It was in the Valley of Elah that David transitioned from being an unknown shepherd boy living in obscurity to being a giant killer about whom songs were sung. The valley was the turning point of his life. The valley was the place of elevation.
The most significant seasons of transition and promotion in our lives are often birthed in the valleys, the places we would rather not be, where we have to face head-on giant struggles, opposition, obstacles, intimidation, criticism and fears.
Goliath wasn’t a giant warrior to be feared; he was a giant doorway to David’s destiny. Similarly, the doorway to your greatest blessing is often through your most terrifying door. Instead of focusing on the giant, fix your focus on what awaits you on the other side. Realise that if the door is that huge, the room itself must be massive!
1 Samuel 17:2-11; 18:6-7
“Saul and the Israelites assembled and camped in the Valley of Elah and drew up their battle line to meet the Philistines. The Philistines occupied one hill and the Israelites another, with the valley between them. A champion named Goliath, who was from Gath, came out of the Philistine camp. His height was six cubits and a span. He had a bronze helmet on his head and wore a coat of scale armor of bronze weighing five thousand shekels ; on his legs he wore bronze greaves, and a bronze javelin was slung on his back. His spear shaft was like a weaver's rod, and its iron point weighed six hundred shekels. His shield bearer went ahead of him. Goliath stood and shouted to the ranks of Israel....On hearing the Philistine’s words, Saul and all the Israelites were dismayed and terrified....
....When the men were returning home after David had killed the Philistine, the women came out from all the towns of Israel to meet King Saul with singing and dancing, with joyful songs and with timbrels and lyres. As they danced, they sang: “Saul has slain his thousands, and David his tens of thousands.”