Davey and Goliath
When I was a little girl, there was a program on tv on Sunday mornings called Davey and Goliath. It was one of the only cartoons at that time (that I can remember), and it was a beautiful series about a simple little boy who could conquer what seemed like insurmountable problems by placing his faith in God. As you hear in the clip above, the theme song was "A Mighty Fortress is our God."
I am always reminded of this series when I hear that tune or read the story of the goliath Philistine slain by the diminutive shepherd boy which is the Old Testament reading appointed for today.
As powerful as it is to think of that external battle, I believe we all fight the internal battle as well...the battle between the brute force of our own will and dominance against the desire to do the will of God.
As much as I would like to say it is only a onetime battle, I know it is ongoing, and we must always be on guard to stand up to our human will to dominate.
Just as David slayed Goliath with only a sling shot and a stone, so we can slay that human will in each of us by listening to the still small voice of God which says "in the name of the Lord of hosts" be still and know God and God's power and "love the Lord your God with all your heart and soul and love your neighbor as yourself."
The third verse from the hymn says it best.
3 And though this world, with devils filled,
should threaten to undo us,
we will not fear, for God has willed
his truth to triumph through us.
The prince of darkness grim,
we tremble not for him;
his rage we can endure,
for lo! his doom is sure;
one little word shall fell him.
May we all find that little word within us today, to quell our inner goliath will and claim the mighty fortress of God as our defense.