These are David’s words to Goliath. Perhaps a bit of background would be helpful. David the shepherd boy has been sent by his father Jesse to take provisions to the valley of Elah where the Israelites are fighting the Philistines. There it seems that hardly anyone is glad to see him. Eliab, David’s oldest brother, tells him that a battle zone is no place for a boy, adding, “Oh, and by the way, who is looking after the sheep?” Even Saul, the king, lets it be known that boys have no place in the fighting.
David seems to be the only one with any kind of confidence and persuades Saul to let him oppose Goliath even without the protection of armour. David has confidence that the God of Israel, the one who delivered wild animals into his hand, will deliver this Philistine as well. David is so confident that he tells Goliath as much in verse 47.
Supreme confidence in the Lord! Have we such confidence in God and God’s offer of deliverance, not from Goliath, but from our sins? Do we, like David, have a quiet confidence that God loves us? Can we go through life feeling this way? How can we not?
God of love, sustain in us a confidence in your love for us. Amen. — AEA