David and Goliath is one of the most popular stories in the Bible. For forty days, the infamous Philistine giant held the Israelite army hostage – defying them, taunting their God, and flaunting his might in their faces. For forty days, King Saul and all the other Israelites were dismayed and terrified. They didn’t know how they were going to get out alive of the pickle they were in. Thankfully, David volunteered to fight Goliath. Because David relied on the power of God, he was able to defeat Goliath with just a slingshot and a stone.
After Goliath was defeated, David became the de facto leader of the Israelite army. Whatever mission he was sent on, he was successful. All Israelite troops and officers, and Saul’s son, the prince Jonathan, admired and loved him and were eager to follow him into battle. Even the common Israelite people loved David. 1 Samuel 18:6-7 reads:
When the men were returning home after David had killed the Philistine, the women came out from all the towns of Israel to meet King Saul with singing and dancing, with joyful songs and with timbrels and lyres. As they danced, they sang: “Saul has slain his thousands, and David his tens of thousands.”
This little ditty made Saul very angry and jealous, of course, but we’re not focusing on him. We’re focusing on the women who sang and danced because of the great miracle that God had worked for them through a simple shepherd boy who would later become their warrior and king.
1. The singing and dancing women were happy for the success of another. If David had been defeated by Goliath instead of defeating him, no doubt these women would have had no dance. There would have been crying instead of singing and sorrow instead of joy. Before David came along, loud mouth Goliath repeatedly shouted out that if he defeated the man who fought him, the Israelites would become slaves of the Philistines and serve them. But, not so! Not so! Things turned out quite differently than Goliath imagined. It was he who was defeated and the Philistines who ran in fear when they saw that their hero was dead.
David’s victory over Goliath was a victory for the entire nation of Israel. Many of them probably regarded it as a miracle from God. Never before had a shepherd boy with no official military training waltzed out to the battlefield, twirled a slingshot, unleashed a stone, and felled a giant with one blow. Never before. Never again. When the women heard about David’s heroism, they poured out of the towns of Israel to welcome him and the Israelite army back home with singing, dancing, and great joy. They didn’t care that it hadn’t been King Saul or some other top military brass who defeated Goliath. They were just happy their enemy was killed and they could live in peace again. They gave credit where credit was due, and praised David for his defeat of Goliath.
Even when we are not directly involved in a victory, we can still be happy for those who are. We can rejoice at the triumph of others and praise God when He uses unlikely people to do the impossible.