12 May Surviving COVID-19 – When the Lord is Your Shepherd Part 7
You Anoint My Head with Oil, My Cup Overflows
” You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.” Psalm 23:5
Blowfly strike is a serious disease worldwide in sheep of all ages. It is caused by ‘blowflies’ laying eggs in damaged areas of skin. Larvae then hatch and eat the skin causing severe and debilitating disease. The fly lays its eggs on the sheep, and within twenty-four hours, the larvae penetrate the skin and multiply, which leads to the poisoning of the sheep. This affliction brings a great distress for the sheep, but, thankfully, there is a treatment. It is called the backlining of the sheep; an appropriate ointment is poured on the animal’s head and along its back.
In the same way, oil brings healing to our bodies and our soul. The book of James says, “Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord.” The Lord anoint our hear to hear and our eyes to see. The anointing oil is a connection between us and the healing for the bruises we sustain in life. “You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.”
Anointing oil also signifies gladness. The scripture says in Isaiah 61:1–3. “Who brings good news to the poor? Who binds up the brokenhearted, proclaims liberty to the captives, giving “the oil of gladness instead of mourning”? Surely this is the Anointed One, the Lord Jesus. It is as we consider Him that we have joy and gladness. If not, we are weary and faint in our minds.
Psalm 133 also likens unity to a precious oil that is poured over the head of Aaron, the priest. Unity is precious. We need to love and wish well for “all those in every place who call on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Cor. 1:2). How can we exclude from our love and prayers anyone whom Christ includes in His? Oil can smooth troubled water. Oil nourishes.
May God bless you and remember to Stay CALM, SAFE, CLEAN, and SANCTIFIED.
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Pastor Jide Lawore
Lead Pastor, Agape House of Worship