” The Lord said to Samuel, How long will you mourn for Saul, seeing I have rejected him from reigning over Israel?…”- 1 Samuel 16: 1.
And pray for the restoration which the following words imply he did “ fill thy horn with oil ” which was used in the inauguration of Kings. But here it was used in the designation of a King; If David was not actually made King by it, but still remained a subject. And the reason of this anticipation was the comfort of Samuel, and other good men, against their fears in case of Saul’s death, and the assurance of David’s title which otherwise would have been doubtful.
The great lesson here is the one so continually reiterated in Scripture, from Isaac downwards, that God chooses the weak things of the world to confound the things that are mighty, and thereby magnifies both the Sovereign freedom of His choice and the power of His Spirit, which takes the stripling from the sheep cotes and qualifies him to be the antagonist of the grim Saul, and the King of Israel.
There are however, subsidiary lessons, especially for young and ardent souls confined for the present to lowly tasks, and feeling some call to something higher in a dim future. Patience, the faithful doing to-day’s trivial tasks, the habit of self-repression, the quiet trust in God who opens the way in due-time, these, and such like, were the signs that David was called to a throne, and that God’s Spirit was preparing Him for it. They are the virtues which will best prepare us for whatever the future may have in store, for us, and will be in themselves abundant reward, whether they draw after them a high position, which is a heavy burden, or, more happily, have us in our sheltered obscurity.