Psalm 23:5b AMP “You anoint my head with oil; my [brimming] cup flows over.”
Oil was an important protective agent used by shepherds on their flock in David’s day. The oil protected the sheep from insects and was also used to keep any wounds they may have from getting infections.
Anointing with oil was used for hygienic practice with humans too. People would apply oil or grease to protect their skin from dryness. They also used oil to protect wounds and aid in their healing.
Beyond that, anointing was used as a means to set apart or authorized people for positions of leadership. You can read of an example of this with David, see 1 Samuel 16:1-13. This was common practice in David’s time and culture.
We as Christian have been anointed also. We have been set apart for special service. The apostle Paul tells us about our anointing in 2 Corinthians:
2 Corinthians 1:21 AMP says “But it is God Who confirms and makes us steadfast and establishes us [in joint fellowship] with you in Christ, and has consecrated and anointed us [enduing us with the gifts of the Holy Spirit];”
We as Christians were each given the Holy Spirit as a down payment of the resurrection. The Spirit works through us, using His gifts in us to fulfill God’s calling in each of our lives.
We are servants of the Lord, anointed to do His will and fulfill His purpose. Jesus is our perfect example of a servant. He was humble, He demonstrated selfless sacrifice, He touched others with His love, He was obedient to God’s will, and He was willing to suffer even unto death on a cross. That paints a perfect picture of the kind of servants we are to be. We are anointed for the purpose of bringing glory to the Lord.
Serving or being a servant isn’t a very popular concept today. But the Lord calls us to be servants as Christ was. Take time today to ask Him how He wants you to serve. What gift has He given you to use to touch the world with His love? We have been anointed having the Holy Spirit to work in and through us. The Lord wants ro use us, are you available to serve?
David ends this Psalm by declaring that his cup overflows. He is overwhelmed with the abundance that the Lord has bestowed upon him. He has given him so much. His cup overflows with God’s grace and favor.
Is your heart overflowing today in acknowledgment of all that the Lord has done for you? Respond to Him with praise, and worship, and service.