Once I took a personality assessment that suggested my coworkers should never dream with me or they would waste time. It’s because I love dreaming. I’m attracted to stories of dreamers, which has made David one of my favorite Bible characters.
Something recently stood out to me from the familiar story of David and Goliath that had everything to do with David’s dreams. Take a look:
“Thus David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone, and he struck the Philistine and killed him; but there was no sword in David’s hand. Then David ran and stood over the Philistine and took his sword and drew it out of its sheath and killed him, and cut off his head with it…Then David took the Philistine’s head and brought it to Jerusalem, but he put his weapons in his tent.” – 1 Samuel 17:50-51, 54
“So all the elders of Israel came to the king and Hebron, and King David made a covenant with them before the Lord at Hebron; then they anointed David king over Israel…Now the king and his men went to Jerusalem against the Jebusites, the inhabitants of the land, and they said to David, ‘You shall not come in here, but the blind and lame will turn you away’; thinking, ‘David cannot enter here.’ Nevertheless, David captured the stronghold of Zion, that is the city of David.” – 2 Samuel 5:3, 6-7
Details matter, like the details of what David did with Goliath’s head after he killed him – he took Goliath’s head straight to Jerusalem.
Details matter, like the fact that Jerusalem had never been conquered by Israel, not by Joshua or Caleb or any of the judges, and was still controlled by Jebusites.
Details matter, like how the first thing David did once he was king of all Israel, not just of Judah, was to conquer Jerusalem and make it his capital city.
When David worked for Saul as a musician, he also still shepherded his father’s sheep and went back and forth between the two jobs (1 Samuel 17:14-15). Saul’s city was Gibeah, about nine miles north of David’s city, Bethlehem. Jerusalem was right in the the middle, only about four miles north of where David grew up. He was keenly aware of how strong this city was, that it had never been conquered, and that it still belonged to gentiles.
But David also knew he had been anointed king of all Israel. His first act of war was to serve as Israel’s champion against Goliath, but his second act of war was to promise the Jebusites that their fate would be the same as the giant’s. His declaration was, “My God delivered this giant into my hands, and one day he will give me this city as well.”
It’s quite likely David also knew Jerusalem was built on the mountain where Abraham went to sacrifice Isaac, and was therefore a mountain of great importance to Israel. How much did it burn in him, as he led his father’s sheep past those great walls time and time again to find pasture, the insult it was to Israel that this stronghold remained as a blemish in their land, mocking them just as Goliath’s words did as they rang out for those forty days? How long did that fire burn in him as a youth that his first thought when he defeated Goliath was to bring his head to the door of his familiar nemesis? And, oh, how that fire still burned more than a decade later when he at last fulfilled his promise and overthrew yet another giant – that giant Jebusite fortress, Jerusalem.
What fire burns in you today? Be encouraged that your fire may well be why you were born.
While your victories may start smaller than what truly burns inside of you, like David, the lion and the bear prepare you for the giant, and the giant will prepare you for the fortress, so that one day you will praise God for the fire He placed inside you when you were young.
The details matter. You matter. Your fire matters. And most of all what matters is that God is with you.
Let your fire burn. Dream big. It will come to pass.