What did David do with the greatest trophy of the world of his day? David had won in open battle the spoils of Goliath. The sword of Goliath was the ultimate trophy. And what did David do with that treasured trophy? The same thing he did with all of his other treasures: David gave back to the Lord all of his treasures and trophies.
A simple chorus that was used during the offerings taken for the Lord in days past goes like this. Note the visual reminder these words paint of why we give, starting with every possession figuratively held in my hands:
All I have belongs to you;
For all I have has come from you.
Nothing I own, nothing I possess,
Is by my own hands, its by Your Faithfulness.
So please take this offering,
From a heart of Thanksgiving,
For You’ve given all I have.
Treasures of time and resources, given to God, will last forever.
Treasures offered back to the One who gave them, brings great glory and honor to Him. David models for all of us the great opportunity we have to invest what we cannot keep, to gain what we’ll never lose.
This Nob story is one of the greatest lessons in the Bible about how we should live our lives. Everyone who’s been to the Holy Land on one of my tours has heard it. As a group we go to the top of the Mount of Olives to look off in the distance at the ruins of Nob, just outside of Jerusalem. As we read what happened in 1 Samuel 21:1-9, I remind them that God also wants us to give all our trophies to Him because He alone deserves the credit and the glory for anything we accomplish. With such a heart to serve, there is no limit to what the Lord can do with, and in, and through us.
David is down. It is the saddest day of his life. While he is at the bottom, and getting driven out of town—he gets an unexpected hit. David is attacked, slandered, and painfully abused from a totally unexpected person. In that moment—we see the real David.
When you and I are at our most desperate moments we get a glimpse into what we really are. Where we decide to turn, when we face what we never wanted, never dreamed of happening to us—that is when what is really on the inside comes out.
In the midst of the worst time of his life David fell sound asleep. In the midst of one of the most dangerous situations David had ever faced he relaxed, sang a song to the Lord and laid down--completely confident that the Lord would protect him.
Have you ever really thought about why we sleep as humans? In fact, have you considered that every one of us will probably spend about 1/3rd of our life sleeping? And that sleep is not an accident—God is the designer and promoter of sleep.
Yes, God designed sleep for us His creatures. But why? As believers who look at life through the lens of God's Word (just as we are to do with all the rest of life)—we need to see sleep and life as having the very signature of God written across it. When God has designed something it is very special and has specific purposes that God wants us to know about. So have you gained the benefits of knowing what God has to say about one-third of our lives?
In 1 Samuel 17:4, 57-58 David is the giant killer and writes Psalm 8. We believe this because in the most ancient Jewish Targums—paraphrases of the Hebrew Old Testament into Aramaic from the time of Ezra onward—specifically point to this 8th Psalm as being about David and Goliath.
The words in the manuscripts before Psalm 9 are actually the ending of Psalm 8. Muthlabben means ‘death of champion’ and was paraphrased in the Targums referring to David’s killing the ‘man of the space between the camps’ in 1 Samuel 17:4. That no mans land was dominated by Goliath and was conquered by David.
Much like Satan was defeated by Christ's coming to earth. David may have sung this Psalm while in Saul’s court to comfort him when the demons troubled him.
Do you know how to get out of the "fear spiral"? God shows us through David's life! For quite some time everything had been going so well for David as the hero giant-killer, the worship leader for the king, the king’s chief warrior, a member of the king’s cabinet, and the king’s son-in-law. But then everything unexpectedly fell apart!
David had to flee for his life; his wife stayed behind with her father, King Saul; his parents were sent to Moab; his job, his standing, and his home were all lost; and when he fled to Gath he was captured by the Philistines. Consequently, David lost any remaining sense of personal safety and started to feel frantic!
As a believer, regardless of the extent of our spiritual maturity, it’s possible to reach a point so low we actually feel that everyone—even God—has abandoned us. That was David’s desperate condition when he wrote Psalm 13.