1 Samuel 17

Before Reading.

  • Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.


  • Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
  • Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
  • Take a note if you have question, inspiration.   

Read 1 Samuel 17

David and Goliath.  


The Philistine and the Israelites confronted each other in the battle. This story shows that David was more than just a young, musical shepherd for King Saul’s mental deterioration.

By showing confrontation between young David and giant Goliath, the writer of this 1 Samuel delivers the message that God’s covenant wins the battle (vv.45-50). A sling shot and five smooth stone do not seem to match with the sword and spear, nor a young boy David and Goliath who is 10 feet tall, wearing 150 pounds of armor, and carrying a 19-pound spearhead.

The Israelites were in great fear because they lost the faith and trust in God, and the promise from the covenant. David and his valor awakes the covenant of God to the Israelites; the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, the battle is the Lord’s. The sword and spear do not match with the Almighty God.

This story shows also the rise of young David to be known to King Saul more vividly, from invisible figure to visible one in King Saul’s palace (1 Samuel 16:14-23), which cause later the jealousy of King Saul against David.  

1. What does this passage tell you about God?

2. What does this passage tell you about people.?

3. What does this passage tell you about yourself and God’s will for you?  

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