Oil, Anointing, & Psalm 23: A Story of God’s Host Protection

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Summary

In Psalm 23, God anoints our heads with oil with such generosity that our cups will overflow with blessing! Now, that’s worth celebrating and worth sharing with others. Who could you share the good news with today?

Welcoming Someone into Your Home

What do you do when you have someone over for supper? Take their coats? Put their shoes somewhere the dog can’t eat them (maybe that’s just Gail and me!)? Offer them a drink? Anoint their head with oil?

Anointing Guests with Oil

The last one is unlikely. At least, it’s never happened to me when I’ve been somewhere for supper. But in ancient Middle Eastern culture, it was customary to anoint guests with fragrant oil at a feast or banquet. Hosts were also expected to protect their guests from harm at all costs throughout the meal. I don’t suppose many of us have to man the battlements whenever friends come to visit!

God’s Generosity and Blessing

In Psalm 23, God anoints our heads with oil with such generosity that our cups will overflow with blessing! He also promises to protect us like a host, even when we feel surrounded by enemies.

Sharing the Good News

And one day, we will dwell with him, the perfect Shepherd and host. He will guide us and protect us throughout our lives and welcome us as special guests in his house one day – forever! Now, that’s worth celebrating and worth sharing with others. Who could you share the good news with today?

The world can sometimes seem a frightening and chaotic place. This week in Battle Drill devotionals, we are reminded to depend on Jesus, our Good Shepherd, for our provision, guidance, and protection.

There’s a new episode of Battle Drill Devotional every Monday through Friday. Click on the link – https://linktr.ee/battlefieldresources – to listen, watch or subscribe to this podcast.

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