The Lord’s Anointed

by Joanna Pierce on May 16, 2018

Behold, this day thine eyes have seen how that the LORD had delivered thee to day into mine hand in the cave: and some bade me kill thee: but mine eye spared thee; and I said, I will not put forth mine hand against my lord; for he is the LORD’S anointed (I Samuel 24:10, KJV).

At one point during Saul’s life, he became jealous of David. To Saul, being jealous of another person apparently gave you the right to kill them. So, Saul began his quest of attacking David wherever and whenever he had the chance. This wasn’t just a game between master and student, Chief Inspector Clouseau vs Cato—it was serious; Saul meant business.

David narrowly escaped his death multiple times. Being ready for a constant attack became too weary to bear, so he ran off and built up an army. As Saul pursued David and his troops to kill them, time after time, God delivered Saul into the hand of David. David had been anointed by God to be king and had favor upon his life. But, David just couldn’t kill Saul. He took a different action instead.

At one point in our lives we’re going to face an enemy. We’re going to pray God delivers us, keeps us under His hand of protection, and maybe even curses them. Eventually, God will put us in a position where we face our oppressor, and we’ll have the upper-hand. He’s ultimately giving us a choice—to do good or bad.

I’ve spent many hours praying and wondering why David didn’t just kill Saul and get it over with. He’d spare Saul’s life and then Saul would just try to kill him again. God was serving him on a silver platter to David, and removing every obstacle for him to walk away as the final victor, but David said, “No.”

Want to know why?

David recognized a key element about Saul: He was the Lord’s anointed.

This isn’t about Saul. It isn’t about David. It’s about everyone in life. You, today, could be sitting on either side of this Biblical drama—Saul or David’s. You could be in the right or you could be in the wrong. But, we all share one thing in common. We’re all the Lord’s anointed.

Yes, I realize Saul was physically anointed to be king of Israel by the prophet Samuel, as was David, but didn’t Jesus Christ die for all of us? Hasn’t the ground been made level at the foot of the cross? Isn’t the gift of the Holy Ghost for all who are far off—even as many as the Lord shall call?

When we look into the eyes of anyone, we’re looking at an anointed child of God. Now, they might not know this yet, or be living that way, but they’re the Lord’s anointed. No matter how we feel—justified or not—we shouldn’t ever put forth our “hand” unto them in any capacity.

We’re all sinners. We’ve all messed up. We’ve all been in need of God’s grace and mercy in our life. So, when given then opportunity, what are we going to extend to another? Judgment or grace? Will we take the high road or the low road? Will we see the anointed person in front of us and help them accept that calling or will we end their future hope?

Let’s be like David and make a proclamation today not to put forth our hand against anyone. We must remember they are the Lord’s anointed.