Living 2018 Under the Flow of God's Fresh Oil
Oil is the lifeblood of the industrialised nations. Oil has become the world's most important source of energy since the mid-1950s. Its products underpin modern society, mainly supplying energy to power industry, heat homes and provide fuel for vehicles and aeroplanes to carry goods and people all over the world.
In Psalmist in Psalm 92:10 (ESV) we have these words: “You have poured over me fresh oil.”
This is a Psalm known as ‘A song for the Sabbath day.’ It’s a great Psalm and one prepared to be sung when God’s people met for worship on the Sabbath. Its author is unknown but what we do know is that whoever the author was, the psalm was written under divine inspiration.
The real symbol of oil in Scripture becomes clear when we read about Aaron, Israel’s first priest, who was anointed with oil as it consecrated him and his sons to serve as priests for God: “You shall anoint Aaron and his sons, and consecrate them, that they may serve me as priests.” (Exodus 30:30)
Oil was also used to anoint kings. Listen to the words of the Psalmist in Psalm 89:20: “I have found David, my servant; with my holy oil I have anointed him.”
In Scripture oil is symbolic of anointing.
As we live 2018 under the flow of God’s oil, what does this mean for me as individual?
Let me make three statements concerning the oil of anointing.
1. LIVING 2018 UNDER THE FLOW OF GOD’S FRESH OIL DOES NOT DEPEND ON OUR HUMAN ABILITIES OR PERFECTIONS
2. LIVING 2018 UNDER THE FLOW OF GOD’S FRESH OIL EMPOWERS FOR SERVICE
3. LIVING 2018 UNDER THE FLOW OF GOD’S FRESH OIL ENABLES THE MIRACELOUS
Note from the words of the Psalmist, it’s not 2017 oil or 1917 oil but “you have poured over me fresh oil.”
I don’t want the anointing of Spurgeon, Lloyd Jones or D.P. Williams, beneficial though it was for them and under that anointing they did great things for God. However, by 2018 it’s past its ‘sell by date.’ The Psalmist declares: “you have poured over me fresh oil.”………..and that’s what I want!
It was Bolton who prayed:
“Under the anointing daily let me live,
A priest and king;
Relying not on fleshly energy,
Thy smile to win”
Ps Arnallt Morgan