By whom was David taught
To aim the dreadful blow,
When he Goliath fought,
And laid the Gittite low?
No sword nor spear the stripling took,
But chose a pebble from the brook.

’Twas Israel’s God and King,
Who sent him to the fight,
Who gave him strength to sling
And skill to aim aright;
Ye feeble saints, your strength endures,
Because young David’s God is yours.

Who ordered Gideon forth,
To storm the invader’s camp,
With arms of little worth –
A pitcher and a lamp?
The trumpets made his coming known,
And all the host was overthrown.

A pebble, thus we’re taught,
(A sword I will forego)
Says God, to bring to naught
And quell the giant foe;
I’ll use a lamp and pitcher too
To show the wonders I can do.