I Samuel 16:12 (NASB) So he sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, with beautiful eyes and a handsome appearance. And the LORD said, “Arise, anoint him; for this is he.” 13 Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers; and the Spirit of the LORD came mightily upon David from that day forward. And Samuel arose and went to Ramah.
David is an example of a man who had a heart for God, a type of one who did right (And let’s not forget he did sin on several occasions, but his sin did not disqualify him with God). From the moment Samuel poured oil over him, anointing him king over Israel, “the spirit of the Lord came upon David from that day forward” (1 Samuel 16:13). It is noted in the Bible, “Saul was afraid of David, because the Lord was with him. David behaved himself wisely in all his ways; and the Lord was with him. And Saul saw and knew that the Lord was with David” (1 Samuel 18:12, 14, 28).
Point to ponder- So what does David get for all this goodness? Trouble on all sides! But remember, God was still with him. And by the way family, our God is with you also!
Think back to when this same godly man stood fearlessly before the giant Goliath ( I Samuel 17). Think of the crowds cheering, “David has slain his ten thousands.” Now he shrinks in fear and his best friend has been alienated from him. He is so gripped by panic that he pretends to be mad in order to save his skin. He ends up hiding out in the cave Adullam with four hundred discontented has-beens gathered to him. David said, “I shall now perish one day by the hand of Saul: there is nothing better for me than that I should speedily escape into the land of the Philistines” (1 Samuel 27:1). David was now torn by many fears. He must have thought back to the day of his anointing as a big mistake, thinking, “Lord, You can’t be with me; I can’t be Your anointed one. Everything is going wrong. It’s no use, eEvidently You are mad at me.” Have you ever said or thought anything like that coonected to God?
But God had not forsaken David—not for a moment. For we know “the spirit of the Lord came upon David from that day forward” (1 Samuel 16:13). So it is with you and me, when have our lives In – Christ (II Corinthians 5:17). The day God’s Spirit brought us to Jesus and anointed us, the Lord came to stay, to abide. In your trial, in your discomfort, the Lord is your comforter. Things may seem to be going wrong, but for you who trust, God has everything under control. May you see the truth imbedded in today’s message for your life! And whatever happens today in your life, remember God is with you.
In His Service,
Pastor James Baker, Jr.