Family Devotion: David the Giant Killer

David is a key figure in the Old Testament.  He was a part of Jesus’ family tree.  He killed a bear and a lion and was anointed king, all while he was a boy.  There are several books in the Bible that record his history and he wrote many of the Psalms.  Acts 13:22: “God testified concerning him: ‘I have found David son of Jesse a man after my own heart.”  There is much that we can learn from him and his life.  This is the first in a series that will take a look at several key moments in his life, including his encounter with Goliath, his friendship with Jonathan, and his sin. This series is from FamilyTalk: a guide to family devotions.


Family Devotion David—the giant killer

Think about it—David was on a mission from his father to bring food to his brothers. His day went from ordinary to extraordinary when Goliath stepped out on that field. Sometimes God’s plans are bigger than our plans, no matter how old we are.

But I am just a kid……

Philippians 4:13 I can do everything through him who gives me strength.

1 Timothy 4:12 Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.

Read 1 Samuel 17:27-58

Why was David so confident that God was with him?

Would you have been afraid if you were David?


Read 1 Samuel 17:1-27

Why was David going to the battle field?

Why was the army afraid of Goliath?

Do you think David was afraid?


David may have been just a boy, but he understood that nothing is impossible when God is on our side. He knew that God was with him when he killed a bear and a lion (by hand!), and he knew that God would be with him when he faced the giant.

God is with us all the time, we just need to remember that. We may not have giants in the form of big, mean people that we face, but instead we may face giants in the form of a fear, a bully, a bad habit….and the list could go on. The next time you are faced with a ‘giant’ issue, remember David and what he accomplished with God’s help, and ask God to help you face your ‘giant’.


It doesn’t matter how old you are, God can still use you for great things. Remember, He is bigger than any issue we could face, and He is always with us!


If you like this devotion, it is a part of FamilyTalk: a guide to family devotions available on Amazon for only .99. You can also check out The Finding Story, a collection of family devotions from a series based on Finding Nemo.


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About the Author

Ron is happily married to his best friend, and dad to the best daughter you could imagine. As a teacher and children's pastor, he has over 20 years experience of teaching, leading, writing, creating and consulting. He has written for churches, contributed to several collaborative publications, and written a #1 Best Selling Devotional, Got Fruit? on Amazon. His blog is consistantly listed in the Top 40 Children's Ministry Blogs and Websites. Don't hesitate to ask if you think he could help you and your ministry in any way.

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