As soon as you hear the sound of marching in the tops of the poplar trees, move quickly, because that will mean the Lord has gone out in front of you to strike the Philistine army.(2 Samuel 5:24)
In his battle against the Philistines, David learned the secret to success in every battle that you and I face today: that secret is fighting in the strength of the Almighty. Apart from the power of the Sovereign Lord, we are no match for the evil one, which is why we must inquire of our Lord before we attempt to advance against our enemies. Now, as to what “the sound of marching in the tops of the poplar trees” actually was, I do not know. But I do know that it was a sign from God that stirred the heart of King David and his men to do battle against the hated Philistines.
What God did for David back then, He is still doing for His people today. There are countless signs from our Savior that should move us to action. God is in the business of stirring the hearts of His people to advance the cause of His Kingdom in this world. Our Lord expressed it this way: “The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going” (John 3:8).
The key to hearing His supernatural sounds is to be in such close communion with our Lord that we are sensitive enough to recognize when He is calling us into action. When the wind blows, we must be ready to respond at once. David won the day against the Philistines, not in his own strength, but in the strength of his God. “David did as the Lord commanded him, and he struck down the Philistines” (2 Samuel 5:25).
When you listen for the supernatural sounds of your Savior, you will see obstacles turned into opportunities . . . problems turned into possibilities . . . defeat turned into triumph. This is the way of our Lord. When we get the victory against all odds, it leaves no doubt as to Who is responsible for our victory; to Him be honor and glory forever and ever!
Remember, when you hear the supernatural sound, seize that moment and do not delay, because it is then that the Lord has promised to go out in front of you. When we go in His time and in His way, nothing can stand in our way.
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!