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Ministry Reflection - July 07, 2009

The Sweet Psalmist of Israel: 2 Samuel 23:1-8

First, let’s consider that God inspired David to reveal Christ and His work of salvation through the psalms. It’s clear from Scripture that David was a prophet. Peter says as much in Acts 2:29-30, “Brethren, I may confidently say to you regarding the patriarch David that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. And so, because he was a prophet and knew that God had sworn to him with an oath to seat one of his descendents on his throne, he looked ahead and spoke of the resurrection of the Christ, that He was neither abandoned to Hades, nor did His flesh suffer decay.” Last week, we considered the prophetic role of Samuel in recording the inspired history of David, since it was through his line Messiah would come; but here we see that David himself was also anointed with the Spirit and given the gift of prophecy. He pictured Christ in two ways: as a king and as a prophet.

It was around the time that David was anointed as king that he began to prophecy. When Samuel anointed David as king with oil – a type of the Spirit – the reality of that type – the antitype, the Spirit Himself – came on him. “Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers; and the Spirit of the LORD came mightily upon David from that day forward” (1 Sam 16:13). David already had the saving work of the Spirit in his heart as evidenced by his commitment to and his love and trust in the Lord. This anointing of the Spirit gave him the ability to be a faithful king, in the same way the Spirit anointed and filled the apostles and disciples on several occasions to be witnesses of Christ.

It’s very likely that the Spirit also gave him the gift of prophecy at this time, for it was around this time the Spirit began to use David to reveal Christ and His redemption in a very passionate way – which is why David is called the sweet psalmist of Israel. The main subject of his psalms was the Gospel. This is certainly how the NT authors understood his writings. There is no book more often quoted in the New Testament than the Psalms. David didn’t write all the psalms – there were others, such as Asaph, Heman, Ethan and others – but he did write most of them.

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