King David was one of the iconic kings of Israel. He had a very humble beginning. As a shepherd boy, he was tending the flocks of his father, Jesse. It was in the state of his humble beginning that he was anointed as the king of Israel in the midst of his amiable brethren. David, a renowned harp player, was brought to the king’s palace to entertain the sick king. At a certain time when he visited his elder brethren at the battlefront, he encountered his first test of life. He stepped into the battlefront to fight with the boastful giant called Goliath, the arch enemy of Israel and prevailed over him. He became very famous in the land and King Saul promoted him to become his armor bearer. From an armor bearer, he became a mighty warrior in Israel. Through many persecutions and horrible ordeals of so many years he finally rose to the highest position in the land as a king after he triumphed over all the odds. For David to have accomplished this great feat, the general belief of people was that he must have possessed a spiritual master key that opened every door for him.
The throne of King David that characterized righteousness, fairness and justice became symbolic to the mighty throne of Jesus Christ during His ministry on earth. Our Lord Jesus Christ came through the lineage of King David. As a great grandchild of King David, the people of His time perceived that all the miracles that He did can only accomplished by such a powerful man in the land. This was why Our Lord Jesus Christ is known and addressed as “Son of David.” And, being a son, he also possessed the spiritual Master Key of David that opens every door.
The key of David consists of some spiritual intricacies that made the key a unique and authoritative key, functionally possible and physically and spiritually able to open so many doors unhindered, and also able to divinely shut doors of anguish and sorrow permanently in the lives of God children. Some of the components of the concepts of the Key of David are discussed below:
- Key of Repentance—David involved himself in a horrendous sin. He committed adultery, breaking the law he was made as king to uphold; at the same time, he killed the husband of the woman in his attempt to sweep everything under the carpet. But the Lord visited his sin and sent Nathan to remind him that his sin was before God. When David learned about this fact, he broke down in tears, and humbly repented of his sins. Psalms 51 was his thoughtfulness of his repentance.
- Key of Humility—David was promised a daughter of a king if he could fight and defeat the enemy of the King. David triumphed over Goliath, but the king did not make his promises good because he envied David. David behaved himself wisely. Instead of promotion, the king demoted David, but David behaved himself wisely. 1 Samuel 18:5-30 tell the story of humility of David. “And Saul was afraid of David, because the LORD was with him, and was departed from Saul. Therefore Saul removed him from him, and made him his captain over a thousand; and he went out and came in before the people. And David behaved himself wisely in all his ways; and the LORD was with him. Wherefore when Saul saw that he behaved himself very wisely, he was afraid of him.” (1 Samuel 18:12-14) When David had an opportunity to kill this king who, instead of being a friend, made himself an enemy of David, pursuing him with about 3000 soldiers, David behaved himself wisely. He chose not to kill him, saying: “And David said to Abishai, Destroy him not: for who can stretch forth his hand against the LORD’S anointed, and be guiltless?” (1 Samuel 26:9)
- Key of Praise—From the shepherd field, David had been praising the God of Heaven with harp. The footprint of his faithfulness in this unique ministry were so many in the Book of Psalm. He was the only King on earth that established the ministry of Praise unto the King of Glory. To David, praise unto Almighty God was an effective weapon in His Kingdom and it was the secret of his victory and success in his ministry. No wonder he established a legacy of praise unto God Almighty in Israel and implemented ahead of the building the Temple of Solomon by his son, Solomon. “So when David was old and full of days, he made his son Solomon king over Israel. And he gathered together all the leaders of Israel, with the priest and the Levites. Now the Levites were numbered from the age of thirty years and above; and the number of the individual males was thirty-eighty thousand. Of these, twenty four thousand were to look after the work of the house of the Lord, six thousand were officers and judges, four thousand were gatekeepers, and four thousand praised the Lord with musical instruments, “which I made,” said David, “for giving praise.” (I Chronicles 23:1-5) These four thousand praise worshipers possessed divine ability to prophesy with harps, stringed instruments and cymbals. “…who should prophesy with harps, stringed instruments, and cymbals.” (1 Chronicles 25:1) This was the largest choir ever assembled by mankind on earth. These four thousand praise worshippers were under the leadership of 288 song leaders that were capable to playing different kinds of assorted praise and worship songs unto the Lord. “So the number of them, with their brethren who were instructed in the songs of the Lord, all who were skillful, was two hundred and eighty-eight.” (1 Chronicles 25:7) The entire chapter of I Chronicles 25 was dedicated to this ministry of praise that David implemented. We need to read this chapter in order to consider the divine wisdom of King David as regard the ministry of praise.
- Key of Unity—The leaders of today love to divide the community in order to conquer the nations. In the leadership of King David, unity of the nation was paramount to him. When he became a king in Israel, he embraced all the divided versions of Israelites and united them. “All these men of war, that could keep rank, came with a perfect heart to Hebron, to make David king over all Israel: and all the rest also of Israel were of one heart to make David king.” (1 Chronicles 12:38)
- Key of Compassion and Kindness—The forgotten helpless crippled Mephibosheth, the son of Jonathan, had a place in the heart of David, the powerful king in Israel. “And David said unto him, Fear not: for I will surely shew thee kindness for Jonathan thy father’s sake, and will restore thee all the land of Saul thy father; and thou shalt eat bread at my table continually. And he bowed himself, and said, What is thy servant, that thou shouldest look upon such a dead dog as I am?” (2 Samuel 9:7-8)
- Key of Thoughtfulness—David, in his thoughtfulness, desired to build a Temple unto the Lord God. He shared his intentions with Nathan the prophet. “That the king said unto Nathan the prophet, See now, I dwell in an house of cedar, but the ark of God dwelleth within curtains. And Nathan said to the king, Go, do all that is in thine heart; for the LORD is with thee.” (2 Samuel 7:2-3) The Lord God Almighty responded through Nathan unto David, saying, “And when thy days be fulfilled, and thou shalt sleep with thy fathers, I will set up thy seed after thee, which shall proceed out of thy bowels, and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build an house for my name, and I will stablish the throne of his kingdom forever.” (2 Samuel 7:12-13)
- Key of Prayer—The documented Psalms of David did not let many people know that David was a prayer warrior. Even in these Psalms, we could see the traces of powerful prayer ministry of David. He prayed unto God to once again reconcile himself with God in Psalms 51. There are so many instances of this in the Psalms. When David was in trouble, he cried unto God for deliverance. David was not only a prayer warrior, he was an inspiration to the people that are praying unto God in our time. Psalms 136 was a great testimony of his prayer ministry where he summarized the miraculous deed of Almighty God in the deliverance of Israel in the Psalm. The path to greatness in Christian ministry is prayer and no one has ever made it successfully without this great ministry. In both the Old and New Testaments, we can trace the effective ministry of prayer in the lives of the servants of God. Jesus Christ encouraged us to pray. “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.” (Matthew 7:7-8) “And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.” (John 14:13-14)
There are many components of the key of David that we cannot enumerate here. They included righteousness, love, faith, boldness, kindness and mercy. There is no one that is manifesting in all these incredible Christ-like characters that will not become a favorite of the Lord. No wonder God described David in the New Testament as man after His own heart. “And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will.” (Acts 13:22)
Perhaps we need to remind ourselves that if we are truly born-again children of the Most High God, our last name in the spiritual realm and in the Book of Life is “Jesus Christ.” This was because He redeemed us with His blood and by our spiritual adoption that was completed and perfected on the Cross of Calvary, we are His children. Having this at the back of our mind, it means we also possess the same Key of David. With this key, we were delivered from the power of darkness and were all translated into the marvelous kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ. Further still, we become joint heirs with Him and we have a direct access to the Throne of Grace where we can cry Abba Father, using this Key of David with assurance that our prayers will be answered. “I am the LORD thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt: open thy mouth wide, and I will fill it.” (Psalm 81:10) Many are still in the outer darkness, but with the marvelous Key of David in our hand, we will open the door of salvation unto them.
People say: “Knowledge is power,” but I say this is not true. The applied knowledge and wisdom is power and the manifestation thereof. Knowledge and power of God has been revealed to you in this admonition. If there seems to be a wall between you and the glory of God in your life, apply the key of David; the door of God’s mercy will be opened to you. If the problem continues to persist in your life or in your environment, it means you did not apply the key of David to shut out the door of sorrow. The onus is on you today. Like Daniel, Esther and Nehemiah of old, please PUSH—Pray Until Something [glorious] Happens! The mercy of God will prevail in your ministry, Amen.
Prayer: O Lord, stir my heart in this New Year and wake me up to my spiritual responsibilities before you. Like faithful men of God in the Bible, let me be able to exhibit faithfulness in Christ-like characters of righteousness and holiness so that I can consistently apply the grace of prayer that you had given to me to open effective doors of your blessings to my generations, in Jesus name, Amen.