Almost anything! I do not mean this in a deprecating way, for he was loved by God; perhaps for the depth of all of his passions – and they were many: The greatest of which was for his Creator.
The first of his attributes was his daring. He is best known for his first amazingly improbable episode; the slaying of Goliath. It is recounted in what would appear to be like a fairy tale on it’s surface. The headline might read;”Today, boy fells 400 lb. giant with a small rock to the head then cuts the head off with his own sword – then delivers it to the King.”
File that with Jack and the Beanstalk and Gulliver’s Travels folklore
It is however true, though in some ways not as miraculous as it would appear.
While David may be quoted to say; “This day the Lord will deliver you (Goliath) into my hand”. Surely He did. He had help; Surely God’s, but amazing guts and skill.
Goliath had stood before King Saul for 40 successive days and called for a one on one, winner take all challenge to the death. No takers. Saul had absolutely no clue who that might be.
David the child/Shepard appeared on a delivery, having left his sheep, and quickly
vowed he would be the one. He was nearly laughed off the battlefield until he recounted his encounters with a lion and a bear who had attacked one of his lambs, and were quickly dispatched by his sling and small stones.
King Saul had nothing to lose and sent him out. As David sprinted toward the giant, Goliath was so stunned by the absurdity of it all that he froze to make the perfect target. He was toast….. a shot between the eyes.
What we have come to know is that the slingshot thing was not a stretch. It had been used for centuries as a rather effective and fearsome weapon for many an infantry. This can, in no way, diminish the bravery of the act, but it speaks to the possibility. Anyway, who among us could rustle up the skills much less the courage?
As we will find, this is one of many displays of David many strengths.
As for King Saul. He was soon to find David was a worthy competitor for the love of his nation… and for God’s Holy endorsement.
He could but cry; ” Who is that masked man?” No, actually it was; “Whose son art thou young man? The reply was; “I am the son of they servant Jesse the Bethlehemite”.
Oh yes, and much more – as we read next “David’s Desires”. Tune in.