Surely he has come up to defy Israel. And it shall be that the man who kills him, the king will enrich with great riches, will give him his daughter, and give his father’s house exemption from taxes in Israel.” Then David spoke to the men who stood by him, saying, “What shall be done for the man who kills this Philistine, and takes away the reproach from Israel? For who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?” Now, David was a teenager at that time, we think. He was very young. And the people answered him in this manner, saying, “So it shall be done for the man who kills him.” And now Eliab, his (that’s David) oldest brother, heard when he spoke to the men. And Eliab’s anger was aroused against David. And he said, “Why did you come down here, and with whom have you left those few sheep in the wilderness? I know your pride and the insolence of your heart, for you’ve come down to see the battle.” So he takes him to task for being an arrogant, young teenager, who doesn’t really know how things work in the world, and who just really came down to see all the blood, and gore, and the fighting, and was irresponsible and wasn’t taking care of the sheep, etc.
V-29 – And David said – what every teenager says – “What have I done now? Is there not a cause?” And then he turned from him toward another and said the same thing. And these people answered him as the first ones did. Now when the words which David spoke were heard, they reported them to Saul, and he sent for him. So then David said to Saul, “Let no man’s heart fail because of him. Your servant will go fight with this Philistine.” And Saul said to Daivd, “You’re not able to up against this Philistine to fight with him, for you are a youth, and he is a man of war from his youth.” So it sounded to David’s brother, and to Saul, that David thought he could take on this giant all by himself. But David said to Saul, “Your servant used to keep his father’s sheep, and when a lion or a bear came and took a lamb out of the flock, I went out after it, and struck it, and delivered the lamb from its mouth. And when it arose against me, I caught it by its beard, and struck it, and killed it. Your servant has killed both lion and bear, and this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, seeing he has defied the armies of the living God.” Well, that sounds pretty cocky, doesn’t it? But notice what it says in verse 37.
V-37 – “Moreover,” David said, “the LORD, who delivered me from the paw of the lion, and from the paw of the bear, He will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.” And Saul said to Daivd, “Go, and the LORD be with you.” So he knew God was with him, and that he had to take action, but he knew that God would direct his steps, just like it says in the Proverbs. Maybe Solomon heard his father tell the story of the lion and the bear and the giant, and understood how God directs people’s steps, even when we plan our own way.
So let’s go back to what Nathaniel Brandon said. “Self-worth is a confidence in our ability to think and to cope with the challenges of life, and the confidence in our right to be successful and happy, to assert our needs, achieve our values, and enjoy the fruits of our efforts.” He said, “A positive self-assessment is a motivator in inviting us to act when others hold back.” David was acting when others were holding back. His self-assessment of what he could do was more than the others because he believed that God was involved with him – or would be. We get the sense from this that he believed that would happen because this man was doing something that was against the will of God – which was defying God’s people. So, it sounded like arrogance to some, but actually, it was really humility, wasn’t it? He was trusting in God to take care of him. But yet his assessment of himself with God involved was really positive. So he was able to go forward.