In Psalm 23 the psalmist writes, “He anoints my head with oil.” There is a wonderful group of parallels in this Psalm. This one is just as interesting as the rest, but we will start here.
During biblical times, occasionally great clouds of flies, mosquitoes and other insects would attack the shepherd’s flocks. In addition, the sheep could be afflicted by lice and ticks. These insects would especially attack the heads of the sheep, burrowing into their ears and noses. The results could range from irritation to disease and even death. To protect the sheep, the shepherd would make a mixture of olive oil and anoint the head of the sheep, rubbing the oil into its wool and especially around its nose, eyes, and ears. The oil would form a barrier of protection.
Do you have times of mental torment? Do worrisome thoughts invade your mind? God has an endless supply of oil to anoint our heads. Just as our Shepherd anoints us, His sheep, to protect us and lead the way to fix our heart, mind, and eyes on Him.
May our Good Father anoint your head with oil so that your cup overflows with blessings. Amen.
Christian Education Coordinator