David is Anointed
Read: 1 Samuel 16:1-13, Psalm 23, Hebrews 10:13
Reflect: In the last chapter, we learned that due to Saul’s disobedience, God has rejected Saul as King. Samuel is now sent to anoint a future King who is truly after His own heart. To Samuel’s surprise, God has chosen his anointed one in a young boy named David. When Samuel found David, he was a lowly shepherd boy doing the hard job of tending sheep.
Sheep are not the smartest animals. Besides being defenseless, they tend to be rather willful and even self-destructive at times. If one sheep without a shepherd wanders off and walks off a cliff, the rest would follow and perish. Sheep also sleep in the pen at night, and it is not the safest place to be. The sheep want out, the wolves want in. All these characteristics of sheep create a very dangerous scenario for their safety. It is the shepherd’s job to keep them safe by day and by night. It takes a ton of love, dedication and compassion.
Being the youngest of 8 boys in his father Jesse’s family, David was not even present when Samuel met Jesse and his family and invited them to the sacrifice. He was out there tending the sheep. In fact, Jesse didn’t think David was important enough to bring to the feast. Samuel had the horn of oil with him, and thought God must have chosen one of Jesse’s older, stronger, more handsome sons to be the future King.
But “the Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7)
None of the older brothers was God’s chosen one. Doesn’t that sound familiar? We are so used to judging by means of our physical sight and our social experience that it is easy to get wrong when it come to spiritual matter. We need spiritual insight and discernment so we can see the heart.
When asked if he had anyone else in his household, Jesse replied, “There remains the youngest, and there he is, keeping the sheep.” (1 Samuel 16:11)
God says “I have provided myself a king among (Jesse’s) sons.” (1 Samuel 16:1) David was chosen by God, because his heart was right with God. At the time he was a young and gentle shepherd, but God knew he was going to become the strong and mighty King of Israel that loves God wholeheartedly. Samuel anointed David, and “the Spirit of the Lord came upon David from that day forward.” (1 Samuel 16:13)
The name David means “Beloved”. His name is mentioned more than a thousand times in the Bible. Having been a shepherd himself, David understood how we can be like sheep and the Lord is like our shepherd. In Psalm 23 David painted a beautiful picture of the relationship of Christ to us (His sheep).
The Lord Jesus, with his rod and staff at His hand, guides and comfort us, pulling us out of dangerous situation and guides us into paths of righteousness. We do not have a God who created us and then left us to our own devices. His salvation does not just guarantee us a place in the heaven forever, but guarantees his constant watch and care over us. It may seem at times that God is far from us, but the truth is, our Shepherd has never left our side. David wrote in verse 5 of Psalm 23, “You anoint my head with oil, my cup overflows.” God gave us more than enough. As a matter of fact, the book of Hebrews says Jesus is the great High priest and “He waits for his enemies to be made his footstool.” Having offered the perfect sacrifice as the lamb of God, Jesus now sits enthroned as King of all Kings and look forward to the ultimate triumph over all the enemies.
David realized he was anointed and “set apart” for God’s purpose, and God has provided him with all he needs. If we put our trust in Him, He provides us all that we need too!
- How does the story of Samuel finding David teach us the importance of listening carefully to God’s voice?
- What is the importance of the Spirit coming upon David? How is the Holy Spirit upon us vital in our walk with God?
- What does a Shepherd Do? And How does Jesus, the perfect Shepherd and King of Kings, protects us and brings us to him?
- You may have already discovered that life is not always easy, what does David says in Psalm 23 that is the most comforting?