David and His Mighty Men

David and Christ are one. David’s kingdom fell in 606 BC with Nebuchadnezzar’s destruction of Jerusalem, but “Sing we the King who is coming to reign!” Christ will return to set up the restored tabernacle of David! Between Christ’s first and second comings, however, a commission has been given to the representative of Christ’s kingdom today. This representative is the Church. In the age of grace, the Church is the kingdom, it is the bridge that will bring us fully into the manifestation of the kingdom, the restored tabernacle of David in the millennium.

The church has failed. It has lost its commission.

So, the Lord is sending out a battle cry to those who would be the called, the chosen, the faithful. Those who would be the disciples of the greater, real David, to those who would be the mighty men of David. Those who would risk their lives to draw water from the well at Bethlehem, to satisfy David’s thirst. Those who would stand guard at the bedposts so that David might find rest.

Who would be such ones?

Revelation 3:7 shows us to whom this call is given:

And to the messenger of the church in Philadelphia write: These things says the Holy One, the true One, the One who has the key of David, the One who opens and no one will shut, and shuts and no one opens

It is to Philadelphia, the recovered church, to whom the key of David is revealed. The key of David is the key to the kingdom. It is the overcomers of the recovered church that the commission that should have belonged to the whole church lies, they now have the responsibility to spread forth the kingdom.

Saints, in the local churches we must restore, recover the reality of the kingdom of God. For this we need to know and experience Christ as the real David, the One who has the key of David. We need to be one with the King!

And then, how do we exercise this authority? How do we fulfill this responsibility?

We must fight the spiritual warfare through prayer. We must fight to open doors, to release prisoners. Fight to bring in the kingdom. And we must fight to close the gates of Hades and of Death.

Teach us to pray that we may cause The enemy to flee, That we his evil pow’r may bind, His prisoners to free. Teach us to pray and firmly stand Upon the battleground, To fight and break the stronghold down, The enemy confound. Teach us to pray and use Thy rod In strong, prevailing prayer, Beneath Thy blood to shake the earth And powers of the air. By prayer and faith, O may we learn To labor, Lord, with Thee, To know the victory is ours And Thine authority.


The Highest Revelation

In Matthew 22:42 the Lord asked the question of questions: “…What do you think concerning the Christ? Whose son is He?…”

Though this question was directed at the questioning, argumentative Jewish scribes, it is a question that we must all answer. Who is the Christ? What is He to us? What relationship do you have to Him?

Well, if we take a look at Psalm 110 we find the highest revelation of this Christ, He is the King, He is the Priest, He is the Warrior, He is the Victor, and He is the Drinker.

However, what I took away from our brother’s sharing regarding this Psalm wasn’t so much how it is revealed, or even what it is, but it was the fact that these verses are and can be experiential to us.

As the King, God has made Christ to sit at His right hand. Psalm 110:1 declares, “Jehovah declares to my Lord,/ Sit at My right hand/ Until I make Your enemies/ Your footstool.”

In Ezekiel 1:22, 26 we see the living creatures and a great sapphire throne, between them an expanse like crystal. This shows us that when we exercise to have nothing between the Lord and us by exercising to keep an open fellowship with the Lord and with the saints, by keeping our conscience pure before God and men, then the Lord is enthroned in our being. It is from this throne that the flow of life proceeds. This flow of life is the abundance of grace. When we receive the abundance of grace we are restricted in our being. It is then that we can touch the fourfold power of the Lord: the resurrecting power, the ascending power, the subjecting power and the heading up power. It is through this power that Christ’s enemies are made a footstool for His feet.

In Ezekiel 47:1 we see the flow in the house of God. The flow involves two sides, the east, that of the rising of the sun indicating God’s glory, and the south side, or right side of the house where was the altar signifing the highest position in the universe, the place of preeminence. God has given Christ the highest position, He is the King! What He requires now, as made evident by the altar in Ezekiel 47 verse 3 of Psalm 110, is our consecration.

Saints, we need to cooperate with Christ’s heavenly ministry in the day of His warfare by presenting ourselves as freewill offerings to the Lord in the splendor of consecration and by being His young men who are to Him like the dew from the womb of the dawn.

We need to cooperate with Him by treasuring our time with the Lord. Our spirit, soul, and body belong to the Lord. He has bought us with a price. He loved us to such an extent that He gave Himself for us, and we are His, but what about our time? The statute regarding the burnt offering was that it was never meant to go out, it had to be kept burning morning by morning. So, do you treasure your time with the Lord? Do you set aside all other things and enter into your private room to allow the Lord the ground and room to work in you?

Oh Lord Jesus! I must confess that I still fall so very short of this! But I have been encouraged to come back to the Lord, to reconsecrate to the Lord, not to try to change something of what I am or what I am used to doing, not even to make a new year’s resolution to be a more consecrated, cooperative person with the Lord, but simply to come back and like John Nelson Darby tell the Lord, “Lord, I still love You.”

Saints, we need to be those coming back to the Lord again and again, early in the morning to contact the Lord and enter into the womb of the dawn. When we enter in, something is conceived within us, the refreshing watering dew for Christ’s satisfaction. We become this dew and Christ in His coming back becomes the Drinker!

What a precious revelation, what a most high revelation. Christ enthroned in our being as the King of Kings flows within us to cause us to consecrate our being fully to Him. When we consecrate ourselves to Him by coming back to Him morning by morning, the dew is conceived within us for Christ’s watering and satisfaction.

Oh Lord Jesus! Be enthroned in our being! Gives us the experience of the awesome crystal expanse with the sapphire throne above it. Be the faithful one in us that would flow us into the experience of consecration that we, Oh Lord, would be those who can satisfy Your thirst in the day of Your warfare.