David Was Anointed As King

13 So as David stood there among his brothers, Samuel took the flask of olive oil he had brought and anointed David with the oil. And the Spirit of the Lord came powerfully upon David from that day on. Then Samuel returned to Ramah.
1 Samuel 16:13 (NLT)

In the previous article, we have read on the fall of King Saul. His lack of faith had caused God to reject him as king. In God’s view, Saul was better off working as a farmer. Although Saul was physically and officially a king, he no longer had the blessing of God to help him to do his job. He was on his own.

The side effect of this was the broken heart of Samuel. After all, Samuel was the one who anointed Saul and guided him to be king. Saul’s failure to live up to his end of the covenant made Samuel very sad. Samuel even mourned for Saul.

35 Samuel never went to meet with Saul again, but he mourned constantly for him. And the Lord was sorry he had ever made Saul king of Israel.
1 Samuel 15:35 (NLT)

Both God and Samuel had been actively promoting Saul to greatness. Saul’s failure must have been a great blow to God and Samuel. After mourning for some time, God had decided that it was time to let go the past and move forward.

Now the Lord said to Samuel, “You have mourned long enough for Saul. I have rejected him as king of Israel, so fill your flask with olive oil and go to Bethlehem. Find a man named Jesse who lives there, for I have selected one of his sons to be my king.”
1 Samuel 16:1 (NLT)

I am sure many of us have experienced bad things in life. We feel sad and mourn over them. There is nothing wrong about these but there must be a time limit. It is never God’s will for any one of us to spend the rest of our lives in sadness. Whatever bad things happened to you in the past, this is the time to let go. This is the time to move forward.

In Samuel’s case, it was time for him to let go of Saul and anoint a new king.

However, Samuel was afraid of doing that. He must have known that Saul was so determined to hold on to his throne that he would not hesitate to do anything including killing anyone who threatened his throne. Samuel was afraid that if Saul knew of his intention of going to anoint a new king, his life would be in danger.

This was a case of lacking in faith. Saul’s lack of faith had cost him God’s blessings. However, there was a huge difference on their responses. When Saul was afraid of the prospect of his soldiers rebelling against him, he gave in to them and sinned against the Lord. When Samuel was afraid of the prospect of Saul killing him, he turned to God. This tells us that God has no problem with us being honest with him.

If you have problem in obeying God because you are afraid of something, it is alright to tell him. God will not behave like a theologian and say, “I don’t care about your excuses. Obey me or else….”. God is not a cruel tyrant the way the theologians presented him to be. He is loving and kind. So, if you have problem in obeying him, just tell him and he will help you. God helped Samuel to solve his problem.

2 But Samuel asked, “How can I do that? If Saul hears about it, he will kill me.”

“Take a heifer with you,” the Lord replied, “and say that you have come to make a sacrifice to the Lord.
3 Invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will show you which of his sons to anoint for me.”
1 Samuel 16:2-3 (NLT)

God gave Samuel a plan. Samuel was to use the pretext of making sacrifices and invited someone called Jesse along. Since it was a routine for prophets to do sacrifices at that time, no one would have suspected anything. Even if the news of this event reached Saul, he would not have suspected anything. It was a perfect plan. This tells us that we should always include God’s input in all our plans. He knows how to make good plans.

So, Samuel invited Jesse and his sons for the sacrifice. Jesse must have been delighted. It must be an honor to be invited by a celebrity like Samuel. So he got his sons ready and together they went to the place for the rites. When Samuel saw them, he got his attention to the best looking son of Jesse and said to himself that he must be the chosen one. However, God had a different opinion.

7 But the Lord said to Samuel, “Don’t judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him. The Lord doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
1 Samuel 16:7 (NLT)

It was never God’s way of judging people by their outward appearance. Why did God chose Saul in the first place? The people wanted a king to look good. So, he gave them a good-looking king. He chose the first king based of the criteria of the people. Unfortunately this king had failed him.

It was never God’s will for Israel to have a king in the first place. However, since the institution of monarchy was already established, it was too late to turn the clock back. God preferred to get a new king than to abolish the established system.

As Samuel looked through Jesse’s sons, he could not find the one that God had chosen. So he asked Jesse whether all his sons were there.

11 Then Samuel asked, “Are these all the sons you have?”

“There is still the youngest,” Jesse replied. “But he’s out in the fields watching the sheep and goats.”

“Send for him at once,” Samuel said. “We will not sit down to eat until he arrives.”
1 Samuel 16:11 (NLT)

It seemed that Jesse had left one out. He left his youngest son to tend the sheep while the rest dressed up to meet the prophet. It sounds like the Cinderella story. Cinderella was left cleaning the house while her step sisters were going to the ball to meet the prince. The main difference here is there was no fairy godmother to help David, the youngest son of Jesse.

It did not matter to Samuel. Samuel insisted David to be there. When David arrived, he was anointed by Samuel in the presence of his family members.

12 So Jesse sent for him. He was dark and handsome, with beautiful eyes. And the Lord said, “This is the one; anoint him.”
13 So as David stood there among his brothers, Samuel took the flask of olive oil he had brought and anointed David with the oil. And the Spirit of the Lord came powerfully upon David from that day on. Then Samuel returned to Ramah.
1 Samuel 16:12-13 (NLT)

On that day, David received the Spirit of the Lord. Please note that nothing physically changed. Saul was still the king and after the meeting, David would be back tending his sheep. God’s blessings always begin spiritually. It was the same with Saul. Both Saul and David became kings from within before they became king on the outside.

So, if you are a Christian and you still don’t see any form of prosperity around you, do not be disappointed. The moment you believed in Jesus, you were blessed in every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms. You are blessed in every area in life. However this blessing is in a spiritual form. All you need to do is to work it out. Work out your spiritual blessings into physical blessings. The only way to do that is to build up your faith. As long as you keep building up your faith and refuse to give up no matter how bad the situation looks like, you will find your spiritual blessings turn into physical blessings.

David did not become king immediately. In fact he went through a lot of troubles but he became king in the end. He became king on the outside because he was king from the inside first. Likewise, before we can be rich on the outside, we must be rich from the inside first. Before we can be healthy in the outside, we must be healthy from the inside first.

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