Summary: A first person monologue, done as King David, who wishes he could feel the rush of victory when he first slew Goliath; but he has learned that evil recurs, does not recognize God, is related to power. He needs a greater than David to come and deal with i
Ah, if only I could go back to those wonderful days! If only I
could be a young man again and feel the rush of victory! But
I cannot. I am old and tired, and I feel defeated. I have lost
so much. My body is weary and my soul is drained. If only I
could go back and feel victory again.
There was a day – and you will not believe it to look at me
now – but there was a day when they thought I was too
young, too small, too inexperienced, and that he would
destroy me in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye. But he
did not. There was something special about me then. I had
it all going on. I only wish I could go back to that one special
day when the giant fell before me.
Ah, what a glorious day! And what a direction it gave to my
life! It does seem, doesn’t it, that there are those very
special moments when the direction of life is set, and
everything after that is different? It does seem, doesn’t it,
that you come to critical moments, make-or-break moments,
that determine everything thereafter? That was the way it
was for me the day I slew the giant.
But today – can you hear this? Today, even though that
horrible curse is long gone, it feels as though it is back. It
feels as though my victories have evaporated and my hopes
have died. I am learning, to my shame, that you cannot stop
evil once and think it’s done with. You have to deal with evil
again and again. And, deepest of all, you have to deal not
only with the evil out there; you have to struggle with the evil
that is in here.
May I share my story with you? Shall I tell you my history,
that you may learn? Some of you are very young, and they
tell you not to bother, for the world out there is too much for
you and will take you down. Maybe my story will help you
know that you can win a victory.
And then there are others of you who are young in the Lord –
not necessarily young in years, but young in the Lord. You
have not known Him very long, and you feel that great giants
are coming up against you. Maybe I can help you
understand what will beat them back.
Moreover, I am sure there are some of you who are losing
your battles. There are some who have elected not to fight
at all, but just to line up on the side of evil and not the Lord’s
side. You’re here today, but it’s just your body and not your
heart. You are giving in when the world out there confronts
you. You are not even trying to fight. My story is for you too.
First, may I introduce myself? My name is David. I reign as
king of the tribes of Israel. My capital city is Jerusalem,
which I have made into a glorious place for my people and
for the Lord. But it is also a city of temptation and a place of
intrigue. There is something about capital cities – something
both wonderful and destructive, both attractive and repulsive.
I have reigned many years in Jerusalem, and am nearly
ready to go to my fathers. As I look back on my life, I see so
many victories, but I also see so many defeats. I see the
presence of God in so many ways, but I also see the power
of evil. Oh, if only I could go back! If only I could find the
flush of victory I first knew that day in the valley of Elah!
You see, I was but a boy. Three of my seven brothers had
gone up with King Saul to fight the Philistines, who seemed
determined to wipe us off the face of the earth. I was too
young for the army, nor did my father Jesse want to spend
any more of his sons for the dubious glory of war. But he did
want to know how his sons fared in that crucible, and,
knowing that a soldier is always hungry, he sent me with
bread and cheese to feed them and find out if they were well.
As I came to Elah that day, I could sense that something
special was afoot. The soldiers of Israel were murmuring
among themselves. I stopped to listen to their talk, and
heard that the enemy facing them had brought to the
battleground a new weapon, designed for mass destruction.
There was fear in the army of Israel. They were paralyzed,
unable to face this turn of events. What was it that the