February 11, 2016 – I Samuel 16:13

ISamuel16-13So as David stood there among his brothers, Samuel took the flask of olive oil he had brought and anointed David with the oil. And the Spirit of the Lord came powerfully upon David from that day on. Then Samuel returned to Ramah.  1 Samuel 16:13Where did the King David come from?  He was chosen by God.  Samuel the prophet was sent to anoint David with oil to show he was chosen.  And you are saying “–eeeooh, oil on the head!  Sounds messy…!”Jesse, David’s Dad, thought Samuel should anoint one of his older sons.  David was the youngest son.  Did David throw a party and celebrate?  No, he went back to the fields being an humble shepherd.Later David was noticed for his harp playing, little did he know that God gave him that gift to use to bring him to King Saul’s home to play for him.  Is God preparing you for something in life now?Jonathan, King Saul’s son, met David and they became close friends.  After King Saul tried to kill David with a sword while David played for him. Jonathan helped David by letting him know if King Saul was still angry.  This is when they made a pact beyond death to treat each other with faithful love.Jonathan loved David as he loved himself.  Jonathan wasn’t jealous of David – even if David became king, and not himself.  True friendship begins with humility and continues with the faithful love of the Lord.  A friendship that loves like the Lord:  Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud  or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged.  It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out.  Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.  I Corinthians 13:4-7!And may you treat me with the faithful love of the Lord as long as I live. But if I die, treat my family with this faithful love, even when the Lord destroys all your enemies from the face of the earth.” So Jonathan made a solemn pact with David, saying, “May the Lord destroy all your enemies!” And Jonathan made David reaffirm his vow of friendship again, for Jonathan loved David as he loved himself.  1 Samuel 20: 14-17