At the end of Chapter 19, David’s general defeats Rabbah and takes the crown off of it’s king and places it on David’s head. Chapter 20 tells three stories of more giants of Gath are defeated by Israel. One of David’s soldiers and one of his brothers defeat giants of the Philistines to bring them under Israel control. One of the giants is described as having six fingers and six toes and being “a man of huge stature.” David has subdued the enemy. The giants in the land have finally been subjected to God’s rule under David’s leadership. The battles are over!

David was the original giant killer. His men follow in his footsteps. All these mighty men become valiant warriors and reap the rewards of their victories.

I don’t know about you but I agree with Amy Carmichael. Sometimes when we read the words of those who have been more than conquerors, we feel almost despondent. I feel that I shall never be like that.

David’s men and family looked to him as the example. He went first and won the original victory and they followed in his wake victorious also. In our battles of life we too have a hero to follow. The one who fought and defeated the giants we all must face.  He leads us to victory in our battles as well. Paul said that no matter what giants we face we must never forget that “in all these things we are more than ?conquerors through ?him who loved us.  For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

In Christ we too are victorious and can celebrate the great victories over the giants that come against us!  We can take the crowns off of the defeated dominions that used to reign in our lives and cast them at the Lord’s feet. We’ll actually do that someday!

“Don’t speak evil against each other, dear brothers and sisters. If you criticize and judge each other, then you are criticizing and judging God’s law. But your job is to obey the law, not to judge whether it applies to you.” James 4:11