“Then David spoke to the men who were standing by him, saying, ‘What will 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 taunt the armies of the living God?’” (17:26)
“But David said to Saul, ‘Who am I, and what is my life or my father’s family in Israel, that I should be the king’s son-in-law?’” (18:18)
It’s clear from a few statements (the above included) David makes, he is coming at things with a different perspective than everyone else.
The Holy Spirit was alive in David. He knew the power and fame of God, so much so that Goliath seemed laughable, even though he intimidated everyone else. He understood is own humble position, so much so that he didn’t count himself worthy to be the son-in-law of Saul, even though he knew that was part of the prize of killing Goliath.
When everyone else was saying “of course you can’t!” Or “of course you can!” David was operating under assumptions seemingly unique to him.
What are those assumptions? All power and authority is distributed by and subjected to God. A giant warrior doesn’t automatically have more power because of his stature and experience. A shepherd boy from an inconsequential family doesn’t automatically become part of a royal family, just because he did something significant.
When do I feel outmatched? When do I feel entitled? What am I supposing about God and myself in those moments? Isn’t that connected? Most actions exemplify our believes about God, self and others. By the grace and Spirt of God, David started from a truer place. What about you?