1Samuel 16:1-13, “1 The LORD said to Samuel, “How long will you mourn for Saul, since I have rejected him as king over Israel? Fill your horn with oil and be on your way; I am sending you to Jesse of Bethlehem. I have chosen one of his sons to be king.” …12 So he sent and had him brought in. He was ruddy, with a fine appearance and handsome features. Then the LORD said, “Rise and anoint him; he is the one. 13, “So Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the presence of his brothers, and from that day on the Spirit of the LORD came upon David in power. Samuel then went to Ramah”
Can you imagine if one were a king, but had no kingdom? This is where David found himself for a time, when he was first anointed to be the King of Israel. The prophet Samuel was in mourning for Saul, the current one in the position of king, because Saul had been disobedient to God. The Lord has taken the Kingdom away from Saul (1Samuel 15:28) to give it to another better than Saul. That other person became none other than David. At this point David had been a shepherd boy, he did not have a fancy resume’ that “qualified” him to be king. However I appreciate the word that I’ve heard Evans often say to people, “God does not call the qualified, He qualifies the called.” David became a King without a kingdom for quite a number of years. Many seem to forget that although we are bound by time, God is not. Sometimes we also forget the following truths as well.
1. God chooses whoever He wills, “I have chosen one of his sons to be king.” God sets up authorities and God tears down authorities. Don’t forget who is really running the universe! God is still in charge, and there is still no authority greater than He. God will raise up whosoever He chooses. A man sings a song which says, “when others see a shepherd boy, God may see a king.” God chose David, because of how God was going to work in David’s life. What has God chosen you for?
2. God anoints His chosen vessel for His chosen will, “…Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him…” When God calls you for something, He will anoint you for the task. Even though David at this point was a king without a kingdom, he was still anointed for the position of king. This kind of thing boggles our minds especially in America because we are very selfish people. We want instant gratification. We have minute rice, instant coffee, TV dinners, etc…. We are a microwave generation. God works more like a farmer that plants the seed, and over time, as we are bound by time, the change begins to take place. What ministry has God anointed you to?
3. God will give you power, “…and from that day on the Spirit of the LORD came upon David in power.” If you want to see the character of a man, give him power. Many people want power for their own selfish purposes. However, God gives power to carry out His purposes. If God calls you, anoints, then He will empower you. That is why God has empowered the church with the Holy Spirit to be His witnesses. We need only to walk in the power He has given us to do the task He has called us to do. Are you walking in God’s power, anointed by Him, to accomplish His will for you? Jesus said, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Are you seeking and saving the lost? God has given you a Kingdom, the Kingdom of God; your Father is a King which makes you royalty. Now GO and serve your King in obedience.
Until the nets are filled…Blessings, Pastor Phil, Pastor Boaz <><