With this, Goliath had to prove himself and all of his brawn. His muscles would surely be enough he thought, yet somehow it appeared that he was not so confident that his muscles would stand the test, and maybe because his confidence showed some lacking, maybe this is why he opted to wear such an incredible breastplate of five thousand shekels. His breastplate was not made from his good character, nor was it light enough that he would become swift to the kill, yet it did cover his huge stature and muscles! I’m sure that he was eager to rush to a battle that there was no way he could ever lose, or so he thought. Now here comes David, a small Shepherd Boy and he was just as eager to finally silence the mouth of this rebellious fool, as we read,
“And it came to pass, when the Philistine arose, and came and drew nigh to meet David, that David hasted, and ran toward the army to meet the Philistine.” 1Samuel 17:48
There was no fear in David! He ran to fight for his God! Are we as eager as David was, that we run to fight for the things of God?
Again why is it that David being eager to confront Goliath was able to run towards him? Because he was not weighed down by this heavy armor! So we learn a very important key to victory here, and that most important key is, lay aside every weight which could possibly hinder us from running! David was able to run because, as we read, “David said moreover, The Lord that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine.” And follow this closely, “And Saul said unto David, Go, and the Lord be with thee. And Saul armed David with his armor, and he put a helmet of brass upon his head; also he armed him with a coat of mail.” 1Samuel 17:37, 38 In other words Saul weighed David down with this heavy suit thinking that he was doing David good to protect him, but listen to David’s response:
“And David girded his sword upon his armor, and he attempted to go; for he had not proved it. And David said unto Saul, I cannot go with these: For I have not proved them. And David put them off of him.” 1Samuel 17:39