By: Rev. Steve Willoughby
Prophecy is the spirit of possibility. Prophecy is the voice of Jesus saying, “This is what I know is possible if you stick with me.”
Vision is the spirit of inspiration. Vision is when I see myself having a part, having a place, in the possibility. This seeing, this knowing, this daring to believe, this faith inspires me to make personal application. This gets me involved in God’s Kingdom possibilities.
1 Samuel 18:7 (KJV)
And the women answered one another as they played, and said, Saul hath slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands.
Why were they singing that David had killed tens of thousands of Philistines? Undoubtedly David killed more than Goliath that day, but to say that he killed 20,000 or more is not very likely. Maybe there were twenty thousand killed that day by everyone and they were all ascribed to David. Possible, I suppose, but I think there is a more plausible answer. I think the women sang a prophetic song of David’s future.
David would, in his lifetime, dispatch tens of thousands of Philistine enemies to their destination in the dirt. It was a continuation of the prophecy that came from David’s own mouth when he addressed the giant in the Valley of Elah.
1 Samuel 17:46 (KJV)
This day will the Lord deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcasses of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel.
To paraphrase David said, “Hey big boy here’s how it gonna go down. Right here, right now I ‘m going to cut off your ugly, foul mouthed, head. Oh, and when I’m finished with you I’m going to start on your buddies and they are going to be buzzard bounty.”
There must have been a raucous laugh erupt from the Philistine camp and a stifled gasp from the Israelite crew. How was it that a young, forgotten, unproven shepherd boy could make such a confident, defiant statement to a proven war veteran?
First, it wasn’t entirely true he was unproven. True, their eyes had never seen him in combat. In fact, the very idea was preposterous, as far as they were concerned. But fortunately, their idea had nothing to do with it. God operates by faith, whenever and in whomever he finds it. He does not go by war ribbons, age or past accomplishments of epic proportions. He goes by faith for the moment and the occasion. David did not have giants on his resume’ of past experience.
In fact, there are no giant killers recorded before David. This was a brand new category of accomplishment David was about to unveil.
He did have, however, the necessary ingredients. He had testimonies of success of some past trying experiences that ended well. He concluded that this situation was not so different. He had acted before, guided by God’s proven principles and would simply, again, do the same.
Good fathers give their sons the tools and the provisions necessary to succeed. David had been given a task to do, by his father. These tools were sufficient for his job to be successful. The principles were also sound and he would again succeed because his success was not only in the tools, but in the principles. David believed in Jehovah, a good father, who wanted him to succeed. You can check out in the Psalms, songs, written by David telling of his success in spiritual escapades. When the spirit of possibility and spirit of vision unite, phenomenal spiritual victories can happen!
Rev. Steve Willoughby