10 Jesse had seven of his sons pass before Samuel, but Samuel said to him, “The Lord has not chosen these.” 11 So he asked Jesse, “Are these all the sons you have?”
“There is still the youngest,” Jesse answered. “He is tending the sheep.”
Samuel said, “Send for him; we will not sit down until he arrives.”
12 So he sent for him and had him brought in. He was glowing with health and had a fine appearance and handsome features. Then the Lord said, “Rise and anoint him; this 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 powerfully upon David. Samuel then went to Ramah.
God asked Samuel to go anoint another king whom God would choose, because Saul, Israel’s first king, God considered unworthy. God sent Samuel to the home of Jesse of Bethlehem. Remember Ruth, the foreign woman who traveled to Bethlehem with her mother-in-law, Naomi? She married a man named Boaz and in time became grandmother to Jesse. Look in the beginning of Matthew’s gospel for the complete genealogy, for they are part of the family history of Jesus.
I love this story of David’s anointing; I love how God looks inside our hearts and does not consider our usual human reckoning about importance due to birth order or wealth or family background. God chose David, the youngest one, the one whom his father did not even consider bringing in from the field for Samuel to meet. Like a Cinderella story, David was no one special, just the youngest son, until God tapped him on the shoulder and blessed him with God’s Spirit.
May God bless each of you today through the indwelling of his Spirit within you. May you know how you are, like David, commissioned with particular work that uniquely fits you as the person of God’s making.
I may not feel the anointing of oil upon my forehead, but as I respond to you in faith, O Lord, I know you have placed your Spirit within me. Thank you for the work I do today; may it be to your honor, because you trust in me. Let me powerfully realize the depth of your love for me, which has nothing to do with my age, appearance, wealth or position. I give you all praise in Jesus Christ my savior. Amen.