The story of David and Goliath is one that many of us are acquainted with. You can read this marvelous account in 1 Samuel chapter 17. I love the narrative and the life of David. This little shepherd boy who spent hours in the wilderness rose to become King of Israel. There are so many lessons we can learn from the life of this amazing man. But in my view it was his early years that helped to mold him and prepare him for his future. Here are a few lessons I think we can learn from this amazing character.
1. David used his private time developing his skills: This young shepherd boy spent hours in the wilderness looking after sheep. He also spent hours playing his harp and honing his skill. But I imagine it was in the wilderness that he really developed his ability with the sling.
2. David used his private time developing his relationship with God: As David played his harp he worshiped his God. These quiet hours in the wilderness were not wasted in boredom or fatigue. No! David was growing internally and developing his relationship with God. That would serve him well in the future when he faced his many foes and would need to rely heavily on the God he had grown to love and know as a shepherd boy.
3. David used his private time to prepare his own heart: I think David had a sense that God’s Hand was on his life and he wanted his heart to be ready for whatever God had for him. When King Saul abused David, this young shepherd boy did not retaliate he honored him as King. David never threw spears back at Saul when Saul threw them at him. He honored Saul as King to the very end of his life. I believe it was because David had worked intentionally to keep his heart pure and right. It would serve him well in the future.
Because David’s private life was in order his public life succeeded. His skills brought him victory with the giant Goliath. When David confronted the giant he knew his skill had been honed and he was assured that he would hit his target. He could be confident publicly because of his discipline in private. As a result of David’s hours of worshiping God on his harp he was ready to respond to the awesome responsibility of kingship. And David’s heart was also ready for all the challenges of leadership. David had kept his heart in private so that in public he could be strong and successful. The Bible says: "God prospered David in everything."
There are so many lessons we can learn from this great Old Testament character. However, I think one of the incredibly helpful lessons is that the quiet and private places of your life are more important that you realize. What you do in private will ultimately reveal itself in the public place. I pray that you will use your quiet and private moments wisely and become a person of great worth in the public place.
I am and always will be,
Recklessly abandoned, ruthlessly committed and in relentless pursuit of Jesus,