“THE Lord is my Shepherd [to feed, guide, and shield me], I shall not lack. …You anoint my head with oil….” Psalm 23:1, 5 AMPC
Our good shepherd anoints His sheep because they are important to Him. In doing so, He honors them individually as the object of His great love and care, marking them as His own with His healing, life giving, anointing oil. That is exciting to me. Looking at the purpose of a shepherd oiling a sheep’s head and applying it to us as God’s spiritual sheep, we find:
1. Oil protects our heads as we butt against the opposition found in this world, and even against differing viewpoints and personality issues in the church.
2. Oiling protects against enemy attacks set to steal, kill, destroy, hinder, and irritate.
3. Oiling protects against sickness of body, soul, spirit, mind, and strength.
4. Oiling softens and heals cuts, scrapes, scabs, and scars.
The Good Shepherd loves us, therefore He tends our individual need, lovingly, watchfully, and carefully anointing our heads with the oil of His healing balm.
Cast “the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully.” 1 Peter 5:7 AMPC