Summary: Beware of what other's try to put on you. God's has a calling and anointing that will fit you perfectly.
INTRO: 1. When I think about this event in the life of David, I don’t envision David standing before Goliath with a sling in his hand… I rather envision David in Saul’s dressing room buried under the massive armor of King Saul.
a. How awkward it must have been, being overwhelmed by the armor before going out to face Goliath.
b. But this event in David’s life would be a significant changing room for David… a turning point in his life.
c. It was, I believe, where God would suite David up to the Anointing on his life.
c. This event was David’s inaugural introduction to the kingdom… where David would began being what God had called him to be.
2. Tonight, we’ll not be focusing on Saul’s Armor, but on David’s Armor.
a. What was David clothed with when he went out to face Goliath?
b. What kept David heart in the heat of the battle?
c. Although Goliath’s armor was massive and impressive to the onlooker… David’s armor proved itself more affective.
3. This opportunity would come years after David had been anointed King.
a. David didn’t grow impatient, but occupied himself with three jobs… kept the sheep for his father, was the armorbearer for King Saul and was on call to play music for the King when evil spirits tormented him.
b. If you just keep serving faithfully in due time He will exalt you if you don’t faint or quit.
4. What appeared to be happenstance was a Divinely Orchestrated Opportunity.
a. Because David was more than willing to be faithful in the little things… he’d find himself right where God planned him to be.
b. Didn’t show up to show up his brothers, but to bring them lunch and to check on their welfare.
c. Wasn’t there because he planned to be, but because he had obeyed the instruction of his father.
d. History would prove that this wasn’t Jessi’s idea, but in fact God had laid this upon his heart so that David would truly shine.
5. This whole situation began with an uncomfortable situation for David.
a. One thing was clear this whole matter stirred David up.
b. David was furious with Goliath and frustrated with the armies of Israel.
c. Often time God will put us in an uncomfortable place… where we feel like we must act.
d. Just because your heart is being stirred doesn’t mean it’s the enemy, God may just be introducing you to your finest hour.
e. The temptation is to conform to the attitude and the spirit of the age… when God wants to stir us to anger and to action.
6. Notice the process that David had to go through to be fit for the fight.
I. THE WRONG FIT
a. There are things that we don’t need to put on if we’re going to win in the fight.
b. I want you to know tonight that there are those in your life that are attempting to put on you what doesn’t belong to you.
c. If we let them, our lives will never know the victory of being dressed for our calling… but we’ll only know the heavy weight of borrowed burdens.
d. You see the contrast of the thousands of Soldiers and King Saul to the young man called David… they sat under the burden of what Goliath heaped on them.
A. WHAT DAVID’S BROTHER TRIED TO PUT ON HIM
Vs. 28 And Eliab his eldest brother heard when he spake unto the men; and Eliab's anger was kindled against David, and he said, Why camest thou down hither? and with whom hast thou left those few sheep in the wilderness? I know thy pride, and the naughtiness of thine heart; for thou art come down that thou mightest see the battle.
1. This scene represents those closest to us: family, friends, co-workers… sincere, but sometimes sincerely wrong.
2. First of all he tried to heap guilt on him.
3. Many are living a life crippled by undeserved guilt that someone else has put on them.
4. He also tried to heap a self-defensive attitude on him.
5. Many are out to defend themselves, defend their name.
6. David refused to be entangled in this web.
7. He tried to entangle David in strife.
8. Many spend too much precious time entangled in useless arguments and battles.
9. Not every battle is worth fighting.
B. WHAT SAUL TRIED TO PUT ON HIM
Vs. 38 And Saul armed David with his armour, and he put an helmet of brass upon his head; also he armed him with a coat of mail.
1. Saul was head and shoulders above the rest of the people and one of the only men who had armor and a sword, yet he sat in his tent.