Psalms 23: The oil and the cup-1
Psalms 23:5 “Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: THOU ANOINTEST MY HEAD WITH OIL; MY CUP RUNNETH OVER.”
Our meditation today has to do with the latter part of Psalms 23:5. Here, Kind David made a very profound but rather strange statement.
He said God the good shepherd anointed his head with oil and his cup had an overflow. In order words there was oil on his head and the oil made the cup to get filled. That looked rather strange.
It sounds strange because it was the head that had the oil and not the cup; but how come the cup got filled since the oil was not poured into the cup?
Friend, the oil here is not physical oil, it is the anointing of the Holy Spirit. When a man is anointed, he is supernaturally empowered to perform tasks and activities beyond the ordinary. The anointing is an endowment of God upon a man. No king reign in Israel without being anointed.
In the New Testament era, believers have this endowment supernaturally at the new birth. When the Holy Spirit comes upon a man he anoints him for performance. Hear this:
1 John 2:27 “But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.”
We have been anointed and the anointing abides in us. The only challenge is that many times we don’t understand the second part of this Psalms 23:5.
This part talks about the effect of the anointing. The anointing we receive is not just for announcing that we are believers or praying in tongues, it is for supernatural performance. It is an ability that makes us superior to the heathen and even our competitors and contemporaries.
It is what makes us thick and mysterious.
To be continued…
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