Kneeling between giants

five stones & a slingThe camera zooms in on David kneeling by a stream.  You are taken by how young he looks.  The only soundtrack is the water moving fast over the river rocks.  David is focused on choosing five perfect stones.  Looking closer, you see that his lips are moving.  Zooming in, you make out his words:

“The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.  He makes me to lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters.  He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.”

David’s focus now shifts from the stones to the sky.  With bright eyes and confidence, he looks with just as much focus to the heavens.  He speaks louder and the camera slowly pans out from above. . .

“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me, your rod and your staff they comfort me.”

The wide view now enables you to see that David is in a valley and on either side are ranks of men prepared for battle.  The music picks up intensity.  David’s position betrays his confidence.  He looks so vulnerable and small between those two armies.  He raises his voice further:

“You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.  You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.”

The giant paces back and forth.  Goliath is fierce.  He breathes violence and hurls insults at both David and David’s God.  There is another giant on the other side of David.  It’s not King Saul, although he did stand head and shoulders above most men.  It is FEAR.

God has lifted His favor from Israel’s king because of his rebellious heart.  The void is felt through the ranks of his men, and they are terrified in Goliath’s presence.

David stands now.  He is flanked by violence and terror.  He begins to run toward Goliath and sings in full voice:

“Surely goodness and love with follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.”

With the swing of a sling and the slash of a sword, two giants were defeated that day.


About Rich Stevenson

Rich is the Executive Director of The Malachi Network (, a ministry focused on making the name of the LORD great among the nations. This network serves young leaders in missions and church planting. Prior to his present ministry, Rich pastored in Southern New Jersey, planted a church in Wilmore, KY, established a network of churches, served as an adjunct professor at Asbury College and was a senior leader at The International House of Prayer in Kansas City, MO as well as The International House of Prayer in Atlanta, GA. Rich is the author of two books: Secrets of the Spiritual Life—10 Lessons from the One Thing Passages (Baker Books, 2003) A Voice from Home—The Words You Long to Hear from Your Father (WaterBrook Press, 2005) He graduated from Asbury College in 1984 with a BA degree in Philosophy of Religion and Asbury Theological Seminary in 1987 with a Master of Divinity degree. In 2010, Rich received an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Union Biblical Seminary in Yangon, Myanmar. Rich has been married to Tania since 1982 and they have been blessed by amazing children: Zachary and his wife Meghan, Jacob and his wife Lena, Jessica and Corrie Emma.
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