James 5:17 says Elijah was a man subject to like passions (of flesh and blood as we are) , and he made a strong prayer that there might be no rain; and there was no rain on the earth for three years and six months. Elijah was a man with a nature similar to any other man but he was different from other men because had the anointing of prayer and fire.
David the last born of Jesse was like any ordinary shepherd boy tasked with taking care of his father’s sheep.
When Prophet Samuel came calling to anoint one of Jesse’s sons as the next king of Israel, no one; not even his own father gave him a thought or considered him for the position. Out of Jesse’s eight sons, the Lord picked David and said to Samuel “rise and anoint him; he is the one”. Explaining his choice of David over his elder brothers, the Lord said to Samuel “the Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart”. 1 Samuel 16:7-12
At a point, God sent an evil spirit to torment the reigning King of Israel; Saul. His attendants suggested he send for David, a young warrior famed for his bravery and for his skill with the harp. While in King Saul’s court, Saul made David one of his armour-bearers and whenever the evil spirit from God came upon Saul, David would take his harp and play. Then relief would come to Saul; he would feel better, and the evil spirit would leave him 1Samuel 16:14-23. An ordinary boy was chosen to be the next King of Israel and selected to play music in the King’s court. What made him different was his heart, his skill with the harp and his bravery.
Music and the comforting anointing
The evil spirit in Saul departed every time David played music from his harp. If you have ever listened to the sound of this musical instrument, a harp plays comforting, relaxing, calming and soothing music. The power of deliverance that sends evil spirits to flight is released in the presence of anointed music. Saul felt better and relief would come upon him after listening to music from the harp. Anointed music carries the power of deliverance, comfort, healing, restoration and peace.
Praise and the thanksgiving anointing
We understand the Book of Psalms was written by David and several other writers contributed to it over many years. There are 150 Psalms in this much-loved and popular book of the bible and each Psalm reveals the heart, the mood, the emotion and the experience of the writer. Praise is an attitude that begins in the heart and a state of mind. Praise releases an outpour of the thanksgiving anointing and brings God closer because God inhabits the praise of his people.
A collection of praise Psalms
Psalm 9 – A Psalm of thanksgiving for the Lord’s righteous judgements
Psalm 18 – A Psalm of thanksgiving for victory
Psalm 28 – A Psalm of petition and thanksgiving
Psalm 30 – A Psalm of thanksgiving for deliverance
Psalm 31 – A Psalm of thanksgiving for escape
Psalm 34 – A Psalm of thanksgiving to God who delivers the just
Psalm 41 – A Psalm of thanksgiving after sickness
Psalm 65 – A Psalm of thanksgiving for God’s blessings
Psalm 92 – A Psalm of thanksgiving for God’s faithfulness
Psalm 103 – A Psalm of thanksgiving for the Lord’s mercies
Psalm 111 – A Psalm of thanksgiving for God’s faithfulness and justice
Psalm 116 – A Psalm of thanksgiving for deliverance from death
Psalm 117 – A Psalm calling the nations to praise
Psalm 118 – A Psalm of thanksgiving for the Lord’s everlasting mercy
Psalm 135 – A Psalm of praise to God
Psalm 138 – A Psalm of a grateful heart
Psalm 148 – A Psalm calling all creation to praise
Psalm 149 – A Psalm of thanksgiving for God’s salvation and judgement
Worship and the thanksgiving anointing
The Book of Psalms are poetic words that reflect the entire range of human emotions. David and the writers did not hold anything back, they expressed themselves fully. From the book of Psalms David and the writers experienced fear, anger, despair, love, joy, hope, sorrow, repentance, courage, etc. It is one book of the bible that reveals and touches the depths of human emotion. The soul of a worshipper is a liberated soul and the ability to let go of everything and arrive at a deeper level of intimacy with God is achieved through intense worship. David was a worshiper. He expressed himself freely through his music and his poetry and was labelled a man after God’s own heart probably due to the depth of passion and emotion inside him.
Subject to like passions. How to be a worshiper like David
- Those who worship God in spirit and in truth are not afraid to express or touch their emotions so ask the holy spirit to liberate you
- A soul that worships connects to the throne room of the almighty God. Learn to declutter your soul of negative emotions which will quench the holy spirit
- Live a life of holiness by constantly departing from sin. Purity draws the presence of heaven
- Pray for the anointing of thanksgiving, praise and worship
- Discipline your mind to think lovely, beautiful, honourable, pure and good thoughts
- Develop a state of mind filled with appreciation, thanks and contentment
- Practise intense worship by listening to and participating in anointed music
The book of Psalms adds up to a total of 150. Ephesians 5:19 has this advice “join with one another in holy songs of praise and of the Spirit, using your voice in songs and making melody in your heart to the Lord”. If passion drives your chariots, then David is your leading man.