Saturday, January 19, 2013

Anointed of God

 6Lo, we heard of it at Ephratah: we found it in the fields of the wood.
 7We will go into his tabernacles: we will worship at his footstool.
 8Arise, O LORD, into thy rest; thou, and the ark of thy strength.
 9Let thy priests be clothed with righteousness; and let thy saints shout for joy.
 10For thy servant David's sake turn not away the face of thine anointed. 
(Psalm 132:6-10, King James Version)

Anointed of God

What does it mean to be the anointed of God? Matthew Henry made a very interesting comment in his commentary on Psalm 132.
And every true believer in Christ, is an anointed one, and has received from the Holy One the oil of true grace. The request is, that God would not turn away, but hear and answer their petitions for his Son's sake.
David was concerned that the Ark of the Covenant resided in a mere tent, while he lived in a house of cedar. Should not the house of God--the house where David fell down and worshiped God not be in a great cathedral? Yet, we must remember that it is not the cathedral, but it is God whom we worship.

David understood that through God's Anointed one, the Lord Jesus Christ, all saints through the ages are likewise anointed of God, and as such are set apart for a holy work. Let us not think that the things we do each day are meaningless, even though they may be quite ordinary. It is through the ordinary things of life that God moves us to do great things for His glory.

We look upon our great religious leaders and often find ourselves wanting, but God does not look on the outward appearance, but, rather, looks upon the heart. Where is our heart before the Lord? Where do people search for the Gospel (even though they may not realize they are searching). They do not often walk into a church or seek out a pastor when they are looking. Rather, they look at the ordinary Christians God brings into their lives.

Christians are often the only, or at least the first, "Bible" that people read. As they see Christ exemplified in the lives of believers, especially in times of great grief or anguish, they realize their own lack of peace, joy, and comfort. They begin to realize that their believing friend, relative, neighbor, or co-worker has something that they do not have. In other words, it is in the ordinary everyday life that the Gospel is spread, and that is why we are here. As the anointed of God we carry forth the Gospel in our everyday lives and actions.

David understood that he, too, was God's anointed, and as such felt he had every right to ask God for help when he said, "Turn not away the face of thine anointed." In other words he felt every right to approach Christ, God's anointed and expect an answer. Likewise, let us be bold when we approach the throne of grace, for James reminds us that, "We have not because we ask not." How many times has God not blessed us because we did not feel worthy enough to even ask for help.

We must remember that our worthiness is not based upon our own merits, but our worthiness is based upon the merits of Christ. Just as He saved us, so are we covered by His blood. When we approach God Almighty, He sees the covering of blood upon our sins. How amazing is that? We have an eternal audience with the Lord of Lord and King of Kings.

Go, then, this day as the anointed of God, and serve Him with all of your heart, all of your soul, and all of your might.

God Bless You,

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