thy brethren fare, and take their pledge.

19 Now Saul, and they, and all the men of Israel, were in the valley of Elah, fighting with the Philistines.

20 And David rose up early in the morning, and left the sheep with a keeper, and took, and went, as Jesse had commanded him; and he came to the trench, as the host was going forth to the fight, and shouted for the battle.

21 For Israel and the Philistines had put the battle in array, army against army.

22 And David left his carriage in the hand of the keeper of the carriage, and ran into the army, and came and saluted his brethren.


· David had been anointed by Samuel as the next king of Israel . Since then he had split time soothing Saul’s nerves with his harp, working as his armor bearer, and tending his father’s sheep. He did not flaunt his future position, nor did he seek any recognition. He simply did what he was told.

· David did not look for giants to conquer. He was too busy being obedient. He tended his father’s sheep and only went to the battlefield when his father sent him with supplies and to get a report on the battle.


· How is a submissive attitude to authority good training for fighting giants?

#1 Ephesians 5:21 - Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.

#2 James 4:7 - Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

#3 BE CONCERNED – VS. 23-27

23 And as he talked with them, behold, there came up the champion, the Philistine of Gath, Goliath by name, out of the armies of the Philistines, and spake according to the same words: and David heard them.

24 And all the men of Israel, when they saw the man, fled from him, and were sore afraid.

25 And the men of Israel said, Have ye seen this man that is come up? surely to defy Israel is he come up: and it shall be, that the man who killeth him, the king will enrich him with great riches, and will give him his daughter, and make his father’s house free in Israel.

26 And David spake to the men that stood by him, saying, What shall be done to the man that killeth this Philistine, and taketh away the reproach from Israel? for who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?

27 And the people answered him after this manner, saying, So shall it be done to the man that killeth him.

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