Spirit comes upon

So Jesse sent word and brought him in. Now he had a ruddy complexion, with beautiful eyes and a handsome appearance. The Lord said [to Samuel], “Arise, anoint him; for this is he.”  Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed David in the presence of his brothers; and the Spirit of the Lord came mightily upon David from that day forward. And Samuel arose and went to Ramah. – 1 Samuel 16:12-13

His anointing was not an empty ceremony, a Divine power went with that instituted sign; he found himself advanced in wisdom and courage, with all the qualifications of a prince, though not advanced in his outward circumstances. This would satisfy him that his election was of God. The best evidence of our being predestined to the kingdom of glory, is, our being sealed with the Spirit of promise, and experience of a work of grace in our hearts. – Matthew Henry

From whatever side we view the life of David, it is remarkable. It may be that, Abraham excelled him in faith; and Moses in the power of concentrated fellowship with God; and Elijah in the fiery force of his enthusiasm. But none of these was so many-sided as the richly-gifted son of Jesse. But in all he seemed possessed of a special power with God and man, which could not be accounted for by the fascination of his manner, the beauty of his features, the rare gifts with which his nature was dowered, or the spiritual power which was so remarkable an attribute of his heart. – The Biblical Illustrator

God’s Spirit comes upon David. The phrase, “came mightily”, uses the verb ṣālaḥ, “rush,” “be strong, effective, powerful.” – Ralph Wilson

We note that it was the LORD who chose David. His qualifications enabled him to become in such a place that God was willing to put His Spirit upon him. All the great stories we hear about David all come back to the anointing by Samuel. David was a good strong warrior. He was faithful. But the astounding acts that would later come were because of the Spirit of God upon him.

“The Spirit of the Lord spoke by me,
And His word was on my tongue.” – 2 Samuel 23:2

Old Testament note – in each case where the Holy Spirit was working it is said He “came upon” the person whom God would use. The only exception is David – the Spirit of God came upon him as a boy when he was anointed king and never departed. – Cooper Abrams

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