Tuesday, May 11, 2010

May 11, 2010

"David said to Saul, "Let no one lose heart on account of this Philistine; your servant will go and fight him." I Samuel 17:32

If there would have been a National Basketball Association back in Goliath's day, the story could have been a lot different! The guy was seriously tall! How would you like to drive to the basket against him? He could have been a shot blocker and rebounder in the mold of the great Bill Russell! Had he decided to post up in the lane who could have stopped him from scoring?

But, alas, this was about 30 centuries before Dr. Naismith nailed up the peach basket. So Goliath had to settle for a military career. Fortunately, being nearly nine-feet tall and weighing in excess of 500 pounds had some distinct advatages in an age where most battles were fought via hand-to-hand combat.

So, what was a kid half his size doing running out to face him with only a slingshot and a purpose? What was he thinking?

That is what I want to talk about in this post.

One of the five stones that David had when he confronted Goliath was the stone of purpose. And oddly enough, his purpose wasn't just to kill a giant. He had a much higher purpose and Goliath had the misfortune of stepping in between David and that purpose.

What was the purpose David lived for if it wasn't killing giants? Let's answer with him own words:

"As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God." Psalm 42:1

"Praise the LORD, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits" Psalm 103:1-2

"Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth. Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs." Psalm 100:1-2

"Praise the LORD. Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens. Praise him for his acts of power; praise him for his surpassing greatness. Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise him with the harp and lyre, praise him with tambourine and dancing, praise him with the strings and flute, praise him with the clash of cymbals, praise him with resounding cymbals. Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD." Psalm 150

David's purpose was to love God and to know God and to serve God and to do God's will. Goliath got in the way of that plan and dared to ridicule the people of God. So, Goliath had to go. It wasn't personal - it was purpose. David was living for something bigger than a killing a giant, he had a giant-sized purpose because he served a great and mighty God.

Are you living on purpose? Do you have a bigger-than-life reason for living? Do you have an all-consuming motive for living? Will you purpose to live for God?

It comes down to this, you will live life with a giant purpose or you will live with giant problems.