Hi, I'm Tim Coombs, co-pastor of Trinity Presbyterian Church in Scotia, NY and a member of the network of biblical storytellers. To learn more about its mission, go to nbsint.org.
The story of David and Goliath is that classic story of the underdog beating the bigger stronger opponent, and it has laid out such a great story. First we have David who is the youngest of all his brothers, the sons of Jesse. His rutty hair and we are told he plays a harp, and he is asked by King Saul who is struggling with tensions and to come and play his harp for him so that it may soothe him. And that is why David happens around when the Philistines come and challenge the people of Israel but in an unique way, they have a giant of man named Goliath who says, ""Bring your best soldier out here, and if I beat him, we will conquer all of you, but if he beats me we lose to you."" Soldiers look at Goliath and nobody wants to fight him, but David walks out and he says who is this uncircumcised guy that challenged the army of God. And so he says, ""I will fight him,"" and everyone says, ""Hold, you cannot fight Goliath."" But eventually David convinces them. They give David all sorts of armor to put on, but David is like ""I cannot even walk in this."" And so David goes out, just David and his sling, and he takes five smooth stones with him. Well it turns out, he only needs one stone. He confronts Goliath, and Goliath makes fun of him and chastises him for being so small, while David takes his stone, whips it around, and throws and beans Goliath in the forehead. Goliath falls and dies, and David cuts off his head to bring to Saul. One of the points of the story is no matter how big you opponent is, they are only mortal and God's people will prevail. Trust in God, and God will see you through.