Deeper Day 167: Resplendent

Resplendent: Attractive and impressive through being richly colorful or sumptuous.

I ran across this word in a scripture about David’s crown the other day. I can’t explain why, but it stood out to me and I felt God had more to say about it…

If anyone knew about having a lot of enemies, it was David. It seems that from early in his story, until the end he was dealing with one type of enemy or another, even within his own household.

I believe some people carry such a powerful anointing and calling that there will be a constant barrage of jealousy around trying to steal the glory or criticizing the “crown” they wear.

Here is the scripture I read the other day,

“Here I will make a horn grow for David and set up a lamp for my anointed one. I will clothe his enemies with shame, but the crown on his head will be resplendent.” Psalm 132:17-18

There are certain ones that God places something inside that is unshakably brilliant. A light on the inside, a charisma so to speak. Nobody can manufacture that. You can’t borrow it or teach it. You either have it or you don’t. And that is the reason it attracts so much jealousy.

The world has really shown its hand on this, trying to drown out all light that is out of its control. That light that is directly from God. But they can’t take it away. They try to dishonor it and call it all sorts of names, but they can’t destroy it. The “church” is even guilty of this jealousy. They find a person who is uniquely gifted in a special way, that only God can create and they often turn away that person, or treat them with great suspicion, but it’s all rooted in jealousy.

What is the meaning of this?!

Imagine if we begin to encourage that anointing and give it a place to be matured and cultivated so it is even more resplendent? Then we might truly see a greater number of people drawn to the cross. I believe a great purpose in this type of resplendence is to attract people to the true gospel of Christ. God puts that special charisma in people so they can draw others to the kingdom.

When we shame it or cast out the person carrying it, then we risk stunting their growth or perverting it because of rejection. We are in large part responsible for the immaturity of many of these people because we’ve never given them a chance to be known and to grow. Who do they learn from if the church is afraid of being overshadowed by their splendor?

Prayer Moment: God, help us to receive those whom You have placed a unique and special anointing upon. The ones You’ve anointed to bring major shifts to the world. Forgive us for anytime we have rejected them out of jealousy. Help Your church to begin to steward those people well. We need them now, more than ever. Thank You for loving us. In Jesus name, Amen.

To man belong the plans of the heart, but from the Lord comes the reply of the tongue. All a man’s ways seem innocent to him, but motives are weighed by the Lord. Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed. The Lord works out everything for His own ends- even the wicked for a day of disaster.  Proverbs 16:1-4