Rejoicing In The Presence of The Enemy
Realize That We Aren’t The Champions In The Story
Goliath’s most remarkable feature was his height; he was (lit.) “six cubits and a span” (= nine feet, nine inches) tall. Whether this measure refers to Goliath in or out of uniform is immaterial; his physical stature was awesome and psychologically overpowering, especially to the typically small Israelites.
Goliath was sheathed in metal. His head was covered with “a bronze helmet” (v. 5). In ancient Egyptian artwork Philistine soldiers are depicted wearing a feathered headdress, not a helmet; Goliath’s headgear therefore was apparently atypical, designed for the special needs of representative combat. Protecting his trunk was “a coat of scale armor weighing five thousand shekels” (= 126 pounds).
As if all this were not enough, Goliath also had a “shield bearer” who “went ahead of him.”
Goliath’s physical stature, armor, weaponry, and shield bearer must have made him appear invincible