I’ve seen two “interpretations” of King David in the last few days. The first is the David of the new NBC primetime show, “Kings”. The second is the tiny squeaky little Dave of Veggie Tale’s “Dave and the Giant Pickle”. Both of these Davids, different from each other as they may be, have one thing in common: they see themselves as little in the face of giant obstacles. They doubt themselves and their call.
In that way they are as different from the David of the Bible as context would make them appear. Our Biblical David had a tremendous amount of faith. While the people around him saw him as small and unspectacular, he did not see himself that way. While his role was mostly as a court jester cajoling Saul out of his more vicious moods, David himself knew his true potential. So when Goliath came and no one fought him, David saw this as an insult to Israel’s position as God’s favored people. And he said, (paraphrasing) “If no one else is going to remove this offense, I will.”
People were incredulous.
So David confidently said, “I’ve been tending my father’s flocks. And when the bear and the lion came, I delivered my sheep from their mouths. The God that gave me that strength will give me strength for this as well.”
No, “they’re big, I’m little.” No, “I’m just not as brave as you think I am.” No, “I know this sounds ridiculous.”
Just, “God gave me strength enough then, and he’ll give me strength enough now.”
David’s real brilliance was not in his beauty, his grace, or his cleverness. It was in his absolute faith in who God made him to be. It was in that trust. But that trust is not the trust that other media portray it as. It wasn’t the faith of saying, “I know I’m weak but you make me strong.” Cross out the first part of that sentence, let it read as only, “I know I’m weak but you make me strong.”
So my first path to overcoming obstacles? Have absolute faith in who God made me to be. Strangle the internal editor. Black out all of the voices that remind me of my weaknesses. Search for a true vision of who I am: the Lindsey that delivered the sheep from the mouth of the lion and the bear, the Lindsey who has always been sufficient for the task in front of her. Apply that knowledge of being properly made to every obstacle before me. So that, like David, when I see an offense to the call of God’s children, I can stand up with confidence and say, “if no one else is going to remove that, I will.”