v 13 So as David stood there among his brothers, Samuel took the flask of olive oil he had brought and anointed David with the oil. And the Spirit of the Lord came powerfully upon David from that day on.
We jump ahead a good few years now. In chapter 12 Samuel says about himself ‘I stand here before you—an old, grey-haired man—and my sons serve you. I have served as your leader from the time I was a boy to this very day. ‘ So now he is very old indeed and Saul has fallen by the wayside in failing God, so a new leader/King is called for. To Samuel falls the unenviable task of anointing a new King in spite of any opposition from Saul. Today’s reading, about how Samuel eventually comes to the young shepherd-boy David, is well-known to many of you. It shows yet again the unfailing obedience of Samuel to whatever the Lord asks of him in spite of the risks involved and the possibility of Saul’s antagonism.
What a man Samuel was, serving God from childhood and on into old age.