David and Goliath

Age 5+: Read 1 Samuel 17:1-51
Under 5: Read about David and Goliath from a children's story bible or the short summary below.

The Philistines wanted to fight against God's people, the Israelites. They sent a huge fighter named Goliath out to challenge the Israelites every day for 40 days. No one wanted to fight him because they were too afraid. David bravely announced to the king that he wished to fight Goliath. At first, King Saul would not allow it, but then he agreed after David kept asking. David remembered when God had saved him from the paw of a lion and the paw of a bear. He knew God would protect him against Goliath. King Saul tried to give David a sword and armor to protect him in the battle, but it was too big for him. So instead, David grabbed some large stones and his sling, his only weapon against the mighty Goliath.

David must have felt so small as he walked toward the giant Philistine, but he showed no fear as he prepared to fight. David's strength and confidence was not in himself. Instead, he was relying on God to help him win the battle. David reached into his bag and took out a stone. He put it in the sling and slung it at Goliath. The stone hit Goliath on the forehead and he fell to the ground on his face.

David defeated Goliath, not with a sword and heavy armor, but with only a sling and a stone. David's faith in God had given him the confidence, and God had given him the ability to defeat the Philistine.
Discussion
Preschool questions:
Who did David fight? Goliath
What did David use to fight Goliath? A sling and a stone.

Elementary questions:
Who was too scared to fight Goliath? All the Israelite soldiers, even King Saul. Everyone except for David.
What had God done for David that caused David to trust in Him? He saved him from the lion and the bear.

Preteen application:
How do you think Goliath felt when David approached him? Confident, he hated and mocked David.
God tells us not to murder. Why did God help David kill Goliath? It was not murder. David killed Goliath to protect God's people, the Israelites.

Memory Verse: 1 Samuel 17:45“You come to me with a sword, a spear, and a javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord.” (NASB)

Journal (age 8+) Copy memory verse, think of a time when you have asked God for help and write down what happened, also write down any prayer requests.

Journal (age 3+) Draw and color a picture of David fighting Goliath. Copy memory verse if able.

Optional Activity: Mark a spot on your wall about 9 feet high. Wad up a few pieces of paper and try to hit it. Try to imagine how David felt as he approached Goliath.

Prayer: Praise and thank God, ask for forgiveness, submit any prayer requests.