Thank you for joining me each week as we continue our journey through Psalms 23. It is one of the most well-known Scriptures. Many quote it or recite it by wrote, but have we taken the time to dive into the depth and richness found in these six short verses? Do we know what it means to live and be a Psalm 23 people?
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Christmas is one of my favorite holidays. It delights the gift giver in me. I love to bless my family and friends with an overflowing abundance of gifts, just ask my husband. LOL
It’s quality and quantity! I want to make sure the gifts are abundant and blessings overflow.
Gift giving is at the top of the list for me whenever I take the 5-love languages test. For a long time though, it was way out of balance with the other “4 love languages.” I mean ridiculously out of balance. Gifts was how I showed love and how I felt love. When taking the test, “gifts” would ranks 10-12 points higher than the other four gifts, which were all very low. That is until a few years ago when my dad got sick, and some priorities and other things changed for me. I realized that spending time and making memories with my dad and family was more important than buying him gifts that he couldn’t enjoy anymore because of his illness. I mean don’t get me wrong, “Gifts” are still up there on my list, but so are the others. There is more of a balance.
As I contemplate this portion of Scripture in Psalm 23:5b pertaining to cups overflowing, my mind, tends to go towards monetary things, and maybe yours does too? However, there is so much more to this Scripture than just the monetary blessings of life which God has in store for us as His people.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows (Psalm 23:5b NIV).
As I mentioned last week, there are two schools of thought in commentaries about verses 5-6 of Psalm 23. Some say it is a continuation of the Shepherd/Sheep metaphor from verses 1-4, while others say a switch takes place. The switch in verses 5-6 is that is now a metaphor (allegory) of God hosting a lavish banquet for His people. It is a picture of God’s lavish love, abundant provision, and protection directed towards those who are in relationship with Him. No matter which school of thought you find yourself in, there is much to glean and apply from both.
If viewing it through the shepherd/sheep lens we must understand the importance of anointing the sheep. As sheep graze, sometimes their head would get cut by sharp edges of stone buried in the grass. So, oil would be applied to the sheep’s wounds to prevent infection and aid in them healing properly.
Another reason for oil covering a sheep’s head, especially during the warmer months was because insects would often get into the sheep’s nose and ears and lay its eggs. < Uhhh, GROSS!> This can be a cause of weakness and even death in the affected sheep. The larvae would penetrate the skin and multiply soon leaving the sheep poisoned, so the oil was used as an insect repellent to keep the bugs away.
You care for all my needs, anointing my head with soothing, fragrant oil,
filling my cup again and again with Your grace. (Psalm 23:5b The Voice)
Finally, sheep often had to walk steep paths under the hot sun making them tired at the end of the day. After the shepherd gave them some water, he would apply oil to soothe the tired sheep.
We too can get physically, emotionally, and spiritually tired. We can have “bugs” that make their way into our hearts and mind. We can get discouraged and frustrated. Our hearts can get wounded. However, the good news is, we have a Shepherd that knows and understands the hurts of His children and He is always there to administer His healing anointing oil.
You honor me by anointing my head with oil.
My cup overflows with blessings. Psalm 23:5b NLT).
Now let’s look at this verse through the other lens:
Scented (Perfumed) oil was poured on the heads of distinguished guests when they attended a feast of a personal of great importance. As the priest prepared for their duties they would also be anointed with oil. As Christ followers, we too are among the priesthood, we are a chosen people, His chosen people. (1 Peter 2:9)
Not only that, 2 Corinthians 1:21-22 tells us that God not only anoints us, but He sets His seal of ownership on us. He puts His Spirit in our hearts as a “deposit guaranteeing” what He has for us. We need the “anointing” of the Lord to prepare us for the work ahead and to fulfil our mandate here on the earth.
Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us,
set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit,
guaranteeing what is to come (2 Corinthians 1:21-22 NIV).
As David declares in this portion of Psalms 23:5b – God is anointing his head with oil and also making sure that his cup runs over.
You anoint me with the fragrance of your Holy Spirit;
you give me all I can drink of you until my cup overflows (Psalm 23:5b TPT).
The culture at the time of David was such that not only would visitors be anointed with fragrant perfume, but they would be given a cup of the best, choice wine. This cup would be filled to the top until it would run over. This was meant to convey a message and imply that while this individual (visitor) remained, they would have abundance in everything they needed.
God is a God of overflowing blessings and abundance. He honors those who honor Him, and he longs to pour out blessings upon us. The cup of blessings is not just full, it is overflowing. David isn’t talking about a one-time deal of his cup overflowing, but it is a continual overflowing. As we live, the presence of the Holy Spirit and allow Him to flow through us, we will have abundant blessings. Scripture tells us that those who follow the Lord will have rivers of Living Water flowing through them (John 7:38). It’s a continual, never-ending flow.
You have anointed my head with oil;
My cup overflows (Psalm 23:5b NASB).
As we think about God’s abundant blessings, we must realize David isn’t talking about material possessions or that nothing bad will ever happen. As you read David’s story, you can see he had plenty and he lost plenty. You can see David had good times and he experienced painful times of loss, but through it all God provided for David and He will do the same for us. God gives us more than what we need. God is generous and He wants us to be generous people. Because our cup overflows, we can be generous to others. Just like our Father, we can use what He has given us to be His blessing to others.
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