“Spices for anointing oil.” —Exodus 35:8
When I think of the anointing in the Old Testament I think of David. The anointing came upon him when he was just a boy. He was called to the house where Samuel was waiting for him with a flask of oil. The oil was poured on his head and the anointing rushed upon him; from that day David stepped into a supernatural world.
Think about it, a young boy defeats a champion warrior with a sling, he repeatedly conquered the Philistine army, once killing one hundred men by himself. He eluded Saul’s army for years in the wilderness until he became king. He started preparations for the temple, instituted twenty four hour worship, wrote hundreds of songs, many of which are still being sung today. David was anointed with the Spirit for his work. When David fell into sin he had one request in his prayer of repentance, ‘Lord, don’t take your Holy Spirit from me’. David knew everything about his life was dependent on the Holy Spirit. Charles Spurgeon knew the importance of the Spirit, here are some of his thoughts.
“Much use was made of this anointing oil under the law, and that which it represents is of primary importance under the gospel. The Holy Spirit, who anoints us for all holy service, is indispensable to us if we would serve the Lord acceptably. Without His aid our religious services are but a vain oblation, and our inward experience is a dead thing. Whenever our ministry is without unction, what miserable stuff it becomes! nor are the prayers, praises, meditations, and efforts of private Christians one jot superior. A holy anointing is the soul and life of piety, its absence the most grievous of all calamities. To go before the Lord without anointing is as though some common Levite had thrust himself into the priest’s office—his ministrations would rather have been sins than services. May we never venture upon hallowed exercises without sacred anointings.”
How can you describe the anointing? It is trying to describe the indescribable. Two people can sing the same song and the difference is as far as east is from the west. One can be an incredibly talented singer the other just average. The average singer becomes a tool in God’s hand by the anointing. Talent has zero determination with the anointing. The same in any field of service; it’s not by might, nor by power or ability, it is by the Spirit of the Lord His work is done.