Summary: A closer look at Psalm 23 verse 5 Thou anointest my head with oil
The psalm is probably one of the most famous and best loved of the psalms. It has brought comfort and support to many over the centuries
Story: Some years ago a famous actor was giving an after dinner speech.
He asked his audience if there was any famous poem that they would like him to recite. There was a silence.
Eventually an old vicar raised his hand and said: "Psalm 23 please."
The actor agreed, on one condition: that the
clergyman should also recite the Psalm after he had finished.
The clergyman reluctantly agreed.
The actor recited the 23rd Psalm and received a tumultuous applause.
The clergyman then recited Psalm 23 and there was not a dry eye in the place.
At the end, the actor stood up and said:
"Do you know the difference between my version of the 23rd Psalm and his?
I know the psalm but this man knows the Shepherd".
Karen has been leading us in an “in depth” study of the psalm and so this week I’d like to start by standing back and taking an overview look before going to my specialist verse this evening
These three H’s are:
1. Haven of God. Ps 23:1-3a
1 The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2. He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still waters.
3a He restores my soul;
2. Highway to God Ps. 23:3b-4
3b He leads me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.
4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil;
For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
3. Happiness with God Ps. 23:5-6
5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house
of the LORD Forever.
And who said: I am the Good Shepherd Jesus of course
Jesus, the Good Shepherd provides a safe haven for us in the storms of the world around us
Jesus the Good Shepherd shows us the highway to God the Father and
Jesus the Good Shepherd is interested in our happiness.
My verse this evening – or part of a verse this evening is
“You anoint my head with oil: my cup runs over”
Anointing isn’t something we come across in everyday life in 21st Century.
But it is used in an everyday expression - the concept of “anointing one’s successor” is
For example in an article “Putin Names Medvedev His Successor” part of which read:
“Everyone understands that Putin has for all intents and purposes anointed his successor.
"We’ve got the name of the next President of the Russian Federation ...
However, the Jews steeped as they were in the Old Testament would have recognized that oil – and anointing had two very distinct uses.
2.1 Anointing as a consecration to the office of priest or king
When a King or Priest or Prophet was consecrated for a task – this was done by anointing
It was a symbolic act to show that God had chosen that person. Had set that person aside for a job