Materials: Bible, paper, markers or crayons
Preparation: Read and study 1 Samuel 17. Draw pictures to use as visual aids as you tell the story.
Presentation: Show the pictures you drew as you tell the story.
Say: One day, David, a young boy, was watching over his father’s sheep when he received a message to go to his house. “David,” said his father, “your brothers, who are with the king of the Israelites, King Saul, are getting ready to fight against the Philistines. I want you to take them food. See how they are doing, and come back to tell me.”
When he arrived at the Israelite camp, David quickly went looking for his brothers. While talking to them he heard a loud voice yelling and insulting the God of Israel. David looked across the valley and saw a Philistine giant challenging the people of God.
“Instead of all of us fighting a battle with each other, choose one man and have him come fight me. If he kills me, the Philistines will be your servants; but if I kill him, you Israelites will become our servants,” this giant declared.
“Who is this man that dares insult our God?” asked David.
“He is Goliath, a Philistine giant. Everyone is afraid to fight him.” answered a soldier.
“I will fight him,” answered David courageously.
King Saul quickly heard about this young man in the Israelite camp willing to fight the giant. The king called David to his tent. When Saul saw David, he said, “David, you are just a boy. You can’t fight that giant.”
“With God’s help, I have killed lions and bears to protect my sheep. God protected me from being harmed by those wild animals. In the same way, I know God will protect me from this giant and help me defeat him.”
“Go,” said King Saul. “I know the Lord will be with you.”
David walked across the valley toward the Philistines’ camp. On the way, he stopped by a stream and picked up five smooth stones. He placed them in his satchel and took out his sling. He continued toward the giant, Goliath, and the Philistine army.
The giant was surprised to see David approaching him. In a loud voice, he said, “You are just a boy. Does Israel think that I am dog and they sent you, a little stick, to fight me?”
David was not scared to hear the words of the giant. He yelled back to the giant, “You come against me with sword, and spear, and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty. He will help me win this battle.”
Slowly the giant moved toward David. David quickly took a stone out of his bag and ran towards Goliath. He put the stone in the sling and shot it at Goliath. The stone hit the giant on the forehead, and he fell to the ground.
Say: Goliath chose to trust in his weapons to protect him, but David chose to trust God for protection.