There has been a lot written about the key of David over the last decade. Jason Upton sings of its relation to intimacy. Bob Gladstone calls it: “The willingness to live or die in protest to the law of sin and of death.” These are fantastic descriptions to view, or to start to unravel the meaning of the key of David.
As you read over David’s life, one can find many keys I believe that unlock the secrets of David’s amazing life and testimony that rings throughout both written and unwritten history. But what is the “key” determining factor that cause such a statement to be eternally and irrevocably made as “The Key of David?” This is a complex mystery that I do not claim to have completely unearthed and hold all the answers to. I believe it does start with intimacy, which is the only door to unlocking a life with God, and the secret mysteries waiting to be discovered through such a life. And such a life reveals the strength and fortitude needed to live in protest to this age.
I feel that between the intimacy and the protest that David found something. And I believe that this discovery will shed more light upon the revelation and understanding into the meaning of the “Key of David.”
David was a young man that spent time in his father’s fields watching his sheep. In the external is seems insignificant. Even at a young age David was able to conquer time. It was not wasted. He took his role as a shepherd very seriously. I believe that he both enjoyed it and found it challenging.
Not much in scripture is mentioned about the time he spent out there alone with his father’s sheep. In 1 Samuel 17 sits the massive story of David defeating Goliath. Suddenly in the trenches of the story David’s secret life is exposed even to the king of Israel. What David had been doing privately for years when no one was watching unexpectedly becomes the determining factor in the salvation of Israel from the hand of the Philistines.
Goliath had been taunting the armies of Israel for forty days. Saul and his army were afraid and hid from Goliath behind the rocks. David was not in the army, but still tending to the flocks. His father had sent him to bring supplies to his brothers. This day he happened to arrive at the same moment that Goliath came out the same words he had before:
I defy the ranks of Israel this day; give me a man the we may fight together. 1 Sam 17 :10 And David heard them. (v 23)
This is the morning that Goliath probably should’ve slept in. There is a difference in reaction when the same words are spoken, but there sound penetrates someone with the heart of God for his people.
David, I believe, arrives on the seen with his head and his hands up worshiping the Lord of host. His vision was on God. From this perspective he hears something. In order to even hear dribble that Goliath was trying to articulate, David had to look down just to see him. And, when all you have been doing is looking at God, Goliath doesn’t look that big. In fact in the shadow of the All Mighty, the giant is just a midget, even if he was nine feet tall.
Then David spoke to the men who were standing by him, saying, ‘What will be done for the man who kills this Philistine and takes away the reproach from Israel? For who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should taunt the armies of the living God? (v26)
I can imagine it went something like this: David says “Hey, what are you guys doing behind those rocks?” Then Goliath defies the armies and David hears him. David responds “WHAT! Who is this that dares to even fathom that in any way that he could ever speak such unthinkables to army of the LIVING GOD?”
When everyone else is afraid and in hiding, I am sure that David’s bold proclamations caused quite a stir in the camp. David was saying “Who does this giant think that he is?” And everyone else, including David’s brothers were saying “Who does David think that he is?”
Everyone else was so afraid because instead of looking at God like David was, they were looking at themselves. And in comparisson, they didn’t have much on Goliath.
The Lion and the Bear
As the percussions of David’s bravery echoed through the camp it reached the ears of Saul.
David said to Saul, ‘Let no man’s heart fail on account of this Philistine.’ Then Saul said to David, ‘You are not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him; for you are but a youth while he has been a warrior from his youth.’ (vv 32-33)
Saul thought that David was just a kid trying to be brave. He was comparing David to Goliath, which in the natural he is massively undermatched. If was comparing Goliath to the God in David, seeing with spiritual eyes, then it is Goliath who would have been massively undermatched!
But David said to Saul, ‘Your servant was tending his father’s sheep. When a lion and a bear came and took a lamb from the flock, I went our after him and rescued it from his mouth; and when he rose up against me, I seized him by his beard and struck him and killed him. Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; and this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them since he has taunted the armies of the living God… The Lord who delivered me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear , He will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.’ And Saul said to David, ‘Go and may the Lord be with you.’ (vv 34-37)
Even though David was a shepherd on the outside, on the inside, he was a warrior. “Wisdom” would have told David to cut his loses. This young man actually went out to rescue his father’s sheep from both lions and bears, and he lived to tell about it. He did not kill them from a distance with a sling, it says he grabbed them by their beards and struck them in their mouths.
In application for our own lives, this is a very important concept that can only be obtained through intimacy, from have your vision on God day and night will beasts such as lions and bears become things to triumph and not things to fear. If we cannot defeat the lions and bears in our private lives then how will we overcome the giants that strike fear in the heart of our generation?
Saul at this point heard David’s testimony and saw the warrior in David. However he was still looking at David the man and failed to realize the KEYto David’s strength.
Then Saul clothed with his garments and pur a bronze helmet on his head, and he clothed him with armor. David girded his sword over his armor and tried to walk, for he had not tested them. So David said to Saul, ‘I cannot go with these. for I have not tested them.’ And David took them off. (vv 38-39)
Saul tried to cloth David with the best armor that the age had to offer. The problem was that David was not used to fighting with the weapons of the age. He was used to fighting with the weapons of the age to come. Now that’s prophetic! Saul’s armor did not fit on David because David already had his armor ON!
As stated in Apostolic Essence, David was used to fighting with the ways of God and not the ways of man. If David would have met Goliath on Goliath’s terms, he probably would have had a much more difficult time. The problem for Goliath is that he ignored David’d prophetic warning and tried to meet David on God’s terms. David would not have been so bravely enraged if it were not for the heart of God that beat within him.
He took his stick in his hand and chose for himself five smoothstones from the brook, and put them in the shepherd’s bag which he had, even in his pouch and his sling was in his hand and he approached the Philistine. (v 40)
The Sword and the Stone
What is a sword? It is a rock that is cut out by human hands. What did David choose to fight with? Five smooth stones from the brook. Often brooks and rivers can represent the presence of God. He chose a weapon to defeat the giant of his generation that was formed in God’s presence.
What is the significance of the stone? As previously mentioned, in the studyApostolic Essence, I illustrated how in Matthew 16, Jesus declares that revelation from heaven is the foundation stone for his church. And then in the 2nd chapter of Daniel, a stone cut out without human hands strikes the statue that I believe represents the evil empire and scatters it like dust. That statue, that revelation from heaven then becomes a mountain that fills the whole earth.
I don’t think it is too much of a stretch to say that David, because of his secret life, was able to draw from God’s presence the revelation to defeat the giant and in doing so opened up and eternal door in heaven in which the kingdom of heaven invades and defeats the kingdoms of this world.
David was armed not with a sword, which is man’s way of doing things, but with a stone, which is revelation of God’s way of doing things. I believe this is the KEY OF DAVID. This is not the full unveiling of the matter but I know in my heart that this, on some level brings us closer into the discovery.
When Goliath say David approaching, he mocked him. David was looking at heaven, the armies looked at Goliath, and Goliath looked at David in the flesh as if he were a little child.
The Philistine also said to David, ‘Come to me, and I will give your flesh to the birds of the sky and the beasts of the field.’ Then David said to the Philistine, ‘You come to me with a sword, a spear, and a javelin, but I come to you in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have taunted. This day the LORD will deliver you up into my hands, and I will strike you down and remove your head from you. And I will give the dead bodies of the army of the Philistines this day to the birds of the sky and the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel, and that all this assembly may know that the LORD does not deliver by sword or by spear; for the battle is the LORD’S and He will give you into our hands.’
David prophesied to Goliath that he was putting his strength in his weapons and not in God and that in itself would be his downfall.The prophetic word itself was a stone being slung into the mind of Goliath even before the actual rock hit him.
Then it happened when the Philistine rose and came and drew near to meet David, that David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet the Philistine. And David put his hand into his bag and took from it a stone and slung it, and struck the Philistine on his forehead. And the stone sank into his forehead, so that he fell on his face to the ground.
Thus David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone, and he struck the Philistine and killed him; but there was no sword in David’s hand.
Then David ran and stood over the Philistine and took his sword and drew it out of its sheath and killed him, and cut off his head with it When the Philistines saw that their champion was dead, they fled. (vv 44-51)
The scripture specifically points out that David had no sword in his hand and thus he used Goliath’s own sword the cut the head off the giant. The wisdom of this age will end up cutting off its own head.
Just as in Daniel the stone destroys the statue, the idol, man’s way of doing things apart from God, the stone strikes Goliath and kills all that he represents. David verse Goliath is the apex of human reason verses divine revelation.
This released a generation from hiding behind the rock in fear of the giant. They rose up and defeated the army. David started a revolution. They saw someone with heaven in heart rise up in the moment and stand victorious. David may have not been crowned king in Jerusalem for another 13 years or so, but he was king in their hearts from that day forward.
Will the sound of your protest echo through the camp? Will you shepherd your time and defeat the lion and the bear in the dark so that you may stand in the hour of testing and plunge the stone of revelation into the head of the giant of our generation. Friend David was a forerunner for you. Jesus has empowered us through His Spirit to take the land for his kingdom. All of creation is groaning for another David, another son of God to be revealed and start a revolution! (Romans 8:19)
The Key of the King
Jesus makes the following statement in Revelation 2:7b in His letter to the church at Philidelphia:
He who is holy, who is true, who has the key of David, who opens and no one will shut, and who shuts and no on will open…
When a king possess a key it speaks of authority. Within his kingdom there are no doors he cannot enter, likewise, there are no doors that will be opened unless he permits it. David was the ultimate king in Israel and Jesus is saying that he is the one who holds the key, the secret, the authority, of the heart of David. Once again this is similar language to that in Matt 16:19.
With Jesus as our king there is no limitations in this age because we like in the age to come. His word in our heart is the mountain that is filling the earth.
The other desrciption of the Key of David in Scripture is in of kingdom as well:
Then I will set the key of the house of David on his shoulder, when he opens no one will shut, when he shuts, no one will open. Isaiah22:22
What does it take to open and shut like this? This is in essence unlimited power. And if Jesus Himself lives in us through the Holy Spirit, then we too can be like David. I believe the secret is in the life that David lived before the gift of the Spirit. Therefore we have the ability not just to kill a giant, but to slayers of giants all across this world.
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