Today’s Verse: Psalm 23:5b You have anointed my head with oil; My cup overflows. NASB
The whole business of anointing with oil just goes right over our heads. Culturally, we don’t anoint with oil for either health or ceremonial reasons really. I have been doing a sermon series on Psalm 23 using some really great material by Phillip Keller in his book A shepherd looks at Psalm 23. Apparently in the summer ranges where the shepherds take their flocks there is a big problem. They have lots of flies and the flies can drive the sheep to distraction. The shepherd applies the antidote which is usually a homemade concoction of linseed or olive oil, sulphur and tar. They apply the oil to the heads and noses of the sheep which keeps the flies away, This calms the sheep down and lets them enjoy the rich summer mountain pasturage. Our Shepherd gives us the anointing of His Holy Spirit to help keep the flies of life from driving us crazy… or worldly. We only need to ask for His assistance in helping us to overcome the annoyances of daily life and we can be blessed to the point of having cups which overflow. The antidote to these flies is there and ours for the asking. We need only be willing to let Him lead us in thought and action. What a blessing to have such a Good Shepherd caring for us.
May God bless your heart as you seek His.