Scripture: “Thou anointed my head with oil; my cup runneth over.” – (PS. 23:5b KJV).
Psalm 23 is one of my favorite. It was written by David. As a shepherd boy over his father’s sheep, he knew what it meant to keep a careful watch over his flock. The Psalmist is sharing his walk with God as the ultimate Shepherd over all.
Jehovah Raphah, Our Provider
The Lord my Shepherd, He assures us that we shall not want nor lack for any good thing(s). No good thing shall He withhold.
Be Still My Soul
The Lord my Shepherd, He makes me lay down in green pastures. Pastures are dwelling places. This is the place where everything thrives and is plentiful. The grass is tender and ripe for the sheep to partake of.
The Lord my Shepherd, He leads us beside the still waters. He guides us to springs of life-sustaining water. These waters are quiet and they elude peace and rest to our weary souls. These are the life-giving water the Apostle John spoke of in Revelation 7:17.
Anointed for the Assignment
The Lord my Shepherd, He anoints my head with oil, my cup runs over. It’s like the fine oil that was poured on Aaron’s head, that ran down on his beard, and over the collar of his robe. This is the oil that ran down the beard of Aaron the High Priest that David spoke of in Psalms 133. He was chosen by God to lead the procession of Levitical Priests; Exodus 28:41; Exodus 30:30. There’s an anointing that follows the assignment in accordance with God’s will and call that’s on the lives of his people. The anointing represents His presence with us and the favor that He bestows upon us.
The Way Maker
The Lord my Shepherd, leads us on the path of righteousness for his namesake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death. I will feel no evil. Revelations 7:16 reads, He who sits on the throne will spread His tabernacle over them and shelter and protect them with His presence. (*See Rev. 21:3).
My Dwelling Place
The Lord my Shepherd, He is with me. And because the Lord is my Shepherd, I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever. Amen. Psalms 23:1-6
David continues by declaring, “One thing I have asked of the LORD, and that I will seek: That I may dwell in the house of the LORD [in His presence] all the days of my life, To gaze upon the beauty [the delightful loveliness and majestic grandeur] of the LORD And to meditate in His temple.” (Psalms 27:4 Ampl. Bible).
These are precious promises of God given to believers. All of the promises of God are “Yea and Amen” to those who walk in the ways and the will of God.
In the Beginning
The origins of anointing were from the practice of shepherds. Lice and other insects would often get into the wool of sheep. When they got near the sheep’s head, they would burrow into the sheep’s ears and kill the sheep. Ancient shepherds poured oil on the sheep’s head, making the wool slippery. This made it impossible for insects to get near the sheep’s ear because the insect would slide off. This anointing became symbolic of blessings, protection, and empowerment.
As you begin your week, may God’s holy anointing be upon your head. Don’t allow anything to get near your head to enter your mind that can cause you hurt, harm or distractions. Protect your gates.
May God fill your cup with the oil of joy. You shall receive a fresh anointing. Enjoy the Lord’s Blessings of my love to you!