TOPIC: The Anointing Of David
TEXT: 1 Samuel 16:1 – 3, 13
Anglican Daily Fountain 9 January 2022 Devotional | Sunday Message
“Fill your horn with oil,” – Fine olive oil, carried in a ram’s horn, was useful for anointing a new king (1 Sam. 10:1; 1 Kings 1:39). Each king and high priest of Israel was anointed with oil. It was used to set people or objects apart for God’s service. The anointing oil poured over David’s head stood for holiness and consecration. This commissioned him as God’s representative to the nation of Israel. God appointed and equipped David for his responsibilities as the new King of Israel. God also rejected Saul’s kingship, although he paraded himself as the king until his death. David was anointed to fulfil God’s purpose. It was divine initiative, not man’s desire.
Samuel obeyed divine the mandate to anoint David as Israel’s next king – David did not lobby to become a king. He did not struggle to get it. He did not overthrow Saul to become a king in Israel. God gave the throne to David, a man after God’s heart. The anointing upon his head and God’s approval upon his life made him prevail. On the other hand, Saul was disobedient to God. He disappointed God who appointed him and the Lord abandoned him. God therefore replaced the disobedient king Saul with David, a man after His heart.
Prayer: Dear Lord, anoint me with the power of the Holy Spirit and prepare me to serve you faithfully and diligently. Amen.
Anglican Daily Fountain 9 January 2022 Daily Devotional Message. The Church of Nigeria is the Anglican church in Nigeria. It is the second-largest province in the Anglican Communion, as measured by baptized membership, after the Church of England.