The Daily Fountain Devotional of the Church Of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) 9 January 2022 – The Anointing Of David


The Daily Fountain Devotional of the Church Of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) 9 January 2022 – The Anointing Of David

TOPIC: The Anointing Of David

Read: 1 Samuel 16:1-3, 13

16 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.”

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

The Lord said, “Take a heifer with you and say, ‘I have come to sacrifice to the Lord.’ 3 Invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will show you what to do. You are to anoint for me the one I indicate.”

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 powerfully upon David. Samuel then went to Ramah.


“Fill your horn with oil,” – Fine olive oil, carried in a ram’s horn, was useful for anointing a new king (1 Samuel 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.


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