Moving with God by Pastor Carl W. Mann, II
2 Samuel 5:23-24 (KJV) “And when David enquired of the LORD, he said, Thou shalt not go up; but fetch a compass behind them, and come upon them over against the mulberry trees. And let it be, when thou hearest the sound of a going in the tops of the mulberry trees, that then thou shalt bestir thyself: for then shall the LORD go out before thee, to smite the host of the Philistines.”
My spirit is always quickened when I read these Scriptures! Let me see if I can adequately convey the thoughts and intentions of my heart on these pages. I’m aware that I do not always convey the intentions of my heart clearly when I speak, write, or sing. Therefore, I pray that the Holy Spirit will direct the thoughts of my heart and enable me to convey them with clarity for those who are kind enough to invest their time to read this.
I want to share an illustration concerning the “quickening of the spirit” that is appropriate here for this article:
“An American Indian tells about a brave who found an eagle’s egg and put it into the nest of a prairie chicken. The eaglet hatched with the brood of chicks and grew up with them. All his life, the changeling eagle, thinking he was a prairie chicken, did what the prairie chickens did. He scratched in the dirt for seeds and insects to eat. He clucked and cackled. And he flew in a brief thrashing of wings and flurry of feathers no more than a few feet off the ground. After all, that’s how prairie chickens were supposed to fly.
Years passed. And the changeling eagle grew very old. One day, he saw a magnificent bird far above him in the cloudless sky. Hanging with graceful majesty on the powerful wind currents, it soared with scarcely a beat of its strong golden wings.
‘What a beautiful bird!’ said the changeling eagle to his neighbor. ‘What is it?’
‘That’s an eagle–the chief of the birds,’ the neighbor clucked. ‘But don’t give it a second thought. You could never be like him.’
So, the changeling eagle never gave it another thought. And it died thinking it was a prairie chicken.”
–Ted Engstrom, The Pursuit of Excellence
While God created us with the physical senses of tasting, touching, hearing, smelling, and seeing, He also created us to be spiritual beings possessing the ability to function with parallel senses in the heavenly realm. With this principle in mind, we can better appreciate the following Scriptures:
Psalm 34:8 (KJV) “O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him” (Emphasis Mine).
Jeremiah 1:9 (KJV) “Then the LORD put forth his hand, and touched my mouth. And the LORD said unto me, Behold, I have put my words in thy mouth” (Emphasis Mine).
Genesis 3:8 (KJV) “And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden” (Emphasis Mine).
Psalm 45:8 (KJV) “All thy garments smell of myrrh, and aloes, and cassia, out of the ivory palaces, whereby they have made thee glad” (Emphasis Mine).
After Adam sinned, mankind’s fallen nature rose in dominance over the spiritual nature. He no longer depended on his spiritual senses that enabled him to embrace the eternal realm; but, rather he depended on what would empower him to enjoy the temporal.
Before sin entered this world, men and women thrived more on the “voice of God walking in the garden in the cool of the day,” than on the physical food that was abundantly supplied.
I believe Jesus had this in mind when he responded to Satan’s temptation with: Matthew 4:4 (KJV) “…, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.”
Jesus reaffirmed this principle: John 4:32-34 (KJV) “But he said unto them, I have meat to eat that ye know not of. Therefore said the disciples one to another, Hath any man brought him ought to eat? Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.”
In today’s Scriptures, the Philistines were making their second attempt to subjugate Israel. When they had learned that David had been placed as King of Israel, they came against him militarily the first time and God prompted him to attack and deliver Israel. He received the message through the High Priest.
The second time the Philistines attacked, God prompted King David to NOT go against the enemy with a frontal attack, but rather to go around his army and come from behind. Since he was in a valley, the surrounding terrain would enable his army to get behind theirs undetected.
God has always desired that mankind would “listen” to, and for, His voice! There was a “delight” in the heart of Adam when he “heard of the Voice of Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day,” PRIOR to his disobedience. God still desires that we listen to His Voice and follow His direction!
Numbers 9:23 (KJV) “At the commandment of the LORD they rested in the tents, and at the commandment of the LORD they journeyed: they kept the charge of the LORD, at the commandment of the LORD by the hand of Moses.”
When God delivered the Jews from the bondage of Egypt, He guided them with a cloud by and day and a pillar of fire by night. The cloud and the fire were visible symbols of His Presence and foreshadows of “Walking in the Spirit” and “Moving with God!”
God instructed Moses to alert the people that when the cloud moved, they were follow its movement. When the cloud settled over the Tent, they were to “settle down.” I wonder, how often did the people become inattentive or indifferent, so that they missed God’s direction or protection?
In today’s Scripture setting, God instructed David to keep his eyes and hears in an “upward” focus: 2 Samuel 5:24 (KJV) “And let it be, when thou hearest the sound of a going in the tops of the mulberry trees, that then thou shalt bestir thyself: for then shall the LORD go out before thee, to smite the host of the Philistines” (Emphasis Mine).
God was once again reminding David that man was created to have his spiritual senses in tune with the heavenly realm. God told Samuel not to judge the sons of Jesse with his physical senses, but with his spiritual senses; therefore, Samuel “Moved with God” and anointed David as the new King of Israel (1 Samuel 16:7).
The “sound of a going in the tops of the mulberry trees” was more than the echo of the army of the Philistines marching forward. It was a supernatural moving of the Holy Spirit, perhaps a “rushing, mighty wind” that announced the arrival of the “Captain of the Angel Armies” on the battlefield!
My last statement is conjecture based upon God’s character. BUT, we do know that God announced the arrival of Jesus in the Holy of Holies, AND the Presence of the Power of the Holy Spirit in the “Top” of the Upper Room on the Day of Pentecost.
Acts 2:1-2 (KJV) “And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting” (Emphasis Mine).
Because of Christ, AND because of Pentecost, we too can once again hear “the voice of the Lord God” and keep “Moving with God!”