When God is for us, who can stand against us? Listen to the story of David and Goliath.Listen Now
All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.”1 Samuel 17:47
Have you ever heard Philippians 4:13 which says, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”? In this story, meet David, an unlikely warrior who had God on his side.
DAVID is a young man of deep conviction. A warrior-poet. He plays his harp.
I praise you, Lord! I magnify your great name! The name of the Lord of hosts! The God of the armies of Israel!
(long beat) Baaah. (Other sheep chime in.)
(sigh) Armies of Israel...Why am I composing all these songs for a bunch of sheep?
Blaaah. This is my life. (to God) Lord God, I know you have great things for me to do. The great prophet Samuel said so. He anointed me as king--whatever that meant.
And you’ve allowed me to play for King Saul now and then. But...God?
Why am I here?
SHEEP 1 (panic)
(to himself) Hmmm. Something’s not right...
(gasp!) A lion!
(calling) I call upon the name of the Lord of hosts!
(yells as he runs to the lion)
David comes upon the lion.
Let go of my sheep! Let go!!! (Beats the lion with his staff)
Go, little lamb!
LION has biggest roar
God, this battle is yours. Help me!
David attacks the lion with a decisive blow of his staff--his biggest strike yet.
The LION FALLS to the ground with a THUD.
David falls to his knees.
Oh, God. I praise you Lord! I magnify your great name!
Yes!(smiling) Amen! Amen!
INT. HOUSE - MORNING
JESSE, 80s, is no-nonsense, matter-of-fact.
(calling) David? David!
(approaching) Yes, Father?
My soul is troubled. I worry for your brothers...for the army of Israel.
Is there anything I can do?
Here, take this to your brothers. Roasted grain, ten loaves of bread. And take this cheese to their commanding officer. Find out how your brothers are doing. Bring back news right away. And David...
EXT. ELAH VALLEY David comes up over a ridge.
(to himself) There it is! Elah Valley! There’s the army of Israel. And...the army of the Philistines! So cruel, so evil!
(intimate conversation with God)
May we shout for your victory, God! May we lift up our banners in the name of our God! (to himself) Yes!!
EXT. ELAH VALLEY - HILL - LATER
David runs up to a HEZRON, late 20s, a warrior, yet kind.
(approaching, calling) Excuse me.
What do you need? Why aren’t you dressed for battle like the rest of us?
I’m looking for Eliab [ee LIE ab], Abinidab [ah BIN ah dab], and Shammah (SHAH mah]?
I saw Eliab earlier this morning. And you are...?
David, I’m their brother.
My name is Hezron.
(far off) Move out, men! Battle formation!
You’re lining up to fight?! Can I come?
It’s not much of a battle.
What do you mean?
You’ll see. Come on.
EXT. ELAH VALLEY - BATTLEFIELD
Soldiers stand quietly, nervously.
(sotto voce) Why is it so...quiet?
(sotto voce) Shhh! You’re about to see.
Suddenly, on the opposite hill--a man stepped forward from the army of the Philistines. But this was no ordinary man.
GIANT FOOTSTEPS STEP FORWARD.
He stood nine feet tall. He was covered in bronze that flashed in the sunlight. On his head, a bronze helmet. On his chest, a bronze breastplate, weighing 125 pounds. On his legs, coverings of bronze. Strapped to his back, a huge bronze sword. His colossal hands lifted up a mighty spear, topped with a massive spearhead of iron. The dark shadow of the giant and his spear fell upon the pale faces of the soldiers of Israel.
(sotto voce) Who is that?!
(sotto voce) Goliath!
GOLIATH, 30s is a bellicose behemoth.
Choose one man! One man to fight me! If he is able to kill me, we will be your servants. But if I kill him, you shall be our servants. I defy the army of Israel! Choose one man!
(shouting) Run! (etc.)
(shouting) Flee! Retreat! (etc.)
The soldiers flee.
EXT. ELAH VALLEY - HILL
Hezron catches his breath.
I don’t understand! Why did we run away from this...this uncircumcised Philistine?!
(panting) I was like you once... before I saw what war is really like.
(loudly) What will be done for the man who kills Goliath? For the man who takes away this shame from Israel? He is defying the army of the living God!
For the man who would kill a giant like that? King Saul will grant him great riches. And give his own daughter--the princess--to be his wife. And his father will be exempt from taxes.
All that doesn’t matter..
Doesn’t matter?! What are you saying?
Eliab comes up.
What are you doing here?!
Eliab! Father sent me, with food. See?
I’m sure you didn’t mind. You left your sheep to come see the battle, didn’t you? I know you!
What have I done? I just--
Give me the food! He grabs the food.
Go back to your sheep!
ABNER, 40s, is a mighty warrior.
Come with me!
I...I don’t understand.
What you have said has been reported to the King! And now the king has summoned you.
What did I say? Reported to King Saul?!
(aside) Looks like your arrogance has caught up with you, little brother.
INT. KING SAUL’S TENT - LATER
David bows before Saul.
Yes, King Saul, let me be the man! I will fight this Philistine!
KING SAUL,is impulsive, arrogant, and prone to anger. His bravado masks his inner insecurity.
You’re so young! Goliath has been a warrior his entire life!
I have kept my father’s sheep. And when a lion or bear came to attack, I went after it, struck it, and rescued he lamb from its mouth. The same God who delivered me from the claws of the lion and the claws of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine!
The Lord be with you!
Saul suited up David with his own armor, put a bronze helmet on this head, and handed him a sword. But David found it too awkward to wear. He took off the armor. And he picked up his staff and five smooth stones from a brook. He slipped the stones into a leather bag he carried with him.
EXT. BROOK - LATER
David chooses five stones from a brook.
(to himself) That should do it!
Suddenly, a voice split the silence- -a voice that chilled David’s soul...
You! A boy! (calling to Israel) This is the mighty man you choose to fight for you, Israel? (laugh)(to David) And you! Am I a dog, that you come at me with sticks? Come here, boy. And I will give your flesh to the birds of the air and the beasts of the field!
David stands up.
You come to me with a sword, a spear, and a javelin. But I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts--the God of the armies of the Israel! The One you have defied!
This day, the Lord will deliver you into my hand! I will strike you, and take your head from you.
Oh you will?!
On this day, I will give the bodies of the army of the Philistines to the birds of the air and the beasts of the earth!
Your arrogance will be your death, boy!
The world will know there is a God in Israel! And this army will know that God does not save with sword or spear. For this battle is the Lord’s! And He will give you into our hands!!
The giant came after David. And David ran straight toward the giant. As he ran, he slipped his hand into his leather bag and took out one stone. He stopped.
(shouting as he runs)
Come here, boy!
David put his stone in a sling. Spun it about his head. Took aim. And slung his stone toward Goliath.
(slings his stone)
The stone shot into the air...and planted into Goliath’s forehead.
(struck in pain) AHHHHHHH!
Goliath stood for a moment, stunned. As all the armies of Israel and the Philistines watched, the towering giant tottered, then fell to the earth.
He hits the ground with a MAGNIFICENT THUD!
David ran toward the fallen giant. He grabbed Goliath’s own sword. And took his head.
The Philistines were stupified. Shocked. And suddenly...scared. Their champion was dead! They fled. And with a great shout, the army of Israel ran after them.
(SFX: ARMY BATTLE CRY AND CHARGE)
So David prevailed over Goliath, armed with a sling and a stone. And something much more...
(quietly before God) Oh, God. I praise you Lord! I magnify your great name!
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