1 Sam 1726 “Who is this ….. (that I hear), that he should defy the armies of the living God”.
Here is another aspect about what we hear – or rather what is said! Goliath speaks in vs8-9 to offer a deal, a bargain, a one-on-one contest between himself and a “man” out of the men of Israel. He does this every morning and evening for 40 days (v16). Then David heard him (v23).
You get the impression that the offer from Goliath is meant to be an orderly event! Whoever loses will simply capitulate and put down their weapons, surrendering to become slaves!
But look at what happens once the dual/fight is over and it’s obvious that David has won. In v51 it says “when the Philistines saw their champion was dead they fled! It wasn’t fair. They failed to keep their side of the deal that was offered!
So Goliath lied. It was all a lie. Remember the devil is a liar. He lied in from beginning when he challenged God, saying in Gen 3 v3 “hath God said”. So we see that we must not listen to the lies of the enemy as he will never keep his word or side of any bargain. In John 844 it says “he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar and the father of it”. Lying is part of the devil’s character.
Truth is an attribute of God’s character. So we need discernment – a believing heart – to listen for the voice of truth. The truth sets us free John 832.