Psalm 23 – Week 13
You anoint me with the fragrance of your Holy Spirit (The Passion)
You honour me by anointing my head with oil (New Living Translation)
I do love the word “fragrance” used in The Passion Translation. Fragrance was such a key part of the middle eastern culture of Jesus’ day. The scriptures are full of references to fragrance.
Think for a moment of a fragrance that is attached to a special memory and/or a person. I think of the smell of Ponds cold cream on our mother’s face. The smell of Sunday stew made by our dad. The smell of the lake in the summer and the wood stove at my husband’s home where I went as a young girl. The smell of a crisp winter day that takes me back to skidooing in the hills surrounding my husband’s village. Smells take us back and make a past moment real once again.
The scriptures tell us that we are a fragrance of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those that are perishing. (2 Corinthians 2:15)
Christ’s death and resurrection are described as having a sweet aroma to God. (Ephesians 5:1-2)
In the Old Testament, whenever sacrifice was made or an altar of remembrance of what God had done for the person, most of the time we read that it was an aroma going up to God.
It is God who anoints us with this oil, this Spirit, this fragrance that goes out from our lives. Just like there are a million kinds of perfume, we all express our anointing in unique ways, according to how God made us.
The New Living Translation uses the word “honour.” It IS an honour. That God would anoint us with the Holy Spirit in such a way that a fragrance, a smell would go out and remind people of Jesus. Mind-blowing! Humbling! And wonderful.
Today, sit in silence and imagine Jesus coming with a fresh anointing for you. He anoints you with His very Spirit. Bring you back to Himself time and again. To give you the privilege of holding out a reminder to those who cross your path and with whom you do life. It’s a crazy, chaotic world. We are tired. We need a fresh touch, to smell the fragrance ourselves as Jesus pours it on us. Dwell in your anointing today.
Listen to this song that draws our longings to Jesus and open yourself to His fresh anointing.