The details surrounding not only this episode but the entire story of David’s life are filled with implications beyond David himself or even his people, the Israelites. He was from the tribe of Judah and the town of Bethlehem. Born of humble circumstances, he served as a shepherd though was destined to be a king.
Just as David approaches the battlefield he sees the soldiers getting into their positions, lining up on both sides, shouting their war cries and invectives. Entering the camp, he quickly finds the quartermaster and leaves his things with him, then rushes toward the front lines.
“What is this all about?” asks David.
“This man has been making his challenge to us for forty days, every morning and every evening. He is defying Israel.” Other men beside David’s brothers were speaking with him and explaining what had been taking place.
David, perplexed and indignant, peers at them. “Why doesn’t someone do something?”
Upon entering his presence, David says to the king, “Don’t let anyone lose heart because of this Philistine. I, your servant, will go and fight him.” …
Spying the menacing sword where it has fallen, David reaches down to pick it up. When he slides it out of its scabbard the razor-sharp blade flashes blindingly. With both hands he is able to raise it, unsteadily at first, but then with more strength and control — and confidence — high above his head. Pausing ever so slightly for a prayer of petition and pledge of duty, God’s young servant brings the sword down with godly fervor.