Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers. And the Spirit of the LORD rushed upon David from that day forward. And Samuel rose up and went to Ramah. – 1 Samuel 16:13
The Spirit of the LORD Rushed
David was living for God; he was not one of God’s strays, like Christ’s parable of lost sheep and ninety-nine sheep (Luke 15:4), but God still sent the prophet Samuel to seek David. The word rushed is the Hebrew word וַתִּצְלַ֤ח which means rushed – no surprised. However, many Bible translations transliterate (i.e., the closest meaning in the translated language) this word to be “the LORD came powerfully on David.” That’s a reasonable explanation for this word, but I think a bit of the meaning is lost. God is omniscient. God was eager for David to reach an age where His mantle for the covering, protection, and revival of Israel could be placed on David, His chosen king. I think that is why the original Hebrew word is “rushed.”
Our heavenly Father is not some staid, unfeeling God. No, He created emotion! God’s love is a sincere love. It is real whether we perceive it or not. God’s joy is still absolute, and He never tires of placing another stroke on His masterpiece of human history.
The Spirit of the Lord will rush upon you
David’s anointing was uniquely for him. God planned it before the foundation of the world (Ephesians 2:10), as He has yours too. If you’re ready for God, God’s ready for you. The Spirit of the Lord will rush upon you, for God has a purpose for you, and He’s eager for you to take hold of His work. Ask the Lord God Almighty for your anointed. Let the Spirit of the Lord rush upon you.
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