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“…You anoint my head with oil…” Psalm 23.5
I want to highlight what David said in this verse but, first, we must remember that David was a shepherd before he became a king and he knew everything there is to know about sheep.
In the past, shepherds took great care of their sheep. While in the desert, insects and flies would torment the sheep all the time. These pests sometimes settled in the mucus of the sheep’s nostrils and laid their eggs, which created larvae. When this happened, the sheep would run from side to side, shaking their heads to get rid of the discomfort.
It is said that when this happened, the sheep became very weak and even depressed. Some sheep even died by banging their heads on rocks or trees in an attempt to get rid of the larvae. In order to help the sheep, the shepherds had to anoint their heads with oil, which was a repellent to the insects.
In a similar way, the devil wants to place his larvae in our head, to torment us and make us feel miserable.
Nowadays, people are tormented by the devil with thoughts and questions, which leave them discouraged, weak and afraid. Some people even kill themselves, all because they lack the anointing of the Holy Spirit in their lives.
We know that this oil is not just physical oil but it’s also the baptism of the Holy Spirit, which symbolises the new birth. When we receive the Holy Spirit, we receive the repellent that protects us from harm. Evil may attempt to enter our lives but, with the oil, it cannot stay!