I stumbled across a verse this week that really caught my attention. The subject of the verse was David, the writer of most songs in the Bible.
“Samuel took his flask of oil and anointed him, with his brothers standing around watching. The Spirit of God entered David like a rush of wind, God vitally empowering him for the rest of his life.” – 1 Samuel 16:13 (The Message)
WOW! This is amazing to me. No wonder he wrote such amazing songs! He was anointed, and the Spirit of God was alive in him. So much so, that it was enough power to get him through a lifetime. Enough power to fill many, many songs with the Spirit of God.
“To Anoint” means to “smear or rub with oil,” and it also implies for religious service. There were many anointed in the Bible for a special calling—to be a priest, prophet, king, etc.
But there is even better news for us living in this day.
2 Corinthians 1:21-22 says “Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us is God, who also has sealed us and given us the Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.” (The Message)
That means when we are in Christ, ALL carry the anointing!
It may not always feel that way, but it’s the truth. I was talking to a friend today, and I’m sure it was not by coincidence that he mentioned anointing. He gave the example of the process that olives go through in order to become oil. They are pressed, and it has to be a very slow process in order for it to produce oil. The same is true with us. So many times we have to walk through a process in which we are pressed on every side. When we get through the process, there is oil! So many times the Lord uses what we learn during these times to minister to others. Are you feeling crushed? It’s a good sign, my friend. You are being prepared for more.
So while it is the truth that we are all anointed, I believe we can also get a fresh anointing, or a deeper anointing. What if we asked for Him to come and do it? What if we gathered around with our brothers and sisters as witnesses, like David did? And what if, like with David, the Spirit of God entered like a mighty gust of wind? And because of that step of faith, the songs that we wrote were forever a co-write with the Spirit of God. I wonder how different this world would be.