When going through difficulties, it is often a struggle to see just how you are going to make it through. The way seems too difficult and too long. Sometimes we blame God, forgetting what He has done for us. We feel tempted to think that we are forgotten and forsaken.
The man David was one who went through many hard times during the course of his life. If you read through the Psalms—many of which he wrote—you will see a picture of a man who was often crying out in agony and distress. David was a man of feeling who went through many trials and although David did not always choose the right path (cf. 1 Kings 15:5), there was a time in his life where he stood for what was right from which we can learn. There was a time when he trusted in the Lord to the extent that the Lord called him “a man after my own heart” (cf. Acts 13:22).
David was a man who even as a youth was a seasoned fighter, having to fend off strong creatures like bears and lions on a regular basis to protect his father’s sheep. Through all these challenges David recognized that it was God that protected and delivered him.
It was because of this acknowledgement of God’s help that when David saw Goliath, he was not afraid.
Without a doubt, Goliath cut an intimidating figure. He was so large and so incredibly terrifying that all the trained soldiers of the Israelite army were afraid to meet with him (1 Samuel 7:4-11). But while many of them looked on in fear at Goliath and thought that defeating him was an impossible task, David confidently said; “The LORD that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, He will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine”(1 Samuel 17:34-37).
When David saw this towering mammoth of a man, he simply saw him as one more trial that the Lord would get him through. Goliath would be overcome just like the other, smaller things David had defeated with the Lord’s help previously.
All through his life David continued to acknowledge his Lord’s saving power at work, saying; “I call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised, and I am saved from my enemies […] In my distress I called upon the LORD; to my God I cried for help […] my cry to him reached his ears” (Psalm 18:3, 6). David had complete confidence that the Lord would avenge him and save him from his enemies. He has seen God prove his power time and time again. Such was David’s faith and confidence in the Lord—so sure was he that he would be delivered again and again by the Lord’s almighty hand—that he talked about his future salvation as already having taken place.
Through our trials, if we will only call to remembrance the fact that God has delivered us before and will deliver us again, we can get through anything. Our confidence can be such that when we are facing a “Goliath” of a trial—upon simply remembering how God has helped us before with other, smaller trials—we can take heart and press on. When we are compassed around about with enemies, we can be confident that God is by our side and will ultimately avenge us.
We can be as confident as David, knowing that if we follow God and trust in His salvation “we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me” (Hebrews 13:6).
If you are reading this then you are alive now, and through your trials you have learnt how to overcome any future trials that will come your way. As my father said just this morning, “My wife and I have learnt to say, ‘Okay, we’ve just gotten through this trial—I wonder what larger thing is going to come up to try us next?”
Life does not get easier, you just get stronger.
You’ve fought bears and lions? Expect your Goliath, ready your slingshot, and be confident that you can take him down, just as you have taken down smaller things in the past.
With God, you’ve got this.
Psalm 27 (A Psalm attributed to David)
 The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
 Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident.
 For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock.
 And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me: therefore will I offer in his tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the LORD.
 Hear, O LORD, when I cry with my voice: have mercy also upon me, and answer me.
 When thou saidst, “Seek ye my face;” my heart said unto thee, “Thy face, LORD, will I seek.”
 Hide not thy face far from me; put not thy servant away in anger: thou hast been my help; leave me not, neither forsake me, O God of my salvation.
 Teach me thy way, O LORD, and lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies.
 I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.
 Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD!