“Fill Thy Horn With Oil, And Go” (Ready to Worship S3E11)

 

ReadyToWorship
Season 3, Episode 11
For Friday, April 29, 2016
“Fill Thy Horn With Oil, And Go”

HOST: Wade Webster

 

 

Show Notes:

The fifteenth chapter of First Samuel ends with Samuel mourning for Saul (1 Sam. 15:35). The sixteenth chapter of First Samuel begins in the same way. We read, “And the Lord said unto Samuel, How long wilt thou mourn for Saul, seeing I have rejected him from reigning over Israel? fill thine horn with oil, and go, I will send thee to Jesse the Bethlehemite: for I have provided me a king among his sons” (1 Sam. 16:1). Although it was good for Samuel to mourn for Saul, it was time for him to stop. He had mourned enough. I love the simple instructions that God gave to Samuel: “Fill thine horn with oil, and go” (16:1). 

There is much in our world today to fill our hearts with sorrow. However, we don’t need to be filled with overmuch sorrow (2 Cor. 2:7). God’s prescription for us is the same that He gave to Samuel. He wants us to fill our horns with oil and go. I am convinced that one of the places where we fill our hearts with oil is at worship.

As we get ready to worship this week, let’s remember that worship fills our horns (our hearts) with oil. When we leave services this week and every week, we will be better equipped to go forth and to fulfill the work that God has for us to do. 

Episode Transcript:

The fifteenth chapter of First Samuel ends with Samuel mourning for Saul (1 Sam. 15:35). The sixteenth chapter of First Samuel begins in the same way. We read, “And the Lord said unto Samuel, How long wilt thou mourn for Saul, seeing I have rejected him from reigning over Israel? fill thine horn with oil, and go, I will send thee to Jesse the Bethlehemite: for I have provided me a king among his sons” (1 Sam. 16:1). Although it was good for Samuel to mourn for Saul, it was time for him to stop. He had mourned enough. Saul had been rejected by God. The kingdom was not going to continue with him or his descendants. God was seeking a man after his own heart (1 Sam. 13:14). He was going to give the kingdom to a neighbor better than Saul (1 Sam. 15:28).  It was time for Samuel to get up and go to Jesse’ house in Bethlehem. God had found a king among his sons. 

I love the simple instructions that God gave to Samuel: “Fill thine horn with oil, and go” (16:1). God’s answer for Samuel’s sorrow over Saul and over the nation was for him to fill his horn with oil and go. 

There is much in our world today to fill our hearts with sorrow. Our “king” is worse than Saul ever thought about being. The blood of millions of infants is on his hands. For eight years he has done all that he can to weaken the moral fabric of our nation. Those likely to take his office appear to be bent on giving us more of the same. There is good reason for us to grieve night and day. However, we don’t need to be filled with overmuch sorrow (2 Cor. 2:7). God’s prescription for us is the same that was given to Samuel. He wants us to fill our horns with oil and go. 

I am convinced that one of the places where we fill our horns or our hearts with oil is at worship. First, our hearts are filled with comfort and courage at worship. We are built up by being with those of like previous faith (1 Thess. 5:11; 1 Cor. 16:18). Often, our horns are empty when we come to worship and they are overflowing when we leave. Second, our hearts are filled with knowledge by being in Bible classes and worship services (Col. 3:16). Many of us are blessed with teachers and preachers who study diligently to provide us with the riches of God’s word each week. When we leave church services, our horns are overflowing with oil. 

As we get ready to worship this week, let’s remember that worship fills our horns (our hearts) with oil. When we leave services this week and every week, we will be better equipped to go forth and to fulfill the work that God has for us to do. 

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